The Inner Sanctum has put together a team of the week comprised of the best performing players that took part in Round 13 of the A-League Men season.
In Round 13 of the ALM, we saw Western United retain their place on the top of the table after another 1-0 win, while Sydney FC continued to climb up the ladder, trying to make amends after a slow start to the season.
Following the latest fixtures we’ve compiled the best XI from the stand-out performers, here is The Inner Sanctum’s Team of the Week.
Goalkeeper and defenders
GK: Thomas Heward-Belle (Sydney FC)
Sydney’s 24-year-old keeper took his chance with both hands in the absence of Andrew Redmayne, and blew away the competition for the goalkeeper spot in our XI. The former Mariner made a total of eight saves, including one to deny Hiroshi Ibusuki from the penalty spot.
RB: Javi Lopez (Adelaide United)
The Spanish veteran did start with a couple of shaky moments, but grew into the game and put up fantastic numbers. According to FotMob, Adelaide’s right-sided full-back completed the most dribbles in the match (two), had the most tackles (four), and won the most duels (12).
CB: Leo Lacroix (Western United)
Lacroix returns to our TOTW after another defensive masterclass against the Wanderers. The giant Swiss defender was unshakable, winning four duels, making three headed clearances, and helping WU to their fifth clean sheet of the season.
CB: Nikolai Topor-Stanley (Western United)
Topor-Stanley retained his spot in the Western United starting XI, after a good display last time out. The veteran defender played superbly throughout the whole 90, perfectly complimenting Lacroix in the back-four and earning his second consecutive TOTW appearance.
LB: Sam Sutton (Wellington Phoenix)
Sutton was arguably Wellington’s most creative player against the Bulls, winning the penalty in the first half, assisting Jaushua Sotirio’s second goal, and creating a couple of other good chances.
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DM: Paulo Retre (Sydney FC)
Despite conceding a late penalty in the second half, Retre had a phenomenal game for Sydney against Adelaide. He set the tone for the Sky Blues from deep with his short passing but also contributed going forward, creating the most goalscoring chances in the game (three).
CM: Clayton Lewis (Wellington Phoenix)
Lewis had an excellent game against Macarthur, putting in a top-notch box-to-box performance, just days after returning from international duty. He was good on the ball (three key passes), while also being very solid defensively (two successful tackles and 10 recoveries).
AM: Daniel Penha (Newcastle Jets)
Penha was the difference maker for the Jets against the Roar in the early game of the week, running the show in midfield and providing a great assist for Angus Thurgate’s goal after an individual run.
RW: Daniel De Silva (Macarthur FC)
Macarthur did lose against the Nix on Sunday afternoon, but Danny De Silva shone for the Bulls once again. The Aussie playmaker created a grand total of nine goalscoring chances, with one of them ending up as the assist for Ulises Davila’s goal.
ST: Jaushua Sotirio (Wellington Phoenix)
Sotirio got a brace at Campbelltown Stadium, but could have easily scored at least four. It was his speed in transition that made the Nix so dangerous on the counter and eventually won them the game.
LW: Elvis Kamsoba (Sydney FC)
Kamsoba continues to flourish for Sydney FC and Steve Corica. The Burundian scored his third goal of the A-League season after turning Lachlan Barr inside out, and was a constant menace for the United defence.
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