Five things we learned from A-League round 10

Some things never change in football, including the golden rule that whatever a coach might say to his player privately, he always defends him publicly.

Rhyan Grant

Rhyan Grant during Sydney's clash against Melbourne City Source: Getty Images

1. No-one wants to break the code

What we need is an A-League coach to publicly chastise one of his own players for an act of simulation.

He doesn't have to throw him under the bus, but he could maybe give him a good look at the wheels.

That would at least prove a genuine desire by someone in a position of influence over the players to want to stamp it out.

The previous week, Melbourne City coach John van't Schip said Brisbane Roar defender Jade North had "tried to get Bruno (Fornaroli) sent off" by collapsing in reaction to the City striker's slight brush of North's face with his hand.

Brisbane coach John Aloisi went with: "I don’t think 'Jado' was trying to get anyone sent off. Jado’s not that type of person."

Then, when Fernando Brandan collapsed after Sydney FC fullback Rhyan Grant harmlessly cupped the City winger's face with his hand, van't Schip defended Brandan by pointing out Grant's contact with the face was illegal.

They must think we're all stupid.

2. Reports of Besart Berisha's decline were greatly exaggerated

The talk for a few weeks had been that the Melbourne Victory striker wasn't playing well and was missing too many shots.

There were even suggestions, in more hushed tones, that rather than it being a funk strikers occasionally go through he might even be in decline.

Berisha produced the classic response with his hat-trick in the 3-0 win over Western Sydney Wanderers.

The three very different goals shot him to the top of the goal-scoring list for the season with eight and will no doubt put him in a great frame of mind for Saturday's Melbourne derby against City at AAMI Park.

3. Matt Simon could easily show up on the match review panel's radar

The Sydney FC bench player knows how to create a disturbance. He came on late in the game and before long he had clashed with City defender Michael Jakobsen.

A few seconds after Sydney were awarded a free kick for a minor foul by Jakobsen on Simon, the Sky Blues striker threw his shoulder at the head of the City defender, knocking him down.

Referee Kris Griffiths-Jones did not take any action against Simon, meaning there is the potential for the match review panel to get involved and cite him.

4. Adelaide have been presented with a huge reality check

They might still sneak into the finals - after all, six out of 10 teams make it - but that would be as good as it gets. They wouldn't do anything once they got there.

The Reds had enough ball and created enough chances in their 4-0 loss to Brisbane Roar, but couldn't get the job done and that has become a recurring theme.

It's time to stop making excuses for them and accept that their team simply isn't as good as the one that made last season's incredible run to win the Premier's Plate and championship double.

5. Perth Glory have got a lot of explaining to do

That was awful from a Glory team playing at home against a Newcastle Jets side that was under the pump coming into the game.

Perth scored first, but were behind 2-1 by halftime and that was where the scoring ended.

The Glory's star player, Diego Castro, was out, but the Jets don't have a player like that to start with and have been hit hard by injury this season. They got a few players back for this game and showed enormous character to come from behind and win.

Perth just weren't at the races, particularly in the first half. It was not unlike the first round, when they butchered a 3-0 lead against Central Coast at home and the game finished 3-3, only it was their second half that let them down that time.

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Published 12 December 2016 at 8:26am
By Greg Prichard