The Inner Sanctum has put together a team of the week comprised of the best performing players that took part in Round 20 of the A-League Men season.
Round 20 of the A-League Men competition once again offered a lot of action, loads of drama, and 16 goals across six games to go with it.
Following the latest set of fixtures, we’ve compiled the best XI from the stand-out performers, in The Inner Sanctum’s Team of the Week.
Goalkeeper and defenders
GK: Daniel Margush (Western Sydney Wanderers)
Seven impressive saves and a MOTM performance warrant Margush his first inclusion in our Team of the Week ranking for Round 20.
RB: Jason Geria (Melbourne Victory)
Similar to his namesake, Davidson, Geria gets into our XI after an all-action display. The 28-year-old made the most tackles in the match (three) and won the most duels (nine), while also providing good attacking support on the right.
CB: Leo Lacroix (Western United)
We’re just lost for words on Lacroix, who was again defensively superb while also being a weapon in attack. The tall defender provided his first assist of the season and did enough to be named in The Inner Sanctum‘s TOTW, after missing out last week.
CB: Curtis Good (Melbourne City)
Good retains his spot in our squad after a commanding display at the back, which helped City keep their first clean sheet since the start of February and cement a spot at the top of the table.
LB: Jason Davidson (Melbourne Victory)
Davidson ran tirelessly down the left-hand side for 90 minutes, proving to be a real threat to the Wanderers’ defence. And in the end, he got his reward, scoring a real cracker at the dying stages of the game.
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DM: Josh Nisbet (Central Coast Mariners)
Nisbet operated in a deeper role this weekend, but not only did the tireless Penrith native control the game on the ball, driving forward to link play with his teammates, but he also harassed Adelaide into making a number of mistakes. He was superb from start until finish.
CM: Nicholas Pennington (Wellington Phoenix)
Pennington ran the show for the Nix against Perth, in the absence of injured captain Alex Rufer. He provided a pre-assist for their first goal and scoring a well-taken volley in the final minute to win the game for Talay’s men.
RW: Lachlan Wales (Western United)
Wales returned to the right of United’s front three against the Roar and had one of his best games so far. The former Melbourne City winger won the foul that saw Jordan Holmes sent off, and later on forced an own-goal, after a lung-busting run down the right-hand side.
ST: Marco Ureña (Central Coast Mariners)
The Costa Rican is a man in form, playing a direct role in all three of the Mariners’ goals (one goal and two assists) in their victory, and now is well in the race for the Johnny Warren Medal.
ST: Archie Goodwin (Newcastle Jets)
The youngster took centre stage in his first start of the campaign, scoring two goals with his only two shots against last years A-League Men finalists Sydney FC. It was a real night to remember for the young striker.
LW: Daniel Penha (Newcastle Jets)
While young Archie Goodwin was scoring the goals, Penha was the one creating them, starting as part of the front three. The Brazilian magician provided a pre-assist for the first goal and assisted the winner himself with a beautiful through-ball.
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