A-League team of the week - Week 12: Wanderers rule again

Another week, another derby, while Western Sydney's good form continued - Check out who made Goal.com's team of the week
GOAL.com Indonesia   By ALAN NICOLEA


Team Of The Week:

Week 12



Wellington Phoenix

Despite getting caught in no-man's land early in the first half, Paston improved his performance dramatically to keep the Central Coast Mariners at bay in Saturday's 1-1 draw. Paston came to the fore in the second half, denying Tom Rogic one on one when the young Mariners star was through on goal. It was a save that kept Wellington in the contest and allowed the Phoenix to press for the eventual equaliser late in the second half.


Western Sydney

Central Coast

Western Sydney

Melbourne Victory

Beauchamp's stellar form continued as he was once again at the heart of a very composed and organised Wanderers defence. He did not put a foot wrong on the few occasions that Adelaide got forward on Saturday, and his distribution of possession from the back ignited a Wanderers midfield that wreaked havoc against United. Zwaanswijk was also extremely solid at the back for the Mariners against Wellington. He was always in the right position to shut off any dangerous Phoenix attacks down the flank and his physicality was hard to match for Wellington attackers such as Fenton and Sanchez. Polenz, at right-back, was an all-action figure whose penchant for getting forward was all-too evident for the Wanderers.  Rounding off the back four is Traore, who played a critical role in Victory's derby win against the Heart. His strong performance was highlighted by a late defining tackle on Heart winger David Williams, igniting the Victory counter attack that ended with the winning goal from Thompson.


Youssouf HERSI
Western Sydney

Shinji ONO
Western Sydney

Western Sydney

Melbourne Victory

A dominant display against Adelaide rightfully sees the Wanderers dominate this week's midfield, with three players included. Hersi was the epitome of energy and spark for the Wanderers last week. He set up Bridge's opening goal with a delicate flick and produced a fine short ball that allowed his team-mate to secure his hat-trick. Ono and Poljak once again find themselves in the midfield after dominating against Adelaide. Ono had a hand in Bridge's opening goal and also got on the scoresheet in the second half with a cracking low drive from the edge of the box. Poljak continues to go from strength to strength as he tormented Adelaide's defence early with his incisive runs, before producing a fine through ball that allowed Bridge to score his second goal of the night. The Wanderers monopoly in the midfield is broken by Rojas, who was instrumental in Victory's win over the Heart. He cleared a header off the line early in the first half and then came alive in the second to score Victory's opener, before producing a terrific through ball for Thompson to score the match winner.


Western Sydney

Melbourne Heart

Iti is no surprise to see Bridge upfront this week after his superb hat-trick against Adelaide. Bridge was clinical to say the least, calmly slotting home Hersi's terrific flick for his first goal. He then showed composure when he was played in by Poljak, beating a defender and then slotting a low drive into the bottom corner. His third goal was once again the product of Hersi's short ball, which Bridge calmly buried in the bottom corner. Accompanying Bridge upfront is Williams from Melbourne Heart. Despite playing in a losing side, Williams was outstanding for the Heart, with his speed down the flank causing tremendous headaches for Victory's defence. He nearly sparked the Heart to life in the second half with two well-executed volley attempts. The first was a low drive that went just wide of the post and the second effort would have been a contender for goal of the season, had the volley not been well saved by Covic. A true livewire for the Heart.

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