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A-League: Round 4- Team of the Week

GOSFORD, AUSTRALIA - OCTOBER 29: Connor Pain on the Mariners celebrates his goal with team mate Joshua Rose of the Mariners during the round four A-League match between the Central Coast Mariners and the Melbourne Victory at Central Coast Stadium on October 29, 2017 in Gosford, Australia. (Photo by Ashley Feder/Getty Images)
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As another round of interesting Australian football comes to an end, we decide the team of the week consisting of the best players of the week.

 

Formation: 3-4-2-1

 

Goalkeeper – Eugene Galekovic: Edged out an unlucky Liam Reddy for selection. As Adelaide United battered 10-man Melbourne City, the gloveman exuded infectious confidence, commanding his area and sweeping up all that was put before him.

Rating – 8

Centre-back – Bart Schenkeveld: The Dutchman earns his fourth straight selection in our team of the week. He was solid as a rock at the back against Adelaide, brilliant defensively but also with his distribution.

Rating – 8

Centre-back – Iacopo La Rocca: Schenkeveld’s scarcely breached defensive partner. The Italian adds a hard-nosed edge to the defence and on the night, he got forward and went close to heading home a sealer.

Rating – 8

Centre-back – Rhys Williams: Taking charge of Melbourne Victory’s defence alongside youthful Thomas Deng, making plenty of interceptions. Marauded forward when given the chance.

Rating – 8

Central-midfield – Fahid Ben Khalfallah: The veteran 34-year-old was just one of the wise heads who showed Brisbane Roar’s ‘dads army’ can still get the job done. Was full of running and creativity down the left flank against Wellington Phoenix.

Rating – 8

Central-midfield – Leroy George: Started as a striker against Central Coast Mariners, filling the void left by Besart Berisha. Went out to the right-hand side in the second half and was more effective, curling in a beautiful free kick.

Rating – 8.5

Right-midfield – Jumpei Kusukami: The sometimes maligned Jumpei brought plenty of energy to the Wanderers’ setup on a warm Sunday afternoon in Newcastle. Created Mark Bridge’s goal and was always lively elsewhere.

Rating – 8

Left-midfield – Connor Pain: The always spritely winger was a handful for his former club and was unlucky not to add to his worldie with a second cracker. Was a real handful for Jason Geria all evening.

Rating – 8.5

Right-forward – Andrija Kaluderovic: Opened the scoring in Saturday’s thriller across the ditch with a looping header and followed it up with a real poacher’s goal. Doing his job.

Rating – 9

Left-forward – Ross McCormack: Showed all £12 million worth of his class, emphatically converting a penalty and then rifling home a lovely free kick against Adelaide. A quickfire impact given he was isolated in the second half.

Rating – 8.5

Striker – Massimo Maccarone: The Italian was in the right place at the right time to knock home Brett Holman’s saved header to kick-start Brisbane’s comeback. Finished it off with a well taken penalty.

Rating – 9

The average rating of the team is about 8.5