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    Nix Played Off The Park


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    A smashing victory for the Western Sydney Wanderers tonight as they played a hapless Wellington Phoenix off the park in a 4-0 win.

    Not even the final scoreline of 4-0 fully described the total exposure of the Wellington team. Chris Ikonomidis marked his starting debut with a man of the match performance and he was the catalyst for the opening goal after just 5 minutes. Ikonomidis weaved into the penalty area, was forced to ground but fought his way back up, the ball fell to Josh Risdon and his cross found Oriol Riera at the far post. Despite having to jump backward to get his head to the ball, Riera connected well enough that Wellington keeper Lewis Italiano couldn't tip it over the bar. Riera had another chance 5 minutes before the break but his attempt at glancing wasn't acute enough and it flashed past the near post.

    Wellington's best chance arguably in the entire game came from a very late free kick in first half stoppage time, they got it over the wall but without the direction. Ikonomidis nearly had a well deserved goal in the 55th minute, after Bridge played him through on goal, the young winger chipped past Italiano only to have the ball cleared off the line by a Wellington defender.

    In previous weeks the Wanderers had been fading out on the hour mark, but tonight 60 minutes saw them double their lead. Marcelo Carrusca fired a curling wicked corner into the 6 yard box, and up rose central defender Michael Thwaite to score his first goal for the Wanderers and just his 10th career goal.

    If the second goal dampened the Wellington spirit the third goal for the home side broke it, and Ikonomidis finally had the goal to cap his performance. Running down the right wing he bamboozled Liberato Cacace the Wellington left sided defender, he cut inside and played a neat one two pass with Bridge sending it back via back heel, and his outside of the foot shot blasted past Italiano at the near post.

    The humiliation was complete when Jaushua Sotirio picked up his second goal in as many games. Reira combined with Santalab playing back to goal he turned on the Wellington defence and fired at goal. Italiano palmed the ball away but only into the path of Sotirio, his return shot was weakly handled by the keeper who was perhaps slightly tricked by the curve of the shot and the ball trickled into the far corner.

    The win puts the Wanderers back into the top 6, three points clear of the 7th placed Roar with upcoming games against the top 2 of Newcastle then Sydney FC being likely arbiters of the potential impact Josep Gombau's side can have in the final series.

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    Scored from a corner 2 weeks on the trot. Wake me up, I’m dreaming!

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    No cards as well??

    The next two weeks may bring us down to earth - but to put someone to the sword, hardly any back passes to Vedran and a full 90+ mins - wow

    Oriel, Carrusca, Loriente, Ikonomidis and a good cameo from Santa among the best but there werent any real passengers...

     

    could be a struggle for the Gumby/ Oriel fall out stories to prosper this week?

     

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    5 minutes ago, Horus said:

    No cards as well??

     

     

    I actually thought the referee was excellent tonight.

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    Rieras aerial ability is on another level. Just wow. 

    How he manages to get that much power and direction whilst jumping away from the ball is something else. 

     

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    His defensive work on set pieces is also remarkable. He must be well into double figures for clearing headers. His work ethic is impressive 

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    So apparently our lack of fitness has been fixed  . 

    Might be something to do with having a proper number 10 and a fast skilful goal scoring winger .?

     

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    As impressed as I was overall, we couldn’t hit a barn door. There was a period in the first half that felt like Wellington didn’t cross halfway for about 15 mins and we were just taking turns having shots. The ball boy must’ve been spent 

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    7 hours ago, TheSweeper said:

    So apparently our lack of fitness has been fixed  . 

    Might be something to do with having a proper number 10 and a fast skilful goal scoring winger .?

     

    no. has everything to do with the Nix. They were flat and barely even tested us, unlike literally every other team in the league who would have had us on the ropes by the 80th minute.

    we were lucky we played the Nix, and they were lucky they were playing us.

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    7 hours ago, TheSweeper said:

    So apparently our lack of fitness has been fixed  . 

    Might be something to do with having a proper number 10 and a fast skilful goal scoring winger .?

     

    It helps when we actually make the right substitutes in taking off our most under done / players most likely to run themselves into the ground by the 70th minute in Bridge and Lustica. 

