A-League Team of the Week: Gallas survives, Broxham thrives

Goal Australia brings you the best XI from each round of the 2013-14 A-League season. The winning teams are well-represented in Round 6, but there's also a few surprises this week

Team Of The Week:



Western Sydney Wanderers

Another solid night from veteran shot-stopper Covic, who kept out his former team Melbourne Victory and earned a second consecutive clean sheet for the league leaders. Now 38, the two-cap Socceroo is still going strong, and has proven himself to be a dependable last line of defence for Tony Popovic's determined outfit.


William GALLAS
Perth Glory

Sydney FC

Sydney FC

Ok, so he only came on the last half hour and nearly died from dehydration after that short spell in searing conditions, but William Gallas has had his first taste of the A-League and gets an honorary spot in our Team of the Week. No freebies from here on though William - now you have to earn it. What a transformation Sydney FC have undergone in recent weeks, from no-hopers to a competent outfit. Petkovic helped marshal the backline on their way to a first clean sheet since the Round 1 win over Newcastle Jets, while Abbas showed his versatility by standing in at fullback to great effect, spilling blood in the Sky Blues' cause.


Perth Glory

Leigh Broxham
Melbourne Victory

Newcastle Jets

Labinot HALITI
Western Sydney Wanderers

Leigh Broxham has been a great survivor at Melbourne Victory. Many thought he was for the chop when Ernie Merrick left, but he seen the back of three different coaches since then, and skippered the team in the absence of Mark Milligan on Saturday. Lacking the creative gifts of the regular club captain, he was the senior, assured member of a two-man central midfield alongside Rashid Mahazi. Rarely gave the ball away, and unfortunate to end up on the losing side. Zadkovich put in a similarly committed captain's performance for the Jets. Nagai and Haliti undeniably belong further forward, so we're deploying them as wide players in a top-heavy formation this week. The former has been arguably Perth's most consistent threat so far this term, while super-sub Haliti was up to his usual tricks against the Victory, coming on to set-up Mark Bridge's winner.


Adelaide United

Alessandro DEL PIERO
Sydney FC

Newcastle Jets

Marcelo Carrusca and Jeronimo Neumann grab the spotlight more often than not for Adelaide, but Fabio Ferreira has been tremendous for the Reds early in 2013-14, a hard-working, penetrative presence on the right flank who also does his fair share of defensive work. Alessandro Del Piero is a candidate to become a permanent fixture in our Team of the Week, after pulling the strings and notching from the penalty spot away to Melbourne Heart. Adam Taggart meanwhile grabbed two goals in a single game for the first time in his career, building on the previous week's strike against Adelaide to help the Roar beat the Jets at Hunter Stadium. Both goals were well taken, particularly the second, when he seized on a ball which held up in standing water to steal in on goal and rifle a shot past Michael Theo.

What do you think? Did we miss anyone or include anyone who did not deserve it? Let us know below!

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