Australia Adelaide ignore Brisbane's ALM form

06:10  30 november  2021
06:10  30 november  2021 Source:   aap.com.au

Sydney derby ends in ALM stalemate

  Sydney derby ends in ALM stalemate The Western Sydney Wanderers and Sydney FC have played out the first goalless Sydney derby in four years to begin their A-League Men campaign.Both teams showed signs of rust as the game wore on, with neither able to deliver a goal the boisterous crowd of 23,118 at Parramatta's CommBank Stadium so desperately craved.

Adelaide United winger Ben Halloran is urging his A-League Men's teammates to ignore Brisbane Roar's winless start to the season.

Brisbane Roar are still searching for their first win going into round three of the ALM season. © James Ross/AAP PHOTOS Brisbane Roar are still searching for their first win going into round three of the ALM season.

The Reds, with two draws from their opening two fixtures, travel to meet the Roar on Saturday.

Brisbane were trounced 3-0 by Melbourne Victory last Sunday after losing 2-1 to Melbourne City in their campaign opener.

But Halloran says it's too early in the season for any meaningful form lines to be emerge.

"We have only played a couple of games and they have both been away games for them," Halloran said on Tuesday.

Victory bank on ALM support in return home

  Victory bank on ALM support in return home Tony Popovic has urged Melbourne Victory supporters to turn up in droves for their first home match of the A-League Men season, against Brisbane Roar.New-look Victory are unbeaten in two games, opening the ALM campaign with a 1-0 triumph over Western United before fielding a youthful line-up in the mid-week FFA Cup play-off win against Perth Glory.

"We know that they're quite strong at home.

"And we played them in the pre-season and they beat us 2-0 and we didn't play very well. That's an added incentive for us going there, we know what we're up against.

"But I don't think we can underestimate them.

"It's too early in the season to tell who is going to be there at the end of the season."

Halloran said Adelaide wouldn't overly focus on the Roar, instead seek improvement from within a Reds side which drew 2-2 with reigning champions Melbourne City last Saturday night.

"It's obviously a bonus that we did play them (Brisbane) in the pre-season but they have played the same way for the last few years so we know what to expect," he said.

"But to be honest if we play our own game, we're good enough to beat any team in the comp.

Victory set to rest tired stars in FFA Cup

  Victory set to rest tired stars in FFA Cup Melbourne Victory coach Tony Popovic will weigh up his senior players' heavy workloads as he selects a team for the midweek FFA Cup clash with Adelaide City.Victory will travel to South Australia for Wednesday night's round of 32 clash in what will be their fourth of five matches in the space of just over two weeks.

"Defensively we need to tighten up a little bit.

"And also in the final third, we're creating a lot of chances but we just need to be a bit more clinical."

Halloran scored the equaliser against City in the 90th minute - the second of Adelaide's goals in last quarter-hour which secured a point.

"Given that we did concede two goals, we showed tremendous spirit to fight back," he said.

"It's always unfortunate to go a couple of goals behind but Melbourne City are a good side.

"We played some good football in patches and we didn't allow them to play their type of football that they like to play.

"Coming back from 2-0 to get a point in the end was probably a fair result."

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