The Wrap-Up (A-League Round 26)
Wellington were staring down the barrel of a third-straight home loss and heading into the playoffs, that's not what the Phoenix needed. To their credit, they turned it around in the second-half and fought off a gutsy Mariners side.
I'm a Jets fan yes but full credit to Tony Walmsley and his men for their efforts over the last couple of weeks. After a horror night in Brisbane they've turned it around and put on some decent displays. I'm sure the Mariners will be back in the top six next year and I'm hoping the same can be said for their F3 rivals.
Whilst talking about F3 rivals, Sydney FC made the trip up to Newcastle on Friday night and I already wrote a piece on this game straight after it finished but I have to say it again, it was the most entertaining Jets game I've been to this year. Sydney were too classy on the night but the Jets put in a hell of a display.
Whilst the rumours of Peter Crouch joining the Jets are good, I can't see it happening to be honest. But the signing Mickael Tavares from Sydney FC as rumoured would be a huge coup for the Jets. An experienced and talented CDM like Tavares would be a great addition to the Jets squad.
The Western Sydney Wanderers moved away from a maiden wooden spoon with a 2-1 victory over Adelaide United, denying Josep Gombau's men any chance of a top two finish. The Wanderers can avoid the spoon with a win over Perth this weekend.
Melbourne Victory put one hand on the Premiers' Plate with a 1-0 win over a youthful Brisbane Roar side. I watched this game and had no idea there were that many decent youngsters coming through the ranks at Brisbane. A spirited display showed that the future is indeed bright for the Roar.
For Victory however, they've reached the top. I can't see them losing to the Mariners and I definitely can't see Sydney beating Wellington by 6 or 7 goals so they've all but won the premiership and it's well deserved. Victory are a great side to watch and they could very well go the distance and hoist the trophy on Grand Final day.
Finally, Perth Glory picked up a 3-1 win over Melbourne City. The Citysiders will be unhappy with the loss going into the finals but it's good to see Perth give their fans something to cheer about. Only 5,000 people showed up due to a fan protest which I wholeheartedly agree with. Cheating the system isn't good enough and Tony Sage and his team need to work on correcting the mistakes over the off-season.