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    The Gombau Era began tonight for the Western Sydney Wanderers against Melbourne City with a 1-1 draw in Melbourne.

    Melbourne City has the best of the opening opportunities, as the Wanderers were clearly struggling to adjust to the Gombau tactical regime. Western Sydney lined up in a 4-1-4-1 formation with Kearyn Baccus as the lone defensive midfielder, and Roly Bonevacia & Mark Bridge playing together in central midfield. With Alvaro Cejudo on the bench due to injury, Gombau promoted Jaushua Sotirio to the starting lineup.

    The best chance in the first half for the home side came from a horrid backpass by Raul Llorente, as his attempt at finding Vedran Janjetovic instead found Ross McCormack. The striker was in the penalty area unattended with only the keeper to beat. With all the time in the world McCormack could only find the boot of Janjetovic. Late in the half  McCormack was given a shot from a free kick right outside the area, he curled the ball over the wall but it was met with another wonderful save from a flying Janjetovic.

    The inclusion of Sotirio into the squad turned into a move of genius. With Osama Malik caught on the ball by Oriol Riera his defensive team-mate Llorente pounced on the loose ball, sending it along the ground for the run of Sotirio, who made the best of the ball being slightly behind him to send it through the legs of Eugene Galekovic, onto the woodwork, before the winger turned it home into the open net to open the scoring.

    Melbourne City looked slightly the better side in the second half, and with the help of the VAR they were given a spot kick in the 55th minute. After Osama Malik booted the ball into Row Z, the ref awarded a goal kick, only to have the VAR overturn the referees decision & award a penalty for a foul from Llorente. After wasting a bunch of chances in open play, McCormack stepped up to the spot & sent Janjetovic the wrong way to equalise.

    The last half hour was a see-sawing affair that Melbourne City given the benefit of the officials whistle on numerous occasions. The Wanderers pressed & probed for a winner but weren't able to find one, while City were unable to get past a stellar Janjetovic for a second time. The Gombau Era starting for the Wanderers with a draw, just like the Wanderers first ever game under Popovic against the Central Coast Mariners. The biggest tactical change came with the use of Baccus as a sole defensive midfield distributor, Alvaro Cejudo was deployed in the midfield and made a lot of good touches but it will remain to be see if that will be a permanent switch. All in all, a decent if not wonderful start for Josep Gombau as the Wanderers manager, but one that looks promising.

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    Striker gets taken off.

    Striker unhappy.

    Literally happening since the start of substitutions in football.

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    For the money we pay we could get better then riera he knows we know and Joseph knows 

    Edited by JayZko

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    No, the worry is that we're not winning.....once we get a few wins all the players will be smiling.

    Edited by tardotz

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    9 minutes ago, mack said:

    The Gombau Era began tonight for the Western Sydney Wanderers against Melbourne City with a 1-1 draw in Melbourne.

    ............................ All in all, a decent if not wonderful start for Josep Gombau as the Wanderers manager, but one that looks promising.

     

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    With us having our manager leaving before the first game, having an interim manager while the search for a new one takes place, we have started the season ok. We have yet to lose. I know at times we have looked ordinary and could of conceded a crapload more goals than we have but the squad is hanging in there. Besides I think we have to give the players and new manager time to gel. Still top 4.

    Next game at home to the Nux.....IN...

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    2 minutes ago, JayZko said:

    For the money we pay we could get better then riera

    Riera is a decent striker, I dont think we could  get better for the money to tell you the truth. 

    We just don't know how to use him. He works hard and the chances he does he get more often than not he gets them on target or puts them away. We need to play more direct, this style we have now is doing my head in. 

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    We've now drawn away from home against the top 3 which isn't too bad on paper. We need to win a couple of home games now !!

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    Just now, MartinTyler said:

    We've now drawn away from home against the top 3 which isn't too bad on paper. We need to win a couple of home games now !!

    Next three games are against teams in bottom 4, two at home. Then smurfs and the 2 east coast teams on the road. Time to make a move.

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    5 minutes ago, Jukes01 said:

    Riera is a decent striker, I dont think we could  get better for the money to tell you the truth. 

    We just don't know how to use him. He works hard and the chances he does he get more often than not he gets them on target or puts them away. We need to play more direct, this style we have now is doing my head in. 

    Rofl that substitution says otherwise I admire your loyalty as I do lots of others but no... 

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    Just now, JayZko said:

    Rofl that substitution says otherwise I admire your loyalty as I do lots of others but no... 

