A-League team of the week - Week 9: The art of defence

Goals were at a premium, and that is reflected in a hard-working, defensively minded XI - Check out who make Goal.com's A-League team of the week
GOAL.com Indonesia   By KIERAN JONES


Team Of The Week:

Week 9



Nathan COE
Melbourne Victory

Coe had his best game for Victory since arriving back in Australia from Denmark and beat out Vedran Janjetovic to the goalkeeping spot in this week’s team. An excellent reaction save from a Shane Smeltz header was the difference between a win and a draw for the hosts.


Brisbane Roar

Wellington Phoenix

Central Coast

Central Coast

Hingert was just as much an attacker for Brisbane as a defender on Saturday, taking any opportunity to run forward and attack defenders. One of his runs led to the penalty for Brisbane, which was ultimately the deciding goal, and he was unlucky to be substituted. Sigmund once helped the dour Wellington defence to a clean sheet and, although he came close to giving away a penalty to Joe Gibbs, he kept the Western Sydney front men quiet. With Sigmund in the centre is Sainsbury, who alongside Rose was largely responsible for the Mariners' win over Adelaide. Rose scored in the 45th minute of the game and had an attacking game at left-back, while still managing to shut down Adelaide's attacks on the flanks.


Brisbane Roar

Central Coast

Melbourne Victory

Paartalu gets the nod after a monumental performance in midfield, putting in plenty of miles with his running in midfield and playing his best game so far this season. He went very close to scoring in the 26th minute, but was also helped out at the back and put his actions where his words were after criticising the club's coaching staff during the week. Celeski makes the midfield of this week's team and provides a hard edge to the midfield. Celeski had a tangle with Shane Smeltz in the first-half, but that did not deter him from playing on and linking with Gui Finkler to set up Rojas' goal. He has breathed new life into an A-League career many predicted was on the wane.  Montgomery not only scored the winner for the Mariners against Adelaide, but was productive with his passing all day and picked up his second-successive team of the week place.


Melbourne Victory

Adelaide United

Wellington Phoenix

Rojas may not make the team of the week for much longer if he continues his good form because overseas opportunities will come knocking. The 'Kiwi Messi' not only scored the only goal from a beautifully placed finish in to the top corner, but created chances for others throughout the game. Alongside Rojas is Djite, who found form in Adelaide's loss to the Mariners. Djite had enough class to finish with his left foot after a quick turn outside the box - a true No.9's goal. On the left is Ifill, who was one of the few to handle the tricky conditions in Wellington and would combine well with Djite and Rojas in this XI.

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