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    You can only beat who is in front of you, played last 2 games against the 2 poorest in the league we got 6 points and 6 goals. Job done 

    Ikonomidis is a breath of fresh air, exactly what we needed some enthusiasm and positive play and carussca in the side has allowed roly to play a bit deeper and he seems thriving after an indifferent start to his wsw career 

    reira continues to be outstanding and good to see him play 90 mins 

    concur with DD good subs last night 

    next two games vs top 2 if we can avoid losses in next 2 games It would be promising if we can snag 4 points would be confidence building win both and then FCB might be wearing a gombau t-shirt

    looking forward to next 2 games immensely  

    Edited by GunnerWanderer

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    54 minutes ago, theguyyouwishyouwere said:

    no. has everything to do with the Nix. They were flat and barely even tested us, unlike literally every other team in the league who would have had us on the ropes by the 80th minute.

    we were lucky we played the Nix, and they were lucky they were playing us.

    But what if Nix had scored a goal while we were leading 2-0. At 2-1 they would have grown an extra leg, and we would have been the ones back-pedalling. The third goal deflated them, which then allowed us more freedom and we scored another.

    There is a lot of psychology to it. Our problem has always been not being able to put the foot on the throat when we go ahead. So teams feel like they are always in the game against us. Last night we didn’t give Nix a chance to get a sniff. So they gave up early. But they only gave up because of how we were playing.

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    That would have to be the best 90 min performance from us for a long while.

    The addition of Carusca and Ikonomedis has made a massive difference. Ikonomidis is a vast improvement when compared to Jumpei. To be fair to Jumpei he always put in but it was his lack of finishing skills that let him down. 

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    Having somebody with pace (who can actually pass and shoot) makes a huge difference. Ikonomidis killed them which opened the game up for others. Carrusca is a joy to watch such a smart player. I though the king had a good game too, the back heel to Ikonomidis for the third goal was class. 

    Once again if we get crosses into Reira he will score, great ball from Risdon and an excellent header. 

    Roly looks so much better playing deep

    Thwaite and the Chipping Norton Beckenbauer did ok, although Thwaites “passing” is shocking at times

    Next week will be the test Newcastle won’t give us that much time and space. 

    Interesting to see how we play them, last game Jets put three up front when we had the ball and pressured our backline into error, while we continued and failed to play out. 

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    30 minutes ago, WestSyd said:

    But what if Nix had scored a goal while we were leading 2-0. At 2-1 they would have grown an extra leg, and we would have been the ones back-pedalling. The third goal deflated them, which then allowed us more freedom and we scored another.

    There is a lot of psychology to it. Our problem has always been not being able to put the foot on the throat when we go ahead. So teams feel like they are always in the game against us. Last night we didn’t give Nix a chance to get a sniff. So they gave up early. But they only gave up because of how we were playing.

    so if the nix were better - they would have been better?

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    9 minutes ago, sonar said:

    That would have to be the best 90 min performance from us for a long while.

    The addition of Carusca and Ikonomedis has made a massive difference. Ikonomidis is a vast improvement when compared to Jumpei. To be fair to Jumpei he always put in but it was his lack of finishing skills that let him down. 

    And his inability to pass the ball to a player in the same colour shirt 

    The front four were excellent last night

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    That 3rd goal is not typical WSW of the later workman like Popa years.

    It had dare i say it a bit of flare and guile that has not been our trademark. More of this please.

    Jets will be a far greater challenge but we set a standard yesterday regardless of who it was.

    The pessimist in me think we have set ourselves up for another big fall against the Jets and ESFC. I want to think we have turned a corner.

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    4 minutes ago, StringerBellend said:

    Do I dare ask? Do we finally have a winger with pace who can finish? 

    Maybe. We will know by the end of the season if Iko is the one.

    If he plays consistently like he did last night. Yes.

    He has impressed my wife and I, quality passing and aggression on the ball.

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    Just now, thefairy said:

    Maybe. We will know by the end of the season if Iko is the one.

    If he plays consistently like he did last night. Yes.

    He has impressed my wife and I, quality passing and aggression on the ball.

    Yes we do. For now. But he is still a Lazio player and I can't see him staying in the HAL unfortunately. He is looking for game time and possibly impressing Bert.

