The New Year's resolution your A-League team needs to make

What can your team do better to make the second-half of the A-League season a success? The World Game looked at all 10 clubs and came up with the New Year's resolution they should follow - even if they wouldn't admit it themselves.

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1. Sydney FC: Don't get comfortable

Even if the Sky Blues continue to motor along out in front, they can't afford not to continue to evolve as a team.

What brings you success early in the season is usually not enough to get you what you want at the business end of it.

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The key is to keep refining and making adjustments in a bid to improve.

The boys celebrate with @TheCove23 post-match!! #SydneyIsSkyBlue #SYDvBRI pic.twitter.com/JBoPr9GjG3 — Sydney FC (@SydneyFC) December 30, 2016

2. Melbourne Victory: Get the ball to Marco Rojas even more

The guy is dynamic and while the Victory have several go-to men he has already proved in his first season back in the A-League that he has to be their main one.

He is establishing himself as this season's Aaron Mooy in terms of piling up goals and assists.



3. Brisbane Roar: Sort something out with Jamie Maclaren

Roar need to convince the striker he is better off finishing this season before heading overseas.

Their chances of winning the title would nosedive without him. But, who knows? If they get a big offer for him in the January transfer window they might be tempted to grab the cash and let him go.

4. Melbourne City: Settle on a formation

They have to decide what sort of team they want to be and stick to it, whether it's three at the back, four at the back or whatever.

The fact they aren't scoring goals at the same rate as they did last season suggests a traditional back four is necessary to ease the pressure on the defence.



5. Newcastle Jets: Find someone who can finish things off

The Jets are playing an enterprising brand of football. They can get the ball up the other end quickly, but too often the shot is not good enough.

There have been suggestions they could go for Mark Bridge in the January transfer window. He would fit in really well with what they are doing.

6. Perth Glory: Fix their awful defence

The Glory have conceded 26 goals in 12 games - the same as Central Coast Mariners.

They recorded their only clean sheet back in round two and in their last three games they have conceded nine goals while picking up just one point. They wouldn't even have that if it wasn't for Liam Reddy in goal.



7. Western Sydney Wanderers: Start using the width of the field more

It has been one of the great strengths of the Wanderers in their short history, but not this season.

There is no-one tormenting the defence from the outside in like Youssouf Hersi and Romeo Castelen used to do. Mark Bridge's departure didn't help either. The attack is too narrow.

8. Wellington Phoenix: Play for 90 minutes

Even something reasonably close to 90 minutes on a regular basis would be good.

Their last two games are prime examples of how they don't maintain intensity. They fell 2-0 down against the Wanderers before drawing 2-2 and led twice against the Jets before also drawing 2-2.

Tom Doyle believes the #Nix will come out firing in the New Year's Day clash with @AdelaideUnited Kids go free! https://t.co/jdApYv1IOq pic.twitter.com/BUyhPDm9sL — Wellington Phoenix (@WgtnPhoenixFC) December 29, 2016

9. Central Coast Mariners: Make more passes that actually count

They're good at knocking the ball around among each other in their own half, but when they attempt to go forward they find it much more difficult to connect and that is doing a lot of damage to them on the scoreboard.

Four straight losses has turned the heat right up.

10. Adelaide United: Make a decision on Guillermo Amor

Does the club believe Amor is the right coach for the long-term future? Will he want to be there himself beyond this season if they keep losing?

The Reds must figure all of this out and try to survive the group stage of the Asian Champions League. The A-League season already looks gone for them.




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Published 30 December 2016 at 4:23pm
By Greg Prichard