The new being Adam Sarota and Luke Brattan. Sarota, who this blog has constantly pilloried as a lost caused, proved us wrong in fine style against Perth. Finally deployed in what looks to be his best position alongside the ever improving David Dodd (also much maligned on TRD) in central midfield.
Dodd and Sarota were pivotal in a youthful midfield which held firm against a vastly more experienced Perth lineup until the fashionably haired darling of these pages, Luke Brattan was deployed, within minutes, having lost possession several times, Brattan failed to close down the perth attack, a second young Roar (perhaps Nicholls??) also stood off, and suddenly a measured cross was released and Perth were level.
So what of Miller and Reddy? Good riddance,we say. It is no secret that TRD has never been a fan of Reddy, who makes as many gaffs as saves. Miller, for all his skill and entertainment value, was not part of the Roar's impressive drive towards the finals last season, when Nicholls stepped up to cover his absence so effectively.
This season Nicholls has been asked to play out of position more often than not, either on the right of midfield, as a striker or in a deeper role. Miller's absence will allow Nicholls to be deployed in his natural position in the hole behind the striker/s.
Miller for his part will make the perfect pantomime villain at the Gold Coast, another chapter in a rivalry which is fast moving from the realms of commercial spin to genuine difference in approach.
Under Postacoglou's management the Roars look much more structurally sound and tactically astute. The message for the players appears to be that nothing less that absolute professionalism will be tolerated. It is a message that should make the fans feel more respected.
Keep it up Ange, so far so good. Watch out Adelaide, bring on the top six.