Best on field Brillante leads Sydney to victory

Sydney FC returned to the top of the A-League’s summit with a 1-0 victory over Melbourne City at AAMI Park. Luke Wilkshire scored his first in a decade, but it was Josh Brillante who led the Sky Blues to three points. The midfielder’s performance was the best on field, he dominated the game and bossed the statistics. He wasn’t on his own but let’s take a look at his 90 minutes.

The former Gold Coast and Newcastle midfielder heavily involved, touching the ball 110 times which was by far the most out of any other player on the field. From those 110 touches, 97 of those were passes which was again the most out of any player. His 79.4 per cent passing accuracy wasn’t the highest but obviously that doesn’t mean much when Matt Simon finishes with an 80 per cent accuracy from five passes. Ten of Sydney’s players however finished with higher than 79 per cent.

Brillante created two chances, which was the equal highest with teammates Michael Zullo, and usual suspect Milos Ninkovic. His two shots was also equal highest with Wilkshire, Ninkovic, and David Carney.

The four tackles Brillante won from five attempts was the highest in the match, City’s Luke Brattan made three from the four he attempted.

  • Sydney have won three consecutive matches against City
  • The Sky Blues are undefeated in 15 away matches dating back to March 2016
  • The win was Sydney’s fifth in 18 matches at AAMI Park
  • Andrew Redmayne kept his 18th A-League clean sheet

He won eight duels which was only bettered by Johnny Warren Medalist Ninkovic who won 10.

The 24-year-old has formed quite a formidable partnership with Brandon O’Neill in the centre of midfield and it looks like it is continuing on from the heights of last season.

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