A-League team of the week - Week 24: Brains over brawn

It was all about deft touches and pin-point balls rather than physicality in Week 24 - So who made Goal.com's A-League team of the week?

Team Of The Week:

Week 24



Michael THEO
Brisbane Roar

Without doubt, the toughest position to fill this week.  The performances of Perth's Danny Vukovic, Nathan Coe of Melbourne Victory and Eugene Galekovic in Adelaide's win over Melbourne Heart would have won them a place any other week, but Theo just edges them out with his superb performance in the 1-1 draw with Melbourne Victory.  Amid a host of fantastic saves by goalkeepers over the weekend, Theo's world-class stop from Daniel Mullen's shot was the difference in him winning the No.1 shirt.


Western Sydney

Perth Glory

Brisbane Roar

Sydney FC

One of the underlying factors in Western Sydney's outstanding debut season has been some canny foreign signings, with Tony Popovic's capture of Polenz just one of them.  The German was typically dynamic at right-back in the 2-1 win over Wellington, playing a big hand in winning the Wanderers' opening penalty.  Alongside him is Thwaite, who marshaled the Glory's defence to repel wave after wave of Jets' attacks.  His effort at the Harlem Shake after scoring the winner might not have been his best work, but the goal could well prove crucial to Perth's finals chances.  North partners him in defence playing a key role blunting Victory's attack.  North's return to full fitness comes right in time for the Roar's finals push.  Completing the back four is the A-League's most versatile player, Grant.  Thrust into left-back as a result of Fabio's suspension, the 22-year-old seems incapable of letting his team down and was pivotal to the win over Central Coast.


Brisbane Roar

Newcastle Jets

Sydney FC

Adelaide United

Franjic's attacking instincts have seemingly been unharnessed as a right midfielder rather than his usual full-back role, and he took his goal against Victory superbly.  Bridges, meanwhile, was the classiest player on the park in the Jets' 2-1 loss to Glory, moving more freely than he had in some time and showing the sort of touch that never deserts players of his pedigree.  Restored to Sydney FC's starting XI, Antonis continued to show signs that he is beginning to capitalise his much-vaunted potential.   Having seemingly shrugged off his fitness problems, the 19-year-old laid off the perfect return pass for Joel Chianese to score Sydney FC's sealer.  Vidosic wins his place after his return to form, against Melbourne Heart, on Monday.  The fringe Australia international went close to ending a scoring drought that extended into 2012 when he struck the upright from distance, but found the back of the net from the spot soon after.  Vidosic matched his usual trickery with endeavour to prove vital in Adelaide's win.


Western Sydney

Newcastle Jets

Often criticise for lacking consistency, Bridge has found that and more after joining the Wanderers.  He had just 45 minutes alongside key playmaker and partner-in-crime Shinji Ono before the Japanese's substitution at half-time, but Bridge's touch and desire to make something happen stayed with him and he got his reward from the spot in the second half.  Taggart wins his place after a hard-working effort for the Jets, capped by a well-taken goal.  The highly rated forward seems to enjoy playing in front of Bridges, and looks a confident player for Gary van Egmond.

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