    So who should we of got instead of Riera...??????

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    Anything that’s considered an all rounder

    i don’t like were the Australian game as a whole is headed with strikers

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    2 minutes ago, sonar said:

    So who should we of got instead of Riera...??????

    For the money? Is Pio still available? 

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    1 minute ago, JayZko said:

    Anything that’s considered an all rounder

    i don’t like were the Australian game as a whole is headed with strikers

    C'mon mate, if Riera is as crap as you say,you must have a name or two.......lol

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    Vedran , Cornthwaite and Thwaite were fantastic .

    Baccus was slow and lost the ball too many times. Roly faded out of the game.

    Bridge was no existent.

    Satiro tried hard and scored. I would think he will be used more away than when playing at home.

    The rest...meh

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    4 minutes ago, JayZko said:

    i don’t like were the Australian game as a whole is headed with strikers

    That’s not an issue for our recruitment. Australia football doesn’t have many good strikers and any decent ones are overseas. The A-League doesn’t have the cash to get in a bunch of brilliant strikers, they are expensive and decent ones in our price range are hard to find.

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    1 minute ago, tardotz said:

    Vedran , Cornthwaite and Thwaite were fantastic .

    Baccus was slow and lost the ball too many times. Roly faded out of the game.

    Bridge was no existent.

    Satiro tried hard and scored. I would think he will be used more away than when playing at home.

    The rest...meh

    Yep, about Bridge....he seems a lot slower. We need Risdon back as well. 

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    Couldn't believe that Riera was taken off when Santa came on. Would have been better to give Bridge a rest. Keep in mind that it was Riera getting back possession that led to the goal.

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    2 minutes ago, btron3000 said:

    That’s not an issue for our recruitment. Australia football doesn’t have many good strikers and any decent ones are overseas. The A-League doesn’t have the cash to get in a bunch of brilliant strikers, they are expensive and decent ones in our price range are hard to find.

    True although, it’s popovic’s legacy  to us to have a striker with minimal involvement in games the man had no idea about attacking talent 

    i hope that Ange gets in Jaime Maclarens ear to hit up Joseph or burnsies as well even mitch duke mate if this is the best riera has I’d prefer Lachlan Scott getting a run 

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    10 minutes ago, HillsPanther said:

    Couldn't believe that Riera was taken off when Santa came on. Would have been better to give Bridge a rest. Keep in mind that it was Riera getting back possession that led to the goal.

    I'd be quite happy to start both Santalab and Riera. It may be crazy but Riera is quite prepared to lay off or set up others and Santa is a mongrel when looking to score.

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    30 minutes ago, sonar said:

    So who should we of got instead of Riera...??????

    Bulut!!

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    1 minute ago, thefairy said:

    Bulut!!

    Unavailable. He's still celebrating.....!

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    I'm sick of f*cking draws.

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    Only the first few games and we are already shitting on our striker.

    If I reminded correctly he scored goals in the first 3 games. 

    Also him being pissed being subbed. That is just passion.

    We keep talking about a precious players lack of hunger and a winning mentality. This guy has it. He wants to score and he wants to win.

    Passion is not a crime.

     

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    Riera is great, he didn't have a single chance today but he still created plenty for others.

    4 away draws in a row against the top 3 + Victory is decent, especially considering the coaching situation. If we can rack up the wins at home (big if considering Spotless is no Parra), we'll be looking back at this run as a good set of results.

    After the first 15 I thought we were pretty good, Thwaite makes such a huge difference at the back and is pretty useful bringing the ball out too. Bridge is a big worry though, barely involved in most of his appearances apart from the goal against Newy. Cejudo looked good when he came on. 

    And Sotirio scored! 

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    Bro a striker in the set up we have should be banging them in for fun we dominate that much it gives me head spins I’m off to bed but food for thought say we had Ross McCormack tonight the ****er would of got a hat trick riera is lazy only a tad better then Pio all you blokes know it 

    hopefully Joseph doesn’t put up with his **** and rides him more to get forward make runs

    Edited by JayZko

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    McCormack missed a bucketload of chances for the opposition but if he was with us he would have got a hat-trick???

    You're an interesting fella jayzko

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    Yup we dominated that game we had the referee with City the var with City commentators with city Our defence is the best in the league by a country mile to bad our attack mainly riera is shiet it’s like we’re playing with ten I reckon had Santalab came on early we would have won

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