The False 9: Round 23 - Janko still scoring goals, just not for Sydney

Sydney FC fans are no doubt happy for Marc Janko that he is continuing to knock in the goals for FC Basel in the Swiss Super League, but how they must wish he was still doing it for the Sky Blues instead.

Marc Janko

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Janko was a fan favourite at Sydney FC, but he left at the end of last season with different stories coming from his side and the club's side about why contract negotiations broke down.

That is history now. The unfortunate fact for the Sky Blues is that they haven't been able to find anyone able to come even close to making up for the 16 goals Janko scored last season.

Four rounds out from this season's finals, which Sydney are in grave danger of missing after making it all the way to the grand final last year, Filip Holosko is their leading goal-scorer, with seven.

Meanwhile, Janko scored a hat-trick for Basel in their 4-2 win over St Gallen on the weekend. He has 16 goals in 17 games for the league-leading team this season.

Muscat following the script

False 9 doesn't know how Melbourne Victory coach Kevin Muscat finds the time, with an AFC Champions League campaign on top of the A-League, but it looks like he's been moonlighting as an actor again, this time with Sacha Baron Cohen in The Brothers Grimsby.


I see red, I see red, I see red

Central Coast Mariners might be a long last on the A-League competition table, but they are making the pace when it comes to red cards this season.

They have nine now, after Mitch Austin and Luis Garcia were both dismissed in the 4-0 loss to Perth Glory.

Time to bring Australasian music legends Split Enz out of retirement to honour an achievement like that.


Man of the hour (and a half)

Brisbane Roar striker Jamie Maclaren went bang in the 18th minute, bang again in the 22nd and, after Corey Brown and Corona had scored goals themselves, bang again in the 87th to complete a hat-trick as they belted Victory 5-0.

False 9 was shocked Socceroos coach Ange Postecoglou hadn't included Maclaren in his squad for this month two home FIFA World Cup qualifiers, but, when interviewed on the weekend, Postecoglou said he didn't want to make the mistake of bringing Maclaren in before he was absolutely ready.

He wanted to wait until he was sure Maclaren could hit the ground running and begin scoring regularly straight away for the national team.

Postecoglou indicated that a productive finals series for Maclaren would be the final box ticked.

False 9 isn't about to question Postecoglou's thinking. The AFC Asian Cup-winning coach has pulled plenty of right reins with his team selections so far.

Tweet, tweet #1

False 9 admires how those A-League championship winners from the Mariners team of season 2012-2013 always stick tight.

Tweet, tweet #2

Not sure how accurate the translation from Spanish to English is here.

Tweet, tweet #3

Socceroos goalkeeper Mat Ryan is only too happy to acknowledge a good save when he sees one.

He said it

Talking after his team's 5-0 win over Victory, Brisbane coach John Aloisi said he loves the fact the kids are doing it for the Roar.

"I spoke last week about our big players standing up in big games, but our young boys did it again," Aloisi said.

"Brandon (Borrello) before the game injured his shoulder, but he went out there and didn't show that he was injured and fought for us, worked hard and created problems for the opposition. Dimi Petratos was again causing them all sorts of problems.

"We know from our experienced players we're going to get big games, but the younger boys are showing that they're big-game players as well."

Can't wait for . . .

We could wait until Saturday, when Adelaide United travel to Western Sydney Wanderers, but why wait any longer than Friday night, when Melbourne City are at home to Roar?

Brisbane, trying to hang on to first place in the absolute log-jam at the top of the A-League table, and City, trying to advance from fourth to a potential best-case scenario of second at the end of this round.

Plus, the competition's leading goal-scorer, City's Bruno Fornaroli, with 20, going strike for strike with the man who recently went past Besart Berisha into second place, Roar's Jamie Maclaren, with 17.

It's bound to be a rocking and rolling good night at AAMI Park.

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Published 15 March 2016 at 5:33pm
By Greg Prichard