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Shanghai SIPG vs Western Sydney Wanderers 28/02/2017 7:30PM

Feb 27 2017 12:03 PM | mack in First Team Pre-Match Articles

Shanghai SIPG vs Western Sydney Wanderers


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Date and Local Kick-Off Time at Stadium: Tuesday 28 February 2017 - 7:30PM


Sydney Kick-Off Time: 10:30PM EDT


Round: Group Stage


Competition: Asian Champions League


Location: Shanghai, China


Stadium: Shanghai Stadium


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Gutless Wanderers Capitulate In Perth

Feb 25 2017 11:06 PM | mack in First Team Match Reports

A pathetic performance for the Red & Black against Perth has seen the Glory rise to 3rd on the ladder while the Wanderers head to China losing two games in a row.

It was a heartless, insipid and staid example of the football that has kept the Wanderers close to last place than 1st, with the Derby win fading into history. If you've watched pretty much any Wanderers game you've seen this one. Passing backwards & sideways is more important than moving towards goal, a defence who spend more time scrambling than putting up controlled resistance, an impotent forward line, substitutes who do nothing to change the game, and a coach whose unchanging tactics are being increasingly exposed by opposition coaches.

After 10 minutes the Wanderers were handed their first warning, Castro bamboozled several defenders before laying it back to Taggart, who had his shot from 3 yards out blocked on the line by Jonathan Aspro.

Terry Antonis was the only player to come remotely close to scoring, as he cannoned an extremely long range free kick effort off the cross bar. The Wanderers managed a pathetic solitary shot on target, it coming in the 75th minute from Brendon Santalab, it dribbled straight into the path of Liam Reddy who could have made a cup of tea in the time it took to leave the boot of Santalab and it's arrival at his feet.

Chris Harold opened the scoring for Perth. Diego Castro found Harold directly from a free kick, Harold swung out a boot. His connection wasn't particularly strong, the ball rolled along the floor, luckily for the Glory Robbie Cornthwaite threw his toe out, deflecting the grubbing shot past Vedran Janjetovic.

In the dying minutes of the game, deep into injury time, Perth took advantage of more defensive frailty. Despite the game still being up for grabs and a potential Premiership point to be taken with one goal, the Wanderers sat back and let Castro & Keogh play it back and forth near the corner flag for 3 minutes, until Castro decided he'd had enough of toying with the inept defence.

Dimas who came on as a sub somehow managed to look tired, he made no effort to tackle Castro, the cover defender Shannon Cole was nutmegged by the cut-back, and Cornthwaite was woefully out of position. Joel Chianese stole in front of Cornthwaite and beat Janjetovic to seal the points.

Tony Popovic is delusional if he still thinks he can win the Grand Final. The way his side & tactics are going, he'll be lucky to win another game. Dimas needs to be stripped of the captaincy immediately, he is not worthy of the shirt he's embarrassing in every game.

The failure on the pitch tonight was compounded with the complete silence regarding the Kearyn Baccus suspension issue. Leading up to the game, the club announced that Kearyn had been suspended for receiving 4 yellow cards. After being made aware of the fact that Kearyn had only received 4 cards, while his brother Keanu received 1, the club was silent despite repeated requests to explain the situation, and how they allowed the FFA to get away with suspending one of their players incorrectly.

The side head straight to China to face Shanghai in the Asian Champions League midweek.

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Perth Glory vs Western Sydney Wanderers 25/02/2017 7:00PM

Feb 23 2017 06:19 PM | mack in First Team Pre-Match Articles

Perth Glory vs Western Sydney Wanderers


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Date and Local Kick-Off Time at Stadium: Saturday 25 February 2017 - 7:00PM


Sydney Kick-Off Time: 10:00PM EDT


Round: 21


Competition: A-League Regular Season


Location: Perth, Western Australia


Stadium: NIB Stadium


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Diamonds Shine At Campbelltown

Feb 21 2017 08:14 PM | mack in First Team Match Reports

Tony Popovic disrespected the Asian Champions League by naming a 2nd tier squad for his opening match against Urawa, and the Japanese outfit punished him by handing out a 4-0 drubbing with a second half blitz.

Despite having just won the Sydney Derby, Popovic rotated his squad, bringing back failed foreign player Artiz Borda, the inconsistent Jumpei Kusukami, while also introducing players who haven't played in months, like Steven Lustica. Popovic also gave a debut to young striker Abraham Majok. The disjointed team managed to ease into the match, getting to the half-time break without conceding, along with Majok scoring only to be ruled out by the offside flag.

The second half was a disaster, just 10 minutes into the half Lee Tadanari sliced through the inept central defensive pairing, Shinzoh Kohrogi latching onto the through ball and stabbing a toe-poke past Vedran Janjetovic. They doubled their lead almost immediately, Tadanari turning from provider to scorer as he took advantage of an awful giveaway from Janjetovic, as he threw the ball straight to Urawa, they launched an attack that eventually ended with Tadanari firing under the keeper for 2-0.

The introductions of Mario Shabow, Ryan Griffiths & Shannon Cole did nothing to stem the Red tide, as they went for the jugular, picking up a 3rd goal in the 68th minute. Unlike the Wanderers who wasted every single set piece opportunity on the night, Hamill leapt to try and clear an Urawa corner but he only managed a dangerous flick-on. Urawa defender Makino Tomoaki was left unmarked, he waltzed into the 6 yard box, flung out a boot and connected to send the ball crashing past Jumpei on the line.

Brazilian forward Rafael da Silva was introduced late in the game, and despite not having the pedigree of his famouse namesake who played for Manchester United, Lyon & the Brazilian national team, Rafael was still good enough to blast a fourth goal past the Wanderers defence by embarrassing Hamill & Janjetovic.

Despite the high of the Sydney Derby win, this was a pathetic loss, one that started from the moment Popovic decided to play a bit piece team made up of failures, players out of position, debutantes, and men who hadn't seen a competitive match in months.

How Popovic decided that it was fine for his two fullbacks, several midfielders and goalkeeper to back up after the derby, but not the key central defensive pairing of Cornthwaite & Aspro is beyond me. For a coach who has won the competition, he let himself get humiliated, destroying all the momentum from the weekends Derby victory, just in time for a long plane trip to Perth for the weekend, followed by a long-haul effort to face up with Shanghai SIPG next week.

The few bright spots were Majok and his debut, Shabow finally getting some gametime, and the long awaited return of Shannon Cole. Everything else was a dismal failure.

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Western Sydney Wanderers vs Urawa Red Diamonds 21/02/2017 7:00PM

Feb 20 2017 12:55 PM | mack in First Team Pre-Match Articles

Western Sydney Wanderers vs Urawa Red Diamonds


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Date and Local Kick-Off Time at Stadium: Tuesday 21 February 2017 - 7:00PM


Sydney Kick-Off Time: 7:00PM EDT


Round: Group Stage


Competition: Asian Champions League


Location: Leumeah, New South Wales


Stadium: Campbelltown Stadium


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