A-League Team of the Week: Midfield miracles from Brattan, Engelaar

There was a goal from inside half-way by the Dutchman, a day after the holding player got forward to supply a dramatic winner in the Queensland capital. Both make our select XI
It was a very tough call this week between Lawrence Thomas and Liam Reddy. The Mariners man, despite being caught out by Orlando Engelaar's wonder goal from near half-way, produced a string of excellent saves, particularly in the second half, to keep his team in the game on their way to a 2-1 win away from home.

But a sympathy vote tips the scales in Thomas' favour. The Victory goalie was close to unbeatable for much of the game at Suncorp Stadium, and looked set to earn his team point, only for Luke Brattan's dramatic injury time winner to power past him and seal the Premier's Plate for the hosts in a 1-0 win.

Jerome Polenz earns the right-back spot in our Team of the Week after opening the scoring in Western Sydney's routine 3-0 win at home to struggling Perth Glory. Kew Jaliens was an assured presence at the back for the Newcastle Jets as they overcome a terrible playing surface to thump Wellington Phoenix 5-0. Matt McKay's typically energetic performance earned him votes from our match reporter in Queenslander, so we've squeezed the versatile Socceroo in at left full-back.

Brattan walks into the team thanks to his match-winning heroics, which came after he shook off a hip flexor problem to keep the likes of Victory duo Tom Rogic and Guilherme Finkler quiet. Next to him is Engelaar, who did his best to upstage fellow half-way hero Wayne Rooney but was also excellent throughout in the loss to the Mariners, and was unfortunate not to tee up a goal with a good cross from a wide left position. Zenon Caravella lines up alongside Brattan and Engelaar after bossing the lumpy midfield at Hunter Stadium.

The fullbacks will need to provide plenty of width in this team, because we've picked two playmakers in Adelaide's Marcelo Carrusca, who guided the Reds to a convincing 3-1 win over Sydney FC on Friday night, and the Roar's Thomas Broich. The German was at his imperious best on Saturday evening, creating several chances and providing the assist for Brattan's decisive strike.

Ploughing a lone furrow up front is the Wanderers' Mark Bridge, who scored an excellent goal in the rout of Glory in Parramatta.

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