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The Western Sydney Wanderers improved to complete a professional 2-0 win against the Central Coast Marinres tonight.

Both sides began the game with a desire to attack, Michael McGlinchey could have opened the scoring within minutes, but after a good near post run he hit a shot straight at Vedran Janjetovic. Jaushua Sotirio broke down the right flank for the Wanderers, but stuck in two minds, he put a cross in front of an offside Riera instead of taking a shot at goal.

After half an hour Riera had a free header after getting onto the end of a free kick, but he touched it over the crossbar. The typically poor refereeing standards continued to hurt the Wanderers, as Matt Simon decided to stamp on the foot of Keanu Baccus off the ball, but apparently no action was taken, nor did the VAR intervene like it should have. 5 minutes before half-time Riera had another free header, this time after Josh Risdon hung the ball on the 6 yard box, but the finish was a repeat of the earlier ball over the bar.

Deep into the two minutes of stoppage time the Wanderers finally put the ball in the back of the net. After winning a late corner, the Mariners couldn't clear the danger and it was worked around the edge of the area until it reached Keanu Baccus. He lined up a strike and blasted the ball through a sea of bodies and left Ben Kennedy flailing at thin air.

Jack Clisby nearly made his introduction to the game for the Mariners after an hour a scoring one. After stepping onto the pitch, he took a free kick a long way out and nearly embarrassed Janjetovic by shooting at the near post, the ball almost bouncing over the hands of the keeper.

Bruce Kamau set the stage for the Wanderers to double their lead, Riera & Baumjohann combined on the edge of the penalty area, before Riera fed Kamau the ball to shoot from long distance. Ben Kennedy made a hash of the shot, spilling it to his right. Jaushua Sotirio pounced on the rebound for a simple tap-in.

The Mariners huffed and puffed but they had little penetration up front, and the Wanderers ran out as comfortable 2-0 winners. It elevates the Wanderers into the top 6 pending other results on the weekend, and sets them up for a Sydney Derby game next week.


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Zeigler made a difference at the back. We seemed more organised. Baumjohann was brilliant as ever.

Hopefully some confidence gained for the derby next week.

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Who knows what next week will bring.  In the meantime, savouring a win 

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Alright so we know can beat teams below us, the trick is to get to the top of the ladder so they're all below us = problem solved.

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"nor did the VAR intervene like it would have", if it had been against any other a league team.

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Sorry to be a party pooper but I may have to hold my excitement until we see what happens next week.

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1 minute ago, hawks2767 said:

Ok serious reply now, Ziegler had an immediate impact this is a good sign.

So next week maybe Roly starts against the smurfs.

Daunting games coming that we need all players available to get results.

Smurfs, Adelaide,  Heartle$$, Melb Vic

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2 minutes ago, hawks2767 said:

Ok serious reply now, Ziegler had an immediate impact this is a good sign.

Looks like the solid CB we have been crying out for, will be an Aussie soon as well also...

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1 minute ago, HillsPanther said:

Sorry to be a party pooper but I may have to hold my excitement until we see what happens next week.

You could apply that to our club every game for the last two seasons......lol

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2 minutes ago, Paul01 said:

So next week maybe Roly starts against the smurfs.

Daunting games coming that we need all players available to get results.

Smurfs, Adelaide,  Heartle$$, Melb Vic

Core backbone of our team is Risdon, Zeigler, Baumjohann, Roly, Reira (if he can sort his mojo out) we need all of these on song and firing than we will be so much better.

Edited by Smoggy

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Just now, dcrow said:

Baby Baccus now has one on his brother, he's scored a goal.

He has two...a better ******* attitude..and scored a goal...

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The defense was still a bit shaky, Elrich was outrun a number of times but a still abig improvement ....as others said Zeigler made a massive difference. 

The forwads need to shoot a bit more , they need to be told over and over again that they don't need to have 5 passes in the box before someone shoots. Both goals came from shots outside the area.

All in all a big confidence boost for next week.

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Thought it was still a very scrappy game and performance. Risdon seemed to spend most of the game in his usual WSW form with a few moments of his Roos form. If CCM were a better team we would've been punished more than once.

As they say, you can only beat what is in front of you, and there were a few positive signs, but I don't think we'd beat many more than CCM or Nux based on that performance.

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Well, the first time we can say none of our team have lost (so far)

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Baccus (so happy I don’t have to clarify which one any more) needs a solid senior play next to him. Watching him this evening, it’s clear he’s competent footballer but he’s asked to run a very large part of the park himself. Ziggy begins him helped but he needs to have less of the workload so he’s able to move into space a bit.

Better signs this evening but just as with WPX, CCM is not a yard stick.

Hopefully the guys take this momentum into next weekend

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If Riera took even half of his very good chances, our season so far would be a different story. I understand he is the best striker we have had etc etc... but he is horribly out of form and has been all year. I've always been a fan of his but as a marquee, how long can you patiently wait for him to try and find some form?? 

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37 minutes ago, octa9ona11 said:

If Riera took even half of his very good chances, our season so far would be a different story. I understand he is the best striker we have had etc etc... but he is horribly out of form and has been all year. I've always been a fan of his but as a marquee, how long can you patiently wait for him to try and find some form?? 

As long as we gave Kresinger?

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56 minutes ago, Wanderboy said:

As long as we gave Kresinger?

to be fair completely different situations though, Dino helped create a lot of goals while Riera really isnt as much, also we didnt need to rely on Dino to score cause we had other threats while we dont really have many goal scoring threats

that said on the match, decent but nothing to write home about

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6 hours ago, dcrow said:

I think it gave the team a mental edge.

It was an awesome jacket top..salmon pink i would say..wonder where he got it. I think he needs to keep wearing it as his lucky one...

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7 hours ago, HillsPanther said:

Sorry to be a party pooper but I may have to hold my excitement until we see what happens next week.

We all know what is going to happen next week...

Regulation 3-0 defeat and a VAR **** up...but hopefully we see another awesome Babbel outfit.

Edited by Smoggy

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Just saw this in a tweet from the Football Sack

Quote of the night:
"Baumjohann with the PASS OF THE SEASON... and Sotirio makes it all go up in smoke"

#RolyIn

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