Tony Popovic's team marched to the top of the table by getting all the basics right, but there's trouble brewing for John Aloisi after his side slumped to another limp defeat
Melbourne Heart were at least producing some decent performances and creating chances before their latest loss. It was unquestionably Heart's worst showing of the campaign and stretched their winless run to start the campaign to six matches. They have been ravaged by injury, but not even that is enough to excuse a performance that lacked hunger and urgency, even after going 2-0 down. Sydney had never won at AAMI Park before and coasted to the most comfortable of victories. John Aloisi will only come under more pressure and only results can ease that – as Sky Blues coach Frank Farina has found out in the past fortnight. You need to score to win and the Heart are now without a goal in exactly six-and-a-half hours. They cannot afford another performance like Friday night or Aloisi may not survive beyond his team's trip to Newcastle on Sunday.
2. Gombau stops the Adelaide rot, Gallas off the mark (Michael Washbourne @ nib Stadium)
Adelaide secured their first point since Round 2 in Saturday's 1-1 draw with Perth and that will ease the pressure slightly on first-year A-League coach Josep Gombau after three straight losses. Gombau's side played with better structure and looked more disciplined than in previous weeks, but will need to bring that and more to the table against Melbourne Victory on Saturday night. Glory marquee signing William Gallas looked sharp after coming on as a substitute in the second half and will be better for the run. Gallas appeared to partner well in with fellow centre-back Michael Thwaite during his 30 minutes on the pitch.
3. Wanderers keep it simple - and keep winning (Iain Strachan @ Pirtek Stadium)
The A-League is full of teams trying to play pretty football this season, and they should be commended for trying. So far none of them have got it right. Melbourne Victory have threatened to blow teams away in short spells, Brisbane Roar have started to look a little more like the team which won two titles under Ange Postecoglou, while Josep Gombau's ambitious attempt to turn Adelaide into Barcelona is very much a work in progress. Over at Wanderland, amid all the noise and colour, Tony Popovic could just K.I.S.S. his players. Why? Because they keep it simple, stupid. A miserly defence, high work-rate, positional discipline and the uncanny ability to snatch a goal against the run of play or late in games is a proven recipe for success, especially if your team happens to wear red and black hoops. They won't earn any points for style, and that's just as well, because no-one is handing them out. The points that matter come from winning games, and the Wanderers know exactly how to do that.
4. Back to back Jets mean business (Mark Hughes @ Hunter Stadium)
The Newcastle Jets have shown they are a sterner side than in seasons past by fighting back from a goal down to register a gritty win against the league leading Brisbane Roar. Remarkably, it was the first time in the club's history that they have fought back from a half-time deficit to win a match and coach Gary van Egmond said it is a mark of his side's resolve and mental strength. Belief goes a long way in football, and if the Jets can maintain their current mindset, they could find themselves pushing higher up the ladder and being a real threat in this competition. Their marquee player Emile Heskey is nearing full match fitness and they will only benefit from his return.
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