The False 9: Round 24 - Thompson sticks it to himself on Twitter

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Archie Thomspon

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There is obviously a lot of soul-searching going on at Melbourne Victory as their A-League season disintegrates.

The club's all-time fan favourite, veteran Archie Thompson, didn't come off the bench until the 68th minute of the 1-1 draw with a 10-man Newcastle Jets at AAMI Park, but he was still so unhappy with his contribution that he came out on Tuesday and apologised to the team's fans on social media.

At the same time, Thompson tried to offer fans hope for what is left of the season, but after watching their team win just one game in their last eight - against hapless Central Coast Mariners - they are going to be very hard to convince.

Victory can't hope to finish in the top two from their current sixth position and in the three years the current finals format has been used no team has come from outside the top two at the end of the regular season to even make the grand final, let alone win it.

No wonder he's in the F****** reserves

False 9 would like to extend a warning to the Jordan players of what they might expect if one of them is astray with a kick and the ball hits newly-appointed coach Harry Redknapp while he's doing a media interview at training.

Warning: F-bomb alert.


How did that feel?

Not real good for Sydney FC coach Graham Arnold, who looks older every time you see him after an A-League game these days. Yes, False 9 knows he is actually older every time you see him, but, you know, like, a lot older.

After Sydney had given up a two-goal lead late in the game against Central Coast Mariners and the match finished 2-2, Arnold said: "It's got nothing to do with tactics, it's got nothing to do with game plans, it's got nothing to do with anything. It's concentration.

"Concentration and individual mistakes, and that's what happens."

I'm turning Japanese, I think I'm turning Japanese, I really think so

False 9 would just like to say he has thoroughly enjoyed watching Japanese referees Takuto Okabe and Koichiro Fukushima in action during the last two rounds of the A-League.

He has been unable to fathom many of their decisions, but that is not a Japanese thing - it is a referees thing.


Tweet, tweet #1

Trent Sainsbury, back in Australia with the Socceroos and not happy to see what it has come to with his old club Central Coast Mariners, this season's wooden spooners.

Tweet, tweet #2

False 9 presumes the van't Schipster melted the hearts of female fans as a player with soulful looks like this.

Tweet, tweet #3

It is no surprise to learn Craig Goodwin has a great work ethic, but it doesn't hurt to hear it from a reliable source - in this case one Taylor Regan, a former teammate of Goodwin's at Newcastle Jets who is now playing in the Malaysian Premier League.

The thoughts of Scott Miller

When you are devoid of any Kenny Lowe-isms because you can't locate a copy of Perth Glory's post-match media conference, it's time to bring in Mr Intensity - Newcastle Jets coach Scott Miller - off the bench.

Miller had a bit to crow about, too, having seen his 10-man side get a point against premiers Melbourne Victory  on the road.

"Let's get something very clear," Miller began. "Newcastle have had a challenging few years, but we're not a group of individuals who want handouts and expect pity from anybody.

"We're in there (the dressing-room) now very disappointed, knowing we've taken the club with all the resources, the championship-winning side with history and expectation, right to the end and then I review the stats post-game and we dominated it, apart from possession.

"Let's not beat around the bush here, let's not beat around the bush, small Newcastle Jets took Melbourne Victory all the way, so I'm very positive about the future of the club."

Can't wait for . . .

Western Sydney Wanderers to head to AAMI Park to play Melbourne Victory on Friday night.

If Wanderers win, that will guarantee they keep the competition lead for another round. If they draw or lose, Melbourne City, Brisbane Roar and Adelaide United will all be in the running to take it off them at some stage over the weekend.

Sixth-placed Victory, meanwhile, are still trying to make sure of a finals spot. They are three points ahead of seventh-placed Sydney FC going into this round.

It would be bad enough for premiers Victory if they missed the finals, but even harder for them to take if they gave up their spot to the Sky Blues.

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Published 22 March 2016 at 7:20pm
By Greg Prichard