Postecoglou makes winning departure from A-League
New national coach Ange Postecoglou ended his immediate
involvement in the A-League when he guided the Melbourne Victory to
a 1-0 win over his former club Brisbane in the weekend’s third
Postecoglou, who won two A-League titles with Brisbane before
joining the Victory, was named midweek to lead Australia for the
next five years, replacing German-born Holger Osieck and becoming
the first Australian to coach the Socceroos since Frank Farina in
Farina’s Sydney FC side, playing without injured captain
Alessandro Del Piero, lost 2-0 to the Western Sydney Wanderers who
were spurred by a goal from Japan’s Shinji Ono.
A second-minute goal to Nick Fitzgerald gave champions Central
Coast a 1-0 win over Adelaide United.
Brisbane’s loss to the Victory was their first of the season
after their 2-1 win over Wellington and 4-0 win over Sydney FC.
They remain at the top of the table but only a point ahead of the
Victory, Central Coast and Western Sydney.
Perth beat the Melbourne Heart 1-0 for its first win of the
season while Newcastle, yet to score a goal in three matches, drew
0-0 with Wellington.
Postecoglou ensured he left the Victory’s affairs in order as he
took his leave from the A-League. The win over Brisbane was their
first of the season following draws with Adelaide and the
Postecoglou said the win ended a ”difficult week” for both
himself and the Victory as his move to the national coaching role
”I’ve carried this burden,” he said. ”Unfortunately, because
of my circumstances this football club’s had to deal with things
that it shouldn’t have.
”Whenever you get an opportunity like this (to coach in the
A-League) you want to repay that, and I don’t think I have, leaving
at this point. In terms of my input I still think that the club’s
in great shape. But you kinda leave thinking you should have put
more into it and seen it through.”
Sydney again lacked direction in the absence of Italian star Del
Piero, who has a calf injury. Western Sydney’s own Italian import,
Iacopo La Rocca, and Ono scored as the Wanderers won in front of a
crowd of 40,388 – the largest for a regular season match in Sydney
”I thought the effort was there,” Farina said. ”We made two
mistakes and again one was after a set piece – it was just poor
marking – and we got punished for both.
”Two-nil makes it hard but they kept on trying. We just lacked
a bit of creativity up front.”