Adelaide bore against Roar
  Wed 14th Jan 2009
A-League 2008/2009 - Round 16 (catchup) between Adelaide United and Queensland Roar at Hindmarsh Stadium
Adelaide United 0 drew with Queensland Roar 0
Source: FootballNews
Adelaide United has maintained its slender hold on the top position of the A-League table after scratching out a goalless draw against Queensland Roar in front of 14,500 fans at Hindmarsh Stadium tonight. The performance enhanced Adelaide's growing reputation as possibly the most boring football side in the A-League.

Adelaide went into the game knowing a win would almost certainly hand the club the minor premiership and a guaranteed spot in the Asian Champions League. The fans responded on a perfect night for football with the biggest crowd of the season packing into Hindmarsh Stadium.

With everything to play for, Adelaide was expected to put in a big performance. Instead fans were treated to yet another disciplined but un-inspiring performance that was completely bereft of any ambition.

The die of this match was cast before the first ball was kicked. After achieving success in the Asian Champions League, Adelaide coach Aurelio Vidmar has religiously persisted with what could be described as a 4-5-1 formation but is closer to a 5-4-----1 formation also known as the "watching paint dry" formation. To make matters worse for Adelaide, this week the isolated striker role fell to youngster Robbie "Waqar" Younis who, on current form, should have stuck to playing cricket in NSW.

The Waqar proudly exclaimed he was going to get at least 11 goals in his first season at Adelaide United. Last we heard the Waqar was arguing he really meant roman numeral II and not 11.

So Adelaide went into the game with the isolated Waqar up front supported by "Hands on Hips" Travis Dodd. An undoubtedly talented footballer, Travis Dodd has spend much of this season with his hands on his hips punctuated by the occasional run down the line and the even less occasional goal.

With Socceroo coach Pim Verbeek in the crowd, Adelaide United captain Travis Dodd knew that tonight was the night to put in his once a month cameo performance. But even the appearance of Pim Verbeek was not enough for to inspire Dodd to shine above the dullness that pervaded this match.

So half time came and half time went without a memorable moment. The second half was no better and was only punctuated by one memorable moment - Adelaide winning its first corner in the 87th minute. In front of its biggest home crowd at Hindmarsh Stadium with the minor premiership at stake, it took 87 minutes for Adelaide to get its first corner. Hows that for attacking ambition!!

In defence of the players they cannot be faulted for their efforts. They toiled hard all game but were repeatedly deflated by tactical boredom and very capable opponents. The A-League is at the business end of the season and the top four challengers have stopped giving out presents. The steady flow of goals from set pieces has dried up and Adelaide need to come out and play football.

For Queensland it was a solid away performance and they may feel a little unfortunate to have come away from this match with only one point. Coach Frank Farina would be feeling confident going into the finals that his side has very comfortably dealt with the top team in the competition.

For Adelaide the positive to come out of tonight's match is that it is now part of history. This performance might be the wake up call that the coaching staff and the players need in the lead up to the final series.



Adelaide United 0 drew with Queensland Roar 0
Match Statistics:
Crowd: 14450

Adelaide United FC :
Player listing:
20. Eugene GALEKOVIC (gk), 2.Robert CORNTHWAITE, 3.ALEMAO, 6.CASSIO (15.Jonas SALLEY 87'), 7.Lucas PANTELIS, 13.Travis DODD (c), 14.Scott JAMIESON, 18.Fabian BARBIERO, 19.Sasa OGNENOVSKI, 24.Paul REID, 25.Robert YOUNIS (10.CRISTIANO 57')

Substitutes not used: 5.Michael VALKANIS, 70.Cody LARKIN (rgk)

Coach: Aurelio Vidmar

Yellow Cards: 14. Scott JAMIESON 42'
Red Cards: Nil

Queensland Roar FC :
Player listing:
20. GriffinMcMASTER (gk), 2. Andrew PACKER, 3. Luke DEVERE (14. Ben GRIFFIN 90'+3), 4.Craig MOORE, 7.Michael ZULLO, 8. Massimo MURDOCCA, 9. Sergio van DIJK, 12.Tajh MINNIECON (21.Tommy OAR 60'), 15.Matthew McKAY, 16.Hyuk-Su SEO, 17.Mitch NICHOLS (22. Robbie KRUSE 77')

Substitutes not used: 40.Matthew HAM (rgk)

Coach: Frank Farina

Yellow Cards: 2. Andrew PACKER 59', 21. Tommy OAR 70', 8. Massimo MURDOCCA 85'
Red Cards: Nil

Ratings:
Referee: Strebre Delovski , 9 / 10
Pitch: 9 / 10
Game: 3 / 10

Best Players:
3. Eugene Galekovic (Adelaide United)
2. Craig Moore (Queensland Roar)
1. Sasha Ognenovski (Adelaide United)
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