Hyundai A-League Team of the Week: Round 22

There were plenty of outstanding individual performances across the Hyundai A-League's split Round 22 over the past fortnight. 

But who did enough to make the Team of the Week? Here's who we've gone with in a 3-4-3 formation. 

KEEPER

Jamie Young (Roar) - Showed his class with another super display against Adelaide. Made several key saves, with a one-on-one denial of Nikola Mileusnic proving crucial.

DEFENDERS

Nikolai Topor-Stanley (Jets) - The centre-back was immense for a 10-man Jets outfit as they held a star-studded Sydney FC side at bay in a 2-1 upset win. 

Brendan Hamill (Wanderers) - Took both of his goals like a veteran striker, which was all the more important in the absence of Oriol Riera. Added five clearances in a top all-round performance.

Josh Risdon (Wanderers) - Might have had a goal to his credit, but the Caltex Socceroo can be more than satisfied with an assist, five clearances and 14 of 22 duels won.

MIDFIELDERS

Eric Bautheac (Roar) - Made the difference with a touch of class in the 1-0 win over Adelaide and could easily have finished with an assist.

Dimi Petratos (Jets) - The perfect foil for Nabbout. Kept his nerve to convert the opener from the spot at and would have a delightful second if not for the post.

Xavi Torres (Glory) - Given additional creative freedom with Diego Castro sidelined, Torres did his compatriot proud as that terrific late free-kicked capped off a dangerous display.

Thomas Kristensen (Roar) - Defended dutifully, distributed cleanly and helped keep Roar together under late pressure from a determined Reds outfit.

ATTACKERS

Andrew Nabbout (Jets) - His brilliant 30-yard winner against the champions was audacious, technically superb and the sign of a player at the peak of his powers.

Kosta Barbarouses (Victory) - The Kiwi winger was at his electric best in the Melbourne Derby, scoring a goal and posing a constant threat to the City goal in Victory's win. 

Mark Bridge (Wanderers) - An excellent display from the Wanderers skipper as he notched two assists and created eight chances - more than double of any other player on the pitch - in the resounding win over Wellington.

MANAGER OF THE ROUND

Ernie Merrick (Jets) - The Scotsman masterminded Newcastle's thrilling 2-1 upset over Sydney FC with his side forced to play the majority of the match with 10 men. One of the most courageous wins in A-League history. 

 This article was originally published at: www.a-league.com.au/news/hyundai-a-league-team-week-round-22-1