Off the field, Danny Tiatto is one of the gentlest people I have met in football. On the pitch he tries to give back what he gets. And this gets him into trouble.
For the first match-up between Newcastle and the Roar in round 2, the 'Monday experts' at the FFA decided to make an example of Tiatto and he and Moore were absent. As the round ball analyst commented on my last blog, the Roar are an up and down team. In round two they were down. And while the Roar led 0-1 from the 70th to the 88th, Stuart McLaren had been left to do all the tackling all day - and he succumbed to a 2nd yellow card which led to Joel Griffiths bending round the Roar wall. The close out from Tiatto and Moore was missed.
Lynch was still in the starting 11 at that stage, Zullo sat the game out on the bench and Robbie Kruse was still recovering from his pre-season face injury.
Newcastle had not yet played the ultimately embarrassing Mario Jardel.
By the return in round 9 Zullo and Kruse had made their mark and Kruse scored in the first minute. To be cancelled out by a Griffiths penalty in the 47th. Moore was there but no Danny.
In the round 15, for the 90 minute plus 2 Griffiths sucker punch, Tiatto was captain and Moore was not there.
Sunday it will be Tiatto and Moore together for the first time against Newcastle.