The Inner Sanctum has put together a team of the week comprised of the best performing players that took part in Round 4 of the A-League Men season.
Round four of the A-League Men competition provided plenty of exciting moments during the weekend.
Macarthur maintained its top spot after a hard-fought win against the Western Sydney Wanderers, while Melbourne City returned to winning ways against a resilient Perth Glory side.
Goalkeeper and defenders
GK: Cameron Cook (Perth Glory)
The youngster started the season as the third-choice keeper in the side, but with Liam Reddy and Brad Jones both being ruled out with injuries, Cook had to step up. And he definitely did. The 20-year-old made five superb saves in their game against City, before finally being beaten by Nathaniel Atkinson’s close-range header.
RB: Joshua Risdon (Western United)
Risdon was pivotal in United’s win against Brisbane, being absolutely excellent in both phases of the game and helping John Aloisi’s side keep another clean sheet. According to FotMob, the 29-year-old completed the most dribbles (five) and won the most duels (12).
CB: Tomi Uskok (Macarthur FC)
Another very strong performance from Uskok means another appearance in The Inner Sanctum TOTW. The tall defender was solid at the back and scored his first goal for the Bulls from close range in the second half.
CB: Curtis Good (Melbourne City)
The left-footed centre-back imposed himself on the game and impressed with his range of passing, providing a beautiful pre-assist for Atkinson’s winner. He also hit the woodwork with a good header.
LB: Dylan Murnane (Newcastle Jets)
Murnane got his first start for the Jets against Wellington and was fantastic in an inverted left-back role. He scored a great goal in the second half and turned in a diligent defensive performance to help his side to a first league clean sheet of the season.
DM: Harry Steele (Central Coast Mariners)
The Mariners might have actually found the perfect replacement for Gianni Stensness in the face of Harry Steele. The young midfielder was fantastic in his ball-winning and recycling, and also progressed the ball well in the first half. He played deeper which allowed Oliver Bozanic to roam forward and create problems for Sydney.
CM: Aiden O’Neill (Melbourne City)
The glue to this City team. O’Neill was once again one of the players that his side the platform to control the tempo. He broke up play excellently, making the most tackles (three), and winning the most duels (nine).
AM: Daniel Penha (Newcastle Jets)
Penha was phenomenal once again and makes the TOTW for a second consecutive week, following a brilliant performance against the Nix. Scored one, assisted one, and was all around just having fun out there.
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RW: Moresche (Central Coast Mariners)
The Brazilian formed an outstanding partnership with Marco Urena which proved to be too much for Sydney FC’s defence. He assisted the first goal with a marvellous through-ball and forced an own goal to make it two after starting the attack from deep.
ST: Beka Mikeltadze (Newcastle Jets)
Mikeltadze put in a MOTM performance for the Jets against Wellington on Friday night, scoring a brace and assisting Penha for the fourth goal. It may be early days, but the Georgian is looking like a potential Johnny Warren Medallist under Arthur Papas.
LW: Connor Pain (Western United)
Pain was the best player on the pitch at GMHBA Stadium against Brisbane. Not only did he score the winner, but he was also very active in United’s press and looked dangerous throughout the whole game.
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