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Any word from the club regarding spectators?

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1 hour ago, WHACKO said:

Any word from the club regarding spectators?

“We are excited to be returning to Bankwest Stadium on Wednesday 22 July and hope in the next two weeks we have some further clarification on allowing fans into stadium to support the team for our push to the finals,” said Tsatsimas.

“Our members and fans are fundamental to us as a club and we are working hard behind the scenes to find ways to give them access to the game in the safest environment possible.

“The past months have been a testing time for all in our community and we hope that the return of football can be a small relief from the difficulties many are facing during this pandemic.”

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4 hours ago, Davo said:

Lopar is a big loss but otherwise we seem to have kept the squad together. So many other teams are falling apart with foreign players and managers leaving so we have a better chance than before lockdown. The teams directly ahead of us on the table have lost their manager, lost their visa players, feel like one bust up from a complete implosion (looking at you Western United) or will spend the rest of the season playing away from their families in another country. If we can get into the top 6 then anything can happen. We can beat City and seem to have the smurfs figured out this season.

We should be able to beat Vuck and Mariners. Thats 6 points in the first 2 games. Then we play Wellington who we could get a result against, remember that we lost to them because of a cheap handball and a few fluky goals. Perth are also very beatable as we saw in FFA Cup, plus they have lost their best CB (maybe even best in the league), Wuithrich, and we lost to a cheap pass-back and non given Yeboah goal of his shoulder. WU are also very beatable, we should have beaten them in our poor slump, but Babbel didn't use subs and we conceded a header late because everyone was gassed. 

We are a whole new team now and I think we can hold our own. Since JP has come in we have lost 1 game, in and against Brisbane, where I have been told by one of the players that it was so bad no one could run in the humidity. They have shown they can grind out results and have the grit to pull off big upsets. I've got a lot of confidence we can finish the season strongly in-front of our fans and we can charge into the finals as a dark horse. COYW

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LOL I didn't get the email, luisenrique had to forward it to me.  Seems that the layoff hasn't helped the administration of membership accounts. haha

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33 minutes ago, btron3000 said:

LOL I didn't get the email, luisenrique had to forward it to me.  Seems that the layoff hasn't helped the administration of membership accounts. haha

there was an email...

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We're missing Lopar. Even if we win a few, we'll be bundled out of the comp early in the finals. These 5 or so games is a test for JP and any of the players that might hang around with a dramatically reduced salary cap next season.

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10 minutes ago, Carns said:

We're missing Lopar. Even if we win a few, we'll be bundled out of the comp early in the finals. These 5 or so games is a test for JP and any of the players that might hang around with a dramatically reduced salary cap next season.

I feel like everyone is acting as if whoever is going to be in net for the rest of the season is going to concede with every shot. Yes he was good, but Lopar was sometimes his own worst enemy. He doesn't catch the ball and decides to parry most shots, leading to a few goals (see Sydney fc most recent derby). He also fails to save some really easy shots (see Perth Glory 1-0). Our defence started to tighten up before COVID and we shouldn't have to rely on a goalkeeper to win us a game.

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3 minutes ago, THEWANDERERSPOST said:

I feel like everyone is acting as if whoever is going to be in net for the rest of the season is going to concede with every shot. Yes he was