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Some quality defensive performances made it hard for the league's attacking players - check out who made Goal.com's A-League team of the week

A-League

Team Of The Week:

Week 23

Table/Results


GOALKEEPER

Mark PASTON
Wellington Phoenix

Melbourne Heart coach John van 't Schip rightfully rued the profligacy of his men after the Phoenix claimed a 1-1 draw on Saturday, but the role of Paston in the result cannot be overlooked.  Paston has struggled to assert himself as the Phoenix's No.1 despite being at the club since 2007, but showed exactly why coach Ricki Herbert can count on him with his commanding presence in the area.  His first-half save on the stretch from Fred's drive was the highlight.

DEFENDERS

Michael THWAITE
Gold Coast United



Andrew DURANTE
Wellington Phoenix



Ben SIGMUND
Wellington Phoenix


It was a weekend for those at the back - with just eight goals scored across the five matches - and Goal.com would have had little trouble putting together Team of the Week full of defenders.  Apologies, therefore, need to go to the likes of Sydney FC's Michael Beauchamp and Gold Coast United's Zach Anderson, but we could pick only three.  Thwaite wins a place after yet another David v Goliath performance for United, proving why his signature will perhaps be the most sought-after at season's end.  Defensive partners Durante and Sigmund earn call-ups after keeping their side in the match while the Heart dominated a large part of Saturday's match.  Durante was perhaps fortunate to stay on the pitch after a poor tackle in the first half, but recovered his composure to play a key part in Paul Ifill's equaliser.


MIDFIELDERS

Travis DODD
Perth Glory




FRED
Melbourne Heart



Terry McFLYNN
Sydney FC



Wayne SRHOJ
Melbourne Heart



Dodd's winner against the Central Coast was hardly the most spectacular of his career, but his energetic performance in the oven-like conditions in Perth on Sunday gets him a place this week.  Fred and Srhoj were both diligent and creative for Heart, marshalling the midfield and perhaps going unrewarded by their side's inability to claim the three points on Saturday. Sydney FC captain McFlynn makes the cut for similar reasons; Saturday's 'Big Blue' with Victory did not hit any heights, ensuring McFlynn's unglamorous but effective style stood out.


FORWARDS

Paul IFILL
Wellington Phoenix



Besart BERISHA
Brisbane Roar


Joel CHIANESE
Sydney FC


With the defenders on form, it was a tough weekend for the league's strikers.  Berisha wins a place by virtue of his equaliser against Adelaide United on Sunday - a strike straight out of the poacher's manual.  Chianese's emergence with the Sky Blues has begged the question of why coach Vitezslav Lavicka did not turn to his youth reserves earlier, and the 22-year-old was a standout in Saturday's 'Big Blue'.  Should he improve his finishing, the home-grown talent will become a dangerous A-League forward. Ifill, meanwhile, was the standout striker in Week 23, dropping back into the Phoenix's midfield when it need support against the Heart on Saturday, and then hitting a superb equaliser when offered little more than a half-chance.  There may only be one Paul Ifill, but it would be better if there were two.

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