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The West Australian side claimed victory over the leaders Central Coast in stifling conditions in Perth, while Brisbane Roar failed to pounce on the Mariners' slip-up

ANALYSIS
By Ben Somerford

Results

Newcastle Jets 1-1 Gold Coast United, Melbourne Heart 1-1 Wellington Phoenix, Sydney FC 1-0 Melbourne Victory, Brisbane Roar 1-1 Adelaide United, Perth Glory 1-0 Central Coast Mariners

THE WEEKEND STORY

In a weekend of few goals, Perth Glory were the big winners as they all but sealed a home final with a 1-0 victory over leaders Central Coast in stifling heat in West Australia. The Mariners may have moved five points clear at the top, after Brisbane had stumbled to a 1-1 draw at home to struggling Adelaide United, but Graham Arnold's men couldn't take the chance afforded to them, leaving the race for the Premier's Plate wide open. Meanwhile, Sydney FC kept alive their top six hopes with a 1-0 win over struggling rivals Melbourne Victory.

THE STANDINGS | Top Four

  P W D L F A GD Pts
1 Central Coast
25 13 6 6
37 23 +14 45
2 Brisbane Roar
25 12 7
6 46 26 +20 43
3 Perth Glory 25 12 4 9 36 30 +6 40
4 Wellington 25 12 4 9 33 27 +6 40

PLAYER OF THE WEEKEND

Joel Chianese

Sydney FC

The 22-year-old has emerged as a huge prospect for the Sky Blues in recent weeks, but he showed he can deliver now with a busy performance in their 1-0 victory over Melbourne Victory. Chianese may need to work on his finishing in front of goal but his energy and speed caused Victory's defence all sorts of issues on Saturday.

QUOTES OF THE WEEKEND

"Change is needed whether I'm here or not... the club has been very loyal but I just think it needs freshening up."
-Melbourne Victory's interim coach Jim Magilton on the direction of the eighth-placed club

“I thought it was an average game of football. Give full credit to Perth Glory, but if you ask the 22 players on the pitch how they felt, I think they all would be pretty disappointed with the way they played. It’s not a good spectacle to watch... I just worry about player’s welfare.”
-Mariners boss Graham Arnold after their 1-0 loss to Perth played in stifling conditions with the temperature hovering 35 degrees

"We were too selfish, that was just not enough, we all know that, it's costing us the two points we needed to be more sure of going into the playoffs."
-Heart coach John van 't Schip after his side fluffed numerous chance before conceding late to draw 1-1 with Wellington

THE NUMBERS

8 - Number of goals scored in the A-League this weekend
4 - Number of games the league-leading Mariners have gone without a win
1 - Number of wins in the Mariners' past seven A-League games
18 - Besart Berisha's goal tally for the 2011-12 season
19 - Shane Smeltz's A-League record for most goals in a season
18,180 - The crowd in attendance for Sydney's Big Blue win over Melbourne Victory, the club's best figure for the season

PHOTO OF THE WEEKEND
Clive Palmer's helicopter message | Hovering above the Jets-GCU clash

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