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Derby Draw Drops Wanderers To 8th

Jan 14 2017 09:28 PM | mack in First Team Pre-Match Articles

A scoreless draw in Sydney kept the Wanderers out of the top 6.

It was another case of same old same old in attack, slightly made up for by the keeping of the first clean sheet this season for the Wanderers, in a game which was far from a dour 0-0 but still lacked true class for either team up front.

In another case of same old same old, referee Peter Green managed to do what should have been impossible, missing a clear handball from Michael Zullo despite having a clear line of sight & within 10 meters of the incident. Green waved away the clear penalty, which increases the amount of gifts & favours Sydney FC have received this season from the FFA's inept referees. To top off the ineptitude Green didn't even see the clear deflection, and he incredulously awarded Sydney FC a goal kick.

The Wanderers arguably had the better of the game, but did nothing of note with it. Everytime the Wanderers threatened to get in behind the Sydney FC defence, they turned heel & lazily passed the ball backwards & sidelines before inevitably losing it, or taking a shot with little hope of scoring. Jaushua Sotirio had one good chance after being played through on goal, only to see his attempt to round the keeper blocked.

Wellington defeated the Central Coast Mariners earlier in the day, and their victory saw the Wanderers drop down to 8th position on goal difference.

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Sydney FC vs Western Sydney Wanderers 14/1/2017 7:50PM

Jan 10 2017 01:47 PM | mack in First Team Pre-Match Articles

Sydney FC vs Western Sydney Wanderers

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Date and Local Kick-Off Time at Stadium: Saturday 14 January 2017 - 7:50PM

Sydney Kick-Off Time: 7:50PM EDT

Round: 15

Competition: A-League Regular Season

Location: Sydney, New South Wales

Stadium: Sydney Football Stadium

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10 Man Wanderers Succumb 1-0 To City

Jan 06 2017 09:11 PM | mack in First Team Match Reports

Artiz Borda's red card left the Wanderers in a deep hole they were unable to overcome, after Ivan Franjic hammered a thunderbolt to open the scoring.

With the new year came a new formation for the visitors, with Tony Popovic under pressure to produce results, he elected to play a somewhat unusual 4-4-2 formation, with Mitch Nichols & Nico Martinez taking up a fluid attacking duo, with Jumpei Kusukami, Jaushua Sotirio, Bruno Pinatares & Kearyn Baccus making up the 4 man midfield. Ex Sydney FC goalkeeper made his debut for the Wanderers.

20 minutes into the game and the home side were in front. From a corner, Kearyn Baccus was first to the ball but he only managed to find Ivan Franjic lurking on the edge of the penalty area. The fullback attempted an audacious side footed first time volley on his right foot. It swerved like a missile into the top corner of Janjetovic's goal.

Unfortunately for Popovic, his formational innovation was short lived. After half an hour Borda was given his marching orders. With the ball out on the left flank, Borda marked up Fornaroli, and Borda made contact with his elbow into the strikers head. The referee judged it worth a red card, and Borda left the field as his opponent remained prone on the turf.

The rest of the game was marked by Melbourne's inability to punish the Wanderers with a second goal, and the Wanderers trying in vain to force an equaliser. The best chance for the Wanderers fell to substitute Lachlan Scott, who had a ball fall nicely at his feet, only to see his snapshot on the turn fly just wide of the post.

Popovic will be forced to make a chance to his defence once again, with the likely result of Robbie Cornthwaite & Jonathan Aspro playing together in central defence. It remains to be seen if Popovic will stick to his new strikerless formation against Sydney FC.

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Melbourne City vs Western Sydney Wanderers 6/1/2017 7:50PM

Jan 05 2017 01:20 PM | mack in First Team Pre-Match Articles

Melbourne City vs Western Sydney Wanderers

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Date and Local Kick-Off Time at Stadium: Friday 6 January 2017 - 7:50PM

Sydney Kick-Off Time: 7:50PM EDT

Round: 14

Competition: A-League Regular Season

Location: Melbourne, Victoria

Stadium: AAMI Park

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One One on One One One Seven

Jan 01 2017 08:59 PM | mack in First Team Match Reports

It was a new year, but the same old result for the Western Sydney Wanderers, as they earned a 1-1 draw with Perth Glory at the Sydney Olympic Stadium tonight.

The only major surprise in the home teams lineup was the absence through injury of fullback Scott Neville, and he was replaced by utility defender Brendan Hamill. The Wanderers had a good opening 10 minutes, with Dimas Delgado having a wide lash at goal after neat wing play from Nico Martinez. Perth however took the lead after 14 minutes. Josh Risdon, Andy Keogh & Chris Harold combined to send Adam Taggart through on goal. The assistant missed an obvious offside from meters away, but Taggart cared little as he strode in on goal, and took advantage of poor goalkeeping from Jerrad Tyson to beat the keeper at his near post.

Tony Popovic had named a substitute bench including Kearyn Baccus & Jaushua Sotirio, and the pair combined to bring the home team back level in the 65th minute. Baccus picked up the ball near his own penalty area, continued toward halfway unchallenged, before lobbing the ball over a static Perth defence who had been caught square with Josh Risdon keeping Sotirio onside. The speedy winger had been deployed as a forward with the suspension of Brendan Santalab, and Sotirio took inspiration from the Wanderers leading scorer, as he slotted a neat finish past ex-Wanderer Liam Reddy.

Neither side were able to score a goal to provide a precious win, with Western Sydney looking increasingly likely to find themselves breaking the record of 11 draws in an A-League season.

Reports indicated that the Wanderers have Eli Babalj, the twice capped Australian international forward on trial from AZ Alkmaar of Holland and Tony Popovic may add him to a squad which is already set to include Terry Antonis & Vedran Janjetovic.

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