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A-League round four snapshot

  • A-League round four snapshot

    MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - OCTOBER 28: Bruno Fornaroli of the City celebrates a goal during the round four A-League match between Melbourne City and Adelaide United at AAMI Park on October 28, 2016 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)

A SNAPSHOT OF ROUND FOUR IN THE A-LEAGUE

THEY SAID IT:

"What I saw in that first half was something I hope I never see again. This is for me quite simply pathetic by someone like Neil Kilkenny. It's not our way. It's not in our culture to do this and act this way as well. You don't want your kids to ask you: 'Is this what the game's about?'" - Fox Sports pundit Mark Rudan spoke for many in his criticism of play-acting by Melbourne City's Neil Kilkenny.

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STAT THAT MATTERS:

Josh Risdon is only 24 but on Sunday he became Perth Glory's most capped A-League player, playing his 120th game for the club in their clash against Brisbane Roar. He's still a long way behind ex-skipper Jamie Harnwell for total club appearances (256) but it's a reflection of just how much they've leaned on the fringe Socceroo in recent seasons.

MAN OF THE ROUND:

If you were thinking, for whatever reason, Bruno Fornaroli's incredible debut A-League season might have been in some way a fluke, or unlikely to be repeated, think again. With new strike partner Tim Cahill rested, the Uruguayan helped himself to a sublime double in Friday night's win over Adelaide and is back to his free-scoring ways.

SAFEST HANDS:

There are few tighter in-house battles in the A-League than Michael Theo and Jamie Young's weekly wrangle for Brisbane's No.1 jersey. But it looks Theo's to lose after an assured performance in an otherwise forgettable round for glovemen against Perth Glory on Sunday.

CONTROVERSY CORNER:

Another week, another clear penalty not given to the Central Coast Mariners. Paul Okon's men might have had a shot at victory against Western Sydney had referee Shaun Evans spotted a handball by Jack Clisby, who blocked a cross from Trent Buhagiar. Instead a sarcastic Okon was left asking when things will finally start falling their way.

UNDER PRESSURE

After losing so many key players in the off-season, an injury crisis is precisely not what Adelaide United needed. The defending champions have just one point after four rounds and their lack of attacking depth without Marcelo Carrusca (foot), Sergio Cirio (knee) and Henrique (knee) is a worry. Coach Guillermo Amor won't be panicking - particularly not after climbing off the bottom to win last year's title - but he will be very frustrated.

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