It will go down as one of the Melbourne Derby classics. But who was best on ground? Griffin McMaster rates his best from Etihad Stadium on Saturday night.
NATHAN COE – 6.5
Conceded two goals. The first goal he wasn’t to blame. It was poor defending on the set piece. The second goal he came off his line and missed a punch. Did not have much else to do.
DANIEL GEORGEVSKI – 6.5
Had some good duels with Damien Duff. He did ok although Duff was slightly better than him.
MATTHIEU DELPIERRE – 7
His team copped two goals at home and who was marking Wielaert on the first goal?
ADRIAN LEIJER – 7
Was in the mash up for the second goal although I don’t think we can pin the blame on him. Stuck on solidly.
SCOTT GALLOWAY – 7.5
Was the best of Victory's. defenders. Kept David Villa quiet.
MARK MILLIGAN – 7.5
Solid. Great leadership and a good passer of the ball. Spurned his team on. Well done.
CARL VALERI – 7
Didn’t fair too well in the first half, conceding the foul that led to City’s first goal. Second half was a better showing.
GUI FINKLER – 8
Very good. He's a quality number ten that’s good on the ball and has great quality ahead of him. Gives great service.
KOSTA BARBAROUSES – 6.5
Had some good patches but hit some flat spots. His shooting was a down-fall. Sometimes nippy down the right.
BESART BERISHA – 9.5
Hat-trick hero! What a buy. Victory has got it right this season with his capture.
ARCHIE THOMPSON – 9
First goal offside? Does it matter? It counted. Scored again late on. Thompson showing no signs of slowing down.
FAHID BEN KHALFALLAH – 6.5
Tried to get in on the act of scoring from the bench. Will find it difficult to start in front of Thompson, Finkler and Berisha.
LEIGH BROXHAM – N/A
RASHID MAHAZI – N/A
ANDREW REDMAYNE – 5.5
You could call him unlucky but when you concede five it never looks good. It was a horrible night at the office for the entire City defence.
IAIN RAMSAY – 6
Going forward he was good but I’m not sure he’s a suitable left back option. Questioned his defensive duties.
PATRICK KISNORBO – 6
Was off the pace all night.
ROBBIE WEILAERT – 6.5
Will bear the responsibility of conceding five goals along with his back-line. Did score the opening goal though.
JASON HOFFMAN – 6
Did score. However again his side will need to put their hand up for letting in five goals. Where was he on the fifth goal?
MASSIMO MURDOCCA – 6.5
First half he was good. Second half he really found it hard getting into the match.
ERIK PAARTALU – 5
Did not see much of him. We saw a lot more of him at Brisbane. Fitness? Adjusting to different system?
AARON MOOY – 7.5
Sharpest player on the park and provides so well. Assisted City’s only two goals. Great player.
DAVID VILLA – 6
Hardly saw the ball but not totally his fault. For a World Cup winner to hardly be involved in the match is quite sad.
MATE DUGANDZIC – 5.5
First half he was ok at best. Got subbed again.
DAMIEN DUFF – 7.5
He has always got that surprise feature with crossing on his right or jinking back onto his left.
JACOB MEELING – N/A
PAULO RETRE – 5
JAMES BROWN – 5
Came on and conceded a needless foul in the box which led to a penalty.1 comment