Season-ending injuries happened in succession and there were times Michael Neill thought a professional career would never eventuate.
Melbourne City coach John Van't Schip believes his side are playing with too much fear.
Inviting an Indonesian and Malaysian team into the A-League could be the key to accelerating the growth of football in Australia
Errors by goalkeeper Andrew Redmayne and defender Rob Wielaert gifted Sydney FC striker Mark Janko a goal in each half.
Live scores and stats as Graham Arnold's side head to Melbourne looking to keep pace with the top three.
If the sign of a good side is that it can win when it's not playing well, then Melbourne Victory coach Kevin Muscat has plenty to be pleased about.
Kevin Muscat was the first to admit his side did not perform with the style it could in their triumph over Brisbane Roar.
Can Graham Arnold's side give supporters hope there is a way out of this hole?
Live scores and stats as Victory take on Roar at AAMI Park.