Bosnich vs The Football Sack: Round Nine

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It’s time for another managerial clash with the great Mark Bosnich in our Football Manager 2016 simulator series.

But Bozza has been a naughty boy this week. He’s forgotten to release a side to challenge our team of the week for Round Nine of the A-League.

We’ve taken pity on him, allowing Bozza the use of the official A-League team of the week. We’re good like that.

Both teams are as attacking as ever with The Football Sack set up in a fluid 4231 with Mark Bridge playing off Alex Brosque.

Bozza’s adopted side look especially dangerous up top with three inform hit men chomping at the bit. Here’s the full set up:

The Football Sack

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Bozza’s Adopted Men

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Each team’s lack of a midfield enforcer was obvious throughout the first half as they both created a number of chances to open the scoring without much resistance.

But it was The Football Sack who drew first blood through Brosque with twenty minutes played.

Aaron Mooy won a free kick in a good position just outside the box and he stepped up to take it.

His curling delivery was met by the head of Brosque, who drove it powerfully past keeper Glen Moss.

Their lead wouldn’t hold out until the half time whistle as Bozza’s troops fought back with ten minutes to go.

Jamie Maclaren and Harry Novillo had both spurned glorious chances early on but the former didn’t let a second golden chance slip away.

He played a nice set of passes with his attacking partners before splitting off in behind Andrew Durante.

He was picked out by Mitch Nichols and slotted coolly past the advancing Ante Covic.

It had been an entertaining yet close encounter as the referee blew for the break.

The game continued in that vein and Bozza’s men struck just four minutes after the interval.

Durante was struggling to deal with the pace of Bozza’s front three and he allowed Maclaren to ghost in behind him again.

The striker’s shot was well saved by Covic only for the rebound to be converted by Novillo.

Ten minutes later The Football Sack were back on level terms.

A high looping ball all the way from the back from Nikolai Topor Stanley was misjudged by Daniel Bowles, who had Brosque nipping at his heels.

The defender failed to clear and Brosque swept it into the back of the net with Moss stranded.

Both sides continued to go for it to the very death but couldn’t quite find that something special as it ended 2-2.

Standings

A highly entertaining fixture ends all level with both teams going home with a point for Round Nine.

The Football Sack P4 W1 D2 L1
Mark Bosnich P4 W1 D2 L1

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Lochy McIvor
Brisbane Roar and Tottenham Hotspur supporter. Jesus would have played in the hole. Follow me at @lochymci

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