Sunday, October 07, 2007
Taking Charge - update
The result, however, was not a well-behaved game, but a spiteful and dissent-ridden match, due to Shield's hopeless inconsistency.
With Steve Corica's sending-off I won't argue. It was perhaps a little harsh, but slamming his studs into Steve Pantelidis's thigh was very foolish. Yet the play had already been pulled up for a blatantly deliberate shirt-pull on Corica by Grant Brebner, the sort of infraction which always deserves a yellow card (just ask Dino Djulbic). After flashing the red at Corica, Shield let Brebner off (although, significantly, the Scotsman did pick up a yellow a few minutes later).
Then Joseph Keenan received a yellow card for probably the best tackle of the evening!
A draconian approach is pointless if the referee fails the consistency test, and last night was a classic example.
In a small aside, the author of the emotive match report in the Sun-Herald needs a brief history lesson. In attempting to stir up indignation re Corica's dismissal, he writes:
Steve Corica - one of the fairest players in the country - was sent off for a foul on Melbourne's Steve Pantelidis.
Corica has, in fact, been guilty of some pretty reprehensible behaviour on the pitch in the course of the A-League. He was sent off in the first season against Newcastle for a dreadful challenge on Mateo Corbo, and saw red against the same side in season two after offering some four-letter comments on Matthew Breeze's refereeing performance.
Like so many creative players, Corica lets his temper get the better of him occasionally.
He attempted to put a brake on some silly emotions breaking out and was successful.
Game was dreadful. long balls, litle creativity , ball possession was very poor as was the passing.
Archie was a log, Allsop wasted on the left side. don't they miss fred
"Not surprisingly, the players started trying to milk free kicks, degenerating the contest" is just one of the many examples of poor expression.
On the game itself - Shield did go card happy but as you have noted the red card is hard to argue against. I don't think the yellow cards themselves had much of an effect on the outcome but probably did not help the standard of the game.
The Victory are still grinding out results even though they are still well below the high standard of last year. I am yet to be convinced of Hernandez's value yet but he is at least improving. And yes, we do miss Fred.