Saturday, October 30, 2010

 

Fox Redux

Some time ago, when Michael Zullo and Robbie Kruse were the hottest young prospects in the A-League, I suggested that Kruse probably had the more potential of the two of them. Although Zullo has already made the jump to Europe, and although Kruse endured a long spell on the outer thanks to some off-field problems, my opinion hasn't substantially changed.

It's good to see Kruse back in form with Melbourne, and in last night against Adelaide he displayed his full range of talents. There was the out-of-nowhere opportunist's goal, of course, but perhaps more indicative of his overall contribution was the piece of sustained, intricate control by the left touchline some moments earlier, which demonstrated both his excellent skills and his enviable tenacity. Melbourne did nothing from the subsequent cross, but just in procuring it Kruse had emphatically beaten the odds.

He does still suffer from a tendency to "make the most" of challenges, as they say, and one of these days it is going to cost him dearly. Ernie Merrick has been inclined to turn a blind eye to his own charges' underhand play at times, with the result that Kevin Muscat and Grant Brebner (the former in particular) are deeply unpopular with the other teams' fans. Kruse, baby-faced looks and all, is definitely heading the same way.

Meanwhile, what to make of the A-League's longest-running hoodoo? The early injury to Matthew Leckie obviously took the wind out of the visitors' sails, and the choice of Fabian Barbiero to replace the quick winger was a strange one, but one senses that there is more to it than that. Despite the fact that there have been plenty of personnel changes at both clubs since, the memory of that 6-0 grand final drubbing in 2007 must still linger like a cancer in Adelaide United's collective memory. Last night's match was pleasingly even, but once again it was Melbourne who broke through when it counted.

The game has certainly set up this evening's clash at the SFS nicely, with Sydney desperate to recover ground and the in-form Brisbane Roar in the hunt for top spot.

Comments:
"but one senses that there is more to it than that."

Well I laughed. Damn GF memory, that's what it was!

It should also be noted that the systematic refereeing that has (allegedly) occurred down the years in this fixture has had absolutely no bearing on results at all.
 
..."but one senses that there is more to it than that."

Well I laughed. Damn GF memory, that's what it was!...

Not saying that's ALL it is by any means, but AU often do seem to approach matches against MV with an inferiority complex, put it that way.

...It should also be noted that the systematic refereeing that has (allegedly) occurred down the years in this fixture has had absolutely no bearing on results at all...

Geez, still seething over that Cristiano sendoff in the 2009 GF? ;-)
 
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