A new face takes center stage on the A-League Power Rankings here on the View from Avalon. The Western Sydney Wanderers are on fire once again, and have scored a massive victory over Central Coast. Meanwhile, the Melbourne Victory make a massive leap back towards the top after literally snapping this past weekend. All this and more on this week’s Hyundai A-League Power Rankings on the View.
1. Western Sydney Wanderers
Chalk up another victory in the dream season for Tony Popovic’s Western Sydney Wanderers, who relied on the heroics of Labinot Haliti in the 81st minute of play to prevail 1-0 over the Central Coast Mariners. Western Sydney continue their season on Mar. 10 against Wellington Phoenix at Parramatta Stadium in Sydney.
2. Melbourne Victory
After dropping a string of matches, Ange Postcoglou’s Melbourne Victory snapped and destroyed the Newcastle Jets, 5-0, at AAMI Park in Melbourne. Marco Rojas (8′, 65′) and Mark Milligan (30′, 57′) scored braces, while Adrian Leijer added some first-half insurance. Melbourne return to action on Mar. 9 against the Brisbane Roar at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane.
3. Brisbane Roar
Despite finishing the game a man down, Ben Halloran’s 82nd-minute goal stood and Mike Mulvey’s Brisbane Roar earned a critical 1-0 shutout victory over Adelaide United at Hindmarsh Stadium in Adelaide. The Roar return to action on Mar. 9 against the Melbourne Victory at Suncorp Stadium.
4. Central Coast Mariners
Graham Arnold’s Central Coast Mariners get bumped down after getting shut out by the Western Sydney Wanderers, 1-0, at Bluetongue Stadium. Central Coast return to action on Mar. 9 against Sydney FC at Allianz Stadium in Sydney.
5. Perth Glory
Goals from Chris Harold in the 20th minute and Shane Smeltz in the 35th minute paced Alistair Edwards’s Perth Glory to a 2-1 win over Sydney FC at nib Stadium in Perth. The Glory continue their season against the Newcastle Jets on Mar. 8 at Hunter Stadium in Newcastle.
6. Adelaide United
Michael Valkanis’s Adelaide United were hounded in their 1-0 shutout defeat to the Brisbane Roar at Hindmarsh Stadium and will look to rebound on Mar. 11 against Melbourne Heart at AAMI Park.
7. Wellington Phoenix
This past week, Ricki Herbert resigned as manager of the Wellington Phoenix and has been replaced by Chris Greenacre. The coaching change has helped the Nix a bit, as Jeremy Brockie’s 19th minute strike paced Wellington—who ended the game a man down—to a 1-0 shutout win over Melbourne Heart at Forsyth Barr Stadium in Dunedin, New Zealand. The Phoenix continue their season on Mar. 10 against the Western Sydney Wanderers at Parramatta Stadium.
8. Sydney FC
Despite a goal from Alessandro del Piero in the 29th minute of play, Frank Farina’s Sydney FC finished a man down and a goal down in their 2-1 defeat to Perth Glory. It will not get any easier for the Sky Blues, who have the Central Coast Mariners to deal with on Mar. 9 at Allianz Stadium.
9. Melbourne Heart
John Aloisi’s Melbourne Heart were punchless and gutless as they were taken out of their misery by the Wellington Phoenix, 1-0, at Forsyth Barr Stadium. The Heart are in need points, and it won’t be easy taking them from Adelaide United on Mar. 11 at AAMI Park.
10. Newcastle Jets
Gary van Egmond’s Newcastle Jets are at the bottom of the heap after playing down to 10 men in the second half and getting walloped, 5-0, at AAMI Park. The Jets fly back home on Mar. 8 to host Perth Glory at Hunter Stadium.