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Some interesting inclusions, though once the final squad is selected there is a good chance that not much will have changed since our last squad.

Good to see Petratos and Brillante finally getting some recognition. Petratos should at very least make the squad over Troisi.

Bert van Marwijk makes a few surprise calls with first Socceroos squad

The more competitive football matches Australian teams are playing, the better. To me, it doesn’t even matter if no one ends up watching it, we need competitive football to develop our players, so I’d be all for it.

Australian football needs a League Cup

I wouldn’t necessarily agree that opposition teams don’t get due credit – Central Coast were lauded for their dismantling of Sydney earlier in the season, and rightfully so. Similarly Jets showed some good fight in their 2-1 loss in the rain, though ultimately that scoreline may ultimately have been flattering for the Jets.

It’s just that Sydney have only lost 1 and drawn 1 all season so far – when you look at that record, and last seasons record, its hard to give too much credit away from them. They just keep winning.

Jets look really good this season. Hopefully they can really take the fight to Sydney – they certainly have an attack capable of doing it, they just weren’t able to show that in the earlier meeting against Sydney. Similarly, Adelaide have shown a great ability to create plenty of chances, they just need someone to get on the end of them and start burying them. City seem to becoming a bit of a trainwreck right now off the field, though early in the season I tipped them as champions, and I still think they are capable of that, if they can string together some consistency.

Sydney confirm their championship credentials - again

The really scary thing is we haven’t even seen the best of Sydney yet. Ninkovic and Adrian have only played just over 90min together this season – when both are fit they could tear the league apart.

Sydney confirm their championship credentials - again

Again Waz, the key here is “obvious errors”. The VAR can only overturn an on field decision if an error is obvious, with no scope for subjective interpretation. Both instances listed in your post have some scope for interpretation, some will argue its a pen and some not, some will argue Brosque’s handball was one or not, but its the ref on the field who made a decision in the first place. Without VAR the decisions are the same. I think people would be even more angry if VAR was changing borderline decisions. The Wanderers handball is a bit more interesting, I think they got the decision right in the end though.

I think most of the criticism VAR is copping is coming from people who don’t understand how the system is supposed to work. Its not supposed to make every decision perfect – its only there to spot the howler.

VAR isn't going away, and nor are the complaints

It depends on your interpretation of “obvious”. The onfield ref deemed the first handball accidental and second not, and because there was scope for discussion in it the VAR couldn’t overrule, as it wasn’t an “obvious” mistake. If this were cricket, it would be “umpires call”.

Remember, the VAR is designed to side with the on field refs call as much as possible. Its only supposed to overrule if the decision is an absolute objective howler. If there is any room for subjective interpretation it’s not supposed to be used.

In most of the controversial situations, if the VAR wasn’t there the decision would remain exactly the same regardless.

VAR isn't going away, and nor are the complaints

Yeah I think people are complaining about the VAR in the wrong instances. The VAR worked exactly as intended in that Brosque handball, its there to override obvious errors. The on field ref gave a penalty, it was the VAR’s job to prove conclusively that it was an error. Without the VAR the decision is the same anyway.

People have a right to complain about the length of time VAR is taking though, it really is slowing games down more and more.

VAR isn't going away, and nor are the complaints

He spent a bit of time with the national side recently so this doesn’t surprise me. This Victory form slump couldn’t have come at a worse time for him though

Milligan sees red as Jets thump Victory

Even the basics aren’t right at the moment. At times last night Victory couldn’t even string a couple of passes together without either sending it out of play or coughing it up straight to a Jets player.

The Victory team isn’t that bad on paper. There are plenty of good players there, they just are playing with no intensity or purpose.

Milligan sees red as Jets thump Victory

In those first ten minutes, I thought Victory were going to give the Jets a walloping. The Jets seemed to be stretched at the back and Victory had all of the ball and were looking dangerous. However, just before the equalizer Jets suddenly transformed into a different team, with every pass direct and incisive and they pushed so many numbers forward so quickly Victory got overwhelmed at the back. It was such a stark contrast to the slow ponderous play Victory were producing.