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    Okay guys I'd didn't do my match analysis so ikonemedis and carrusca absolute class literally farkin brilliant I like ikonemedis style taken the defender one on one he gave the nix hell on the right flank also carrusca dominating midfield along bonevacia who has for the last two games has played a lot better in that holding midfield role dominated midfield whole time also defence were solid at time nix got space to attack but it came to nothing because we defended really well also Riera farkin brilliant such a great passionate bloke who played very well but overall we should have had at least 5 or 6 goals but that's how it goes and by the way if anyone wanted to know about how my celebrations went on last night yeah you could say I accidentally went on his driveway and did a long skid with me mk4 golf gti but anyway nice win Newcastle will be the game that proves whether we are contenders to play against the top two but I reckon we can beat them if we take our chances and just work harder second half and keep tight on petratos 

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    1 minute ago, WSWBoro said:

    That 3rd goal is not typical WSW of the later workman like Popa years.

    It had dare i say it a bit of flare and guile that has not been our trademark. More of this please.

    Jets will be a far greater challenge but we set a standard yesterday regardless of who it was.

    The pessimist in me think we have set ourselves up for another big fall against the Jets and ESFC. I want to think we have turned a corner.

    Last night our defense was barely tested. Next opponent will be difficult to beat because I don't feel confident with thwaite and hamill.

    We leak goals. Time for Gombau to find Corns replacement.

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    1 minute ago, beatsurrender said:

    Yes we do. For now. But he is still a Lazio player and I can't see him staying in the HAL unfortunately. He is looking for game time and possibly impressing Bert.

    Time for Lederer and his crew to open up the war chest and try to keep him for another year with us.

    With low crowds, VAR debacle, FFA ruining football in OZ. It's time for meat merchants to step up and deliver what they have promised, to be a top football club in Australia.

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    Good to get the win - considering the poor scheduling - nice reward for those who turned up

    Will need to put in more effort against the Jets and Smurfs

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    Before round 1 we expected Cornthwaite/Aspro CB pairing.

    Now in Round 20 we have the backups Thwaite/Hamill pairing with not backups. This is a worrying.

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    48 minutes ago, theguyyouwishyouwere said:

    so if the nix were better - they would have been better?

    They would have been better if we let them back in the game.

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    So guys was on Twitter and some meathead on Twitter decided to comment on our win saying hey there were more people at parra eels fan day then your game today how funny well it's funny that your sport is going to die in next few years hahahaha how funny people can be :rofl:

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    2 hours ago, GunnerWanderer said:

    You can only beat who is in front of you, played last 2 games against the 2 poorest in the league we got 6 points and 6 goals. Job done 

    Ikonomidis is a breath of fresh air, exactly what we needed some enthusiasm and positive play and carussca in the side has allowed roly to play a bit deeper and he seems thriving after an indifferent start to his wsw career 

    reira continues to be outstanding and good to see him play 90 mins 

    concur with DD good subs last night 

    next two games vs top 2 if we can avoid losses in next 2 games It would be promising if we can snag 4 points would be confidence building win both and then FCB might be wearing a gombau t-shirt

    looking forward to next 2 games immensely  

    Gombau sending us into a three month pre-season during the season does not warrant making cartwheels, let alone Gombau t-shirts. We are again able to beat bottom of the table teams. Job done indeed. The real tests come in the next two games, and the final four games against the competition for 3rd spot.

    Captain Hamill in the pre-game interview:

    "The boys did well [in Gosford]. I think the biggest thing was our mentality and attitude towards the game. We need to continue that for the rest of the season, it's a non-negotiable for us. It's vital that we go out to every game with the same mentality as we did against the Central Coast. I think the boys have really come together this week. We worked extra hard and we know how important these last run of games are to get some good form and get the three points. We take it game-by-game but we know what's at stake. We want to push up the table as much as we can. We've got the game in hand and can go three points closer to fifth place and that's our goal. We played Wellington a few weeks ago, no games easy in this league and any team can win. We will have to show up on the day, roll our sleeves up and put in a good performance."

    That's the kind of language you'd expect from the coach, but it's not going to happen. Instead, the war cry comes from within the squad, and thank goodness for that.  

     

    44 minutes ago, Erebus said:

    Before round 1 we expected Cornthwaite/Aspro CB pairing.

    Now in Round 20 we have the backups Thwaite/Hamill pairing with not backups. This is a worrying.

    We are one injury/red card away from our season unraveling. Thwaite and (I can't believe I am writing this) right now seem irreplaceable.

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