The A-League is back, and it returned with a… resounding \”y-yeah?\”.
It was hardly a clash of high quality, with lots of stupid fouls conceded by both teams in the opening 45. Adelaide looked the better of the two sides, but made very few chances.
Jop van der Linden, and Michael Zullo both found themselves in the referee\’s book for stupid fouls.
Adelaide took the lead late into first half stoppage time, with Scott Galloway finding Andrew Redmayne off his line and buried his long range effort to make it 1-0.
The second half was more of the same, with Adelaide just about dominating a very disjointed and tired looking Sydney outfit. Rhyan Grant and Joshua Brilliante then both were booked in quick succession for once again, unnecessary fouls.
Sydney didn\’t seem to have an effective game plan, but counted their lucky stars when Ninkovic broke into the box and played the ball square to Adam le Fondre for a tap-in for 1-1.
A very, very, very lucky point for a Sky Blues side that looked sleepy and slow.
But what did we learn from tonight\’s match?
1) Give Alfie time, he will score
2) Back four blues
Sydney\’s back four looked completely out of tune with each other, and the midfield in front of them. Jop was often caught out of position, Wilkinson a bit stationary, Grant a bit too slow, and Zullo misplacing an awful lot of passes.
3) Who to partner le Fondre?
4) What\’s the go with the game plan?
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