The Inner Sanctum has put together a team of the week comprised of the best performing players that took part in Round 14 of the A-League Men season.
In Matchweek 14 of the A-League Men’s, we finally got a full round of fixtures with some of them providing real entertainment.
Following the latest set of games 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: Joe Gauci (Adelaide United)
Adelaide had a hard time at WIN Stadium against the Nix, but for Carl Veart’s relief, Gauci was on top of his game. The young goalie made a total of seven saves, denying both Piscopo and Lewis in one-v-one situations.
RB: Lewis Miller (Central Coast Mariners)
Miller makes his TOTW debut after an imperious performance against Perth Glory in which he made four interceptions, eight ball recoveries, two key passes. Solid in both phases of the game.
CB: Aaron Calver (Perth Glory)
Calver was one of the few Perth players that really performed on a high level against the Mariners. The ex-Western United centre-back was very good defensively (making the most tackles) and was close to scoring a wonder-goal at the other end.
CB: Kai Trewin (Brisbane Roar)
Trewin’s passing set the tone for Brisbane’s impressive win over Macarthur FC. The 20-year-old completed the most passes (75) out of any player on the pitch, but the most impressive thing about those passes was that almost 34% of them ended in the opposition half (according to FotMob). Progressive passer!
LB: Corey Brown (Brisbane Roar)
Brown becomes the second Brisbane player to make his first appearance in The Inner Sanctum TOTW in Round 14. The former Victory man was a real weapon bombing forward down the left flank and scored a great goal with an effort from outside the box.
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DM: Aiden O’Neill (Melbourne City)
O’Neill started the first half a bit slow, but grew into the game and left his mark. He assisted Leckie’s first goal and even won a penalty later on, which Jamie Maclaren missed.
CM: Max Burgess (Sydney FC)
Burgess was forced to start in an unfamiliar role, as one of the two midfielders in Sydney’s double six, against Western United and he did his job extremely well. Not only did he score the Sky Blues’ goal, but he was also their main creator, completing the most dribbles, creating the most chances, and being the most fouled player on the pitch.
AM: Florin Berenguer (Melbourne City)
Berenguer has been arguably one of the best creative players in the league this season and he showed it again in City’s game against Western Sydney. He ran the midfield with ease, alongside O’Neill and Metcalfe, and scored a stunner to seal the game.
RW: Gael Sandoval (Wellington Phoenix)
The Mexican winger scored his second goal of the season with a tidy finish and was a real threat for the Phoenix down the right-hand side.
ST: David Ball (Wellington Phoenix)
Ball joins his fellow teammate, Sandoval, after a relentless pressing performance against Adelaide. He never stopped running and was involved in everything dangerous for the Nix, including the goal which he assisted with an excellent outside-of-the-boot pass.
LW: Matthew Leckie (Melbourne City)
After a slow start to the season, the Socceroos captain has picked up form and the Wanderers happened to be on the wrong end of it. He scored two brilliant, headed goals which gave City the platform to control the game.
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