Five things we learned from A-League Round 8

There's something about a player with his head swathed in bandages after a nasty collision, but still giving his all, that inevitably strikes a chord with supporters. Sydney FC's fans provided the latest example of that.

Matt Jurman

Matt Jurman after being patched up during the A-League clash with Adelaide United Source: Getty Images

1. The fans will always love a tough defender who spills blood for his team

Some things never change in football - and this is one of them.

As Sydney FC centre-back Matt Jurman reeled out of a first-half head clash with Adelaide United midfielder James Holland, the blood began pouring from a cut over his right eye.


But after the team's medical staff reached him, and his initial shock subsided, Jurman was bandaged up to return to action and his first three plays - in quick succession - were all headers.

Fans of the Sky Blues reacted with a big cheer each time and greatly appreciated the fact he saw out the scoreless draw from there.

The cut needed 10 stitches to close and Jurman, who was captain on the night, with regular skipper Alex Brosque starting from the bench, later posted a photo of the jagged zipper on Twitter.

2. Marco Rojas could quite easily win another Johnny Warren Medal

It's not just going to be a two-horse race between Melbourne City's Bruno Fornaroli and Sydney FC's Milos Ninkovic for the award as the competition's best player.

Even with the disadvantage of missing A-League games due to his commitments with the New Zealand All Whites, Melbourne Victory winger Rojas is going to be right in the fight.

Rojas, who won the award in the 2012-2013 season before heading to Europe, has only played five games so far, but he is equal-third on the competition's goal-scoring list, with five, and is the outright leader for assists, with four.

He scored one of the Victory's goals in their 2-0 win over Newcastle Jets and the other was an own goal by Iain Fyfe, whose deflection came off a Rojas free-kick.

3. Bruno Fornaroli is too clever

City striker Fornaroli and Wellington Phoenix centre-back Marco Rossi each had hold of the other's shirt when the ball reached them in the penalty box in the second-half of Sunday's clash.

It should have been play on, but referee Kurt Ams awarded Fornaroli a penalty.


Why? Well, the fact Fornaroli did his best to make it look like he was the only one being genuinely inconvenienced by going for an improbable overhead kick and ending up on the ground certainly helped.

Fornaroli netted from the spot to clinch a 2-1 win for City.

4. Yellow fever has broken out

Well, the football equivalent of it anyway.

Perth Glory's Rhys Williams and City's Neil Kilkenny each picked up another yellow card in this round, taking them to five apiece for the season and generating an automatic one-match suspension for both.

Alan Baro (Victory), Corey Brown (Brisbane Roar), Andrew Hoole (Jets) and Isaias (Adelaide) are each living dangerously on four yellows.

5. Adelaide United have an acute case of deja vu

They won't want to be cured of it either.

After eight rounds last season, the Reds had three points from three draws and five losses. After eight rounds this campaign, they have three points from three draws and five losses.

Last season, they went on an incredible run from round nine that comprised of 14 wins, four draws and just one loss to win the Premiers' Plate, before going on to take out the championship.

Will this season be a repeat? Extreme unlikely, but you never know in football.

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Published 28 November 2016 at 8:38am
By Greg Prichard