Where do we start. QLD were once again brilliant and rubbish all at once. We dominated Sydney FC from the kick off, but never really looked like scoring.
To be fair, the ball actually has to be in the back of the net before I get exited these days. So accustom am I to the plethora of near misses that typify the Lang Park experience, Marcinho’s perfect cross for Reindaldo’s perfect header to the top corner barely distracted me from my beer. It was never going in… they never do.
As usual, as the game wore on Queensland continued to dominate without scoring and that familiar feeling of inevitability grew to the point that Patrick’s second half goal came as no surprise. That familiar hush. The crowd silenced... again. Secretly we all knew it was coming. Secretly we would not know what to do with ourselves if we won at home… go to the pub? Eat Cake? Who knows?
What have we done to deserve this curse? What strange voodoo has been cast over our beautiful stadium? Frankly talk of curses is only passing the buck. The buck has to stop somewhere (if only to have a piss between watering holes) and for now, it stops with Frank.
I love Sasha, he is a great defender. With due respect his versatility and excellence in the air, any team which is relying on him to be a striker is a team in deep crisis. The sight of Oggy stumbling around up front with all the touch, mobility and flair of a rhinoceros in gumboots, should have Frank Farina on the phone to Barbara Bennet (Surely any dismissal for deploying a lead footed defender as a striker is fair and reasonable??).
The only player who could be faulted on Saturday night was possibly Ante. Milicic seems to have lost his famous knack for being in the right place at the right time. With only 5 goals in all his time in Orange, some bench time looks to be in order.
Reinaldo will cop stick again for failing to put chances away, but at least he is getting into scoring positions. Just to underline how often he does – despite all those horrible misses – remarkably he is still leading the shots on target tally for the league this season with 11. His sheepish look in the photo next to that particular statistic becomes clear with a perusal of the goals column.
The whole team lifted when Massimo came on bringing with him pace, vision and his phenomenal work rate, proving that physical presence is not a prerequisite for effectiveness. Seo proved once again that he is wasted at right back. His experience, strength and quality are required in the middle of pitch. Danny T proved that while he is possibly Roar’s best player, he is no Seo when it comes to long range shooting, badly slicing several ill advised attempts.
I would start Reinaldo every game. His physical presence and never say die attitude boosts the team. Starting the big Brazilian up front alone would allow us to deploy Massimo and Zulu down the wings giving us some of the width that is lacking. Tiato, Seo and Matty would form a formidable central midfield.