A-League Winners and Losers: Red-hot Redmayne and Babbel's poor excuse

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A crazy weekend of A-League action saw plenty of heroes and villains step up

It rained goals in Round 17 of the A-League as two teams mounted stunning last-minute comebacks.

Markus Babbel was on the wrong end of another heavy defeat and attempted to shift blame onto a generation of players that don't care about losing.

While Andrew Redmayne once again stepped up to stop another spot-kick as he kept Sydney FC's premiership defence alive.

Read on for all of our winners and losers...

  1. Winner: Newcastle Jets

    With their top six hopes hanging by a thread, the Jets finally fired on all cylinders in front of goal on Friday night against Western Sydney Wanderers.

    In a season so far defined by their inability to finish off a handful of chances, Newcastle was ruthless at ANZ Stadium.

    While the Wanderers certainly made life easy for the Jets, they showed much better composure in the final third getting 10 of their 19 shots on target. 

    A stunning Dimitri Petratos effort opened the scoring and he's one player that Ernie Merrick will be hoping to see stays sharp at a crucial point of the season. 

    The fringe Socceroo has been Newcastle's greatest outlet this season but much like the side itself has struggled to hit the target regularly. 

  2. Loser: Markus Babbel

    No stranger to an eyebrow-raising interview, the Wanderers coach once again managed to deflect attention away from his side's woeful performance after a 5-1 loss to the Jets.

    The German stressing post-game that the younger generation of players he's inherited at Western Sydney simply don't care about winning and losing as much as older players.

    "This is a different generation, they’re not like us when we played," Babbel said.

    "If I lost 5-1, I would be upset for the whole week. They, after five minutes, it’s like normal life.

    "This is not an Australian problem, but a world problem. The generation is different."

    While Babbel may have a point, it's pretty poor as excuses go. Were Merrick's Jets side from a completely different generation? 

    Pressure is now undoubtedly mounting on the Wanderers and their coach - who must shelve the excuses and find a way to win sooner rather than later. 

  3. Winner: Andrew Hoole

    He may have been on the losing side as Central Coast Mariners surrendered a 2-0 lead to fall 3-2 to Melbourne Victory, but Hoole did all he could to fire his side to a better result on Saturday.

    The 25-year-old attacker scored two stunning free-kicks as he continued his recent good form.

    Hoole has been a frustrating player to watch in recent seasons as he's failed to capitalise on the raw talent he undoubtedly has.

    Now fit after overcoming a pre-season injury, it's great to see Hoole firing and reminding fans why he was so highly rated a few seasons ago. 

  4. Loser: Brisbane Roar

    It takes a collapse of epic proportions to lose a game after leading 3-0 and that's exactly what Roar somehow managed to do against Adelaide United.

    Red cards to Dane Ingham and Jamie Young laid the foundations for the Reds' comeback, but Brisbane really should have been able to hold on for at least a point.

    The defending for Adelaide's last two goals left a lot to be desired and the Roar back-line looks like it will be easy pickings for the rest of the season.

    The club will have plenty of work to do over the off-season to clean up the mess of this campaign and Brisbane's next coach must be ready to roll up their sleeves quickly. 

  5. Winner: Andrew Redmayne

    The transformation of Andrew Redmayne came full circle on Sunday as he saved a Riley McGree penalty against Melbourne City to secure all three points for Sydney FC.

    The former Heart shot-stopper never won over fans during his stint with the club, nor did he at the Wanderers, but Redmayne has found his feet at the Sky Blues.

    Confidence is key for any player and Redmayne is full of it right now having also recently denied Roy Krishna from the spot. 

    While his stops might not be as spectacular as Filip Kurto's, the 30-year-old is one of the more consistent keepers in the A-League right now as a number of others make the odd brain-snap. 

  6. Loser: Melbourne City

    The arrival of Jamie Maclaren can't come soon enough for Warren Joyce's side after an at times painful performance against Sydney FC.

    City looked lifeless in the first 45 minutes and while they picked up in the second, their overall style of play left plenty to be desired.

    While Maclaren will no doubt help add a few goals to this City side, he's not going to make them easier to watch anytime soon.

    Ultimately unlucky not to salvage a point against the Sky Blues, Joyce's methods are no doubt capable of getting results but it doesn't make for the most entertaining football.