I think that even without the red card, Jets still would have won. If they can remove those weak phases from their game they will be genuine title contenders.

Milligan sees red as Jets thump Victory

I thought for a bit Victory were working themselves back into the game. But they just all switched off at the back. Victory can’t even string together even a basic passage of play at the moment. I can’t work out if the Jets are that good or Victory are that bad tonight

Newcastle Jets vs Melbourne Victory: A-League live scores, blog

The first ten minutes were all Melbourne Victory. They aren’t out completely only 1 goal behind. But Milligan….he owes his team mates a beer. Or several. Maybe a bottle of whiskey each. If you are going to headbutt another player, maybe don’t do it directly in front of the ref?

Newcastle Jets vs Melbourne Victory: A-League live scores, blog

If this is how good the Jets can be without O’Donovan, how good will they be when he’s back?

Newcastle Jets vs Melbourne Victory: A-League live scores, blog

The difference between the speed of the two teams is huge. Victory slow and ponderous with the ball, Jets direct with every pass having purpose

Newcastle Jets vs Melbourne Victory: A-League live scores, blog

Red or not, you have to admire the absolute stupidity to headbutt a player directly in front of the ref. The mind boggles

Newcastle Jets vs Melbourne Victory: A-League live scores, blog

Victory are in all sorts now. Jets are attack attack attack and they have made it ten times harder for themselves.

Newcastle Jets vs Melbourne Victory: A-League live scores, blog

Two absolute cracker goals! Jets have lots of numbers forward, this game could be bonkers

Newcastle Jets vs Melbourne Victory: A-League live scores, blog

What an absolute cracker!

Newcastle Jets vs Melbourne Victory: A-League live scores, blog

If O’Donovan were there, I’d pick the Jets to win for sure. If the Jets can beat Victory without him, that would be a big statement towards the Jets title chances (with the added benefit of piling more misery onto Muscat).

The Roar’s A-League expert tips and predictions: Round 8

That first year of his reign, when he cut the dead weight and shoved us into a new era and grabbing us that trophy in our own backyard, is what he will be best remembered for.

The rest of his reign will be remembered for our struggles to adapt to a rapidly more professional and competitive Asian confederation, but in the end he did what he set out to.

The recent turbulence won't conceal the sparkle of the Postecoglou era

His only previous experience to getting the national job all those years ago was a few very old brief NSL jobs and the National Assistant job. Since then he’s gone on to win everything there is to win in our domestic league. He’s not the same manager he was 10 years ago.

Who are the contenders to replace Ange Postecoglou?

He’s looked a bit like a defeated man in recent times. I’m not sure he does actually want to coach, judging by his comments about his family and wanting to spend more time with them.

Ambassador for a South Melbourne A-league bid might actually suit him quite well.

Ange Postecoglou quits as Socceroos boss

I’m sure Harry Redknapp would be keen to join. He could select some players from his beloved “South Coast Mariners”.

Who are the contenders to replace Ange Postecoglou?

Good point. We don’t really have a rush to pick someone right away. I think the FFA has got some more immediate concerns to deal with first, because if they get disbanded by FIFA next week then who knows what will happen.

Who are the contenders to replace Ange Postecoglou?

I think we need be have some agreement about expectations for the national team, to be able to find the right coach.

If we want the best possible result at the World Cup, a high profile foreign coach may be the way to go. The downside of this is if we change coaches again before the Asian Cup 6 months later, it may leave the new coach very little time to prepare for it (only a handful of friendlies at most), and may affect our performance there.

If we want the best possible result at the Asian Cup, we should go for a coach to do both competitions. This may limit our options as some of the higher profile coaches may not want to go for a longer period, and may affect our results at the World Cup, but would but us in the best possible position to retain the Asian Cup – much in the same way Ange used the last World Cup to prep for our Asian Cup triumph.

Who are the contenders to replace Ange Postecoglou?