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A-League: five things we learned from round 13

It’s a new year, and it’s time to make some resolutions. Here are five suggestions to improve football in Australia

Who would’ve thunk it? A player who just last season was competently going about his business in the English Premier League marks his starting debut in the A-League by absolutely tearing it to shreds and scoring a hat-trick. Damien Duff has looked good in the opening rounds, but the former West Bromwich Albion and Hull City attacker Robert Koren is the partner he’s been searching for – ie someone who is not Jason Hoffman or David Williams. Sure, beating Newcastle Jets isn’t much to write home about this season, but the manner in which they dismantled Phil Stubbins’s side on Tuesday would have alerted the rest of the competition to their potential. City have steadily found their rhythm after a poor start to the season, and with Aaron Mooy in scintillating form and Josh Kennedy soon to be part of the side, finals football should now be an expectation rather than a distant hope. Unfortunately for coach John van ‘t Schip the Asian Cup break could not have come at a worse time, but with out of form Western Sydney Wanderers and Central Coast Mariners their opponents in the next two rounds, City could rocket up the table in the new year. Just gotta keep Koren in cotton wool.

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