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A-League round 17 snapshot

A look at the action in round 17 of the A-League, when Adelaide became just the second team in league history to come back from three goals down to win.

A-League round 17 snapshot

A look at the action in round 17 of the A-League, when Adelaide became just the second team in league history to come back from three goals down to win.

Wanderers coach MARKUS BABBEL looks on during a Western Sydney Wanderers A-League training session at Wanderers Training Field in Sydney, Australia.
Wanderers coach MARKUS BABBEL looks on during a Western Sydney Wanderers A-League training session at Wanderers Training Field in Sydney, Australia. Picture:(Photo by Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images

THEY SAID IT: "Last season wasn't good. This season is not good. So you think we go with the same team in the next season? I can't believe." - Western Sydney coach Markus Babbel has seemingly seen enough of some of his players following their latest capitulation in their 5-1 loss to Newcastle on Friday.

MAN OF THE ROUND: He may have been on a losing side, but Andrew Hoole almost single-handedly led Central Coast to what would've been the upset of the season with two world-class free kicks against Melbourne Victory, only for the Mariners to crumble in the second half and lose 3-2.


STAT ATTACK: Adelaide became just the second team in A-League history to come back from three goals down and win after stunning a nine-man Brisbane in their dramatic contest on Saturday.

TALKING POINT: Will anyone be able to break down the Perth wall this season? The ladder-leading Glory, who conceded just 16 goals in total this season, claimed a club-record fourth straight clean sheet in their 2-0 win over Wellington on Saturday.

UNDER PRESSURE: Jamie Maclaren. They may have retained fourth spot for a tenth week in a row, but Melbourne City's 2-0 loss to Sydney FC means they've now won just one of their past five games. There will be instant pressure on mid-season signing Jamie Maclaren to produce, particularly with the man he's replacing, Bruno Fornaroli, still with the club for the rest of the season.

INJURIES: Western Sydney - Josh Risdon (groin); Melbourne Victory - Carl Valeri (hamstring); Sydney FC - Luke Ivanovic (hamstring).

WHAT'S NEXT: The top of the table clash between Perth and Melbourne Victory gets top billing in round 18, however there will also be plenty at stake between sixth-placed Wellington and seventh-placed Newcastle, as well as fourth-placed Melbourne City and fifth-placed Adelaide. Sydney FC will be expected to make short work of Brisbane, while Western Sydney host Central Coast in a battle of the cellar-dwellars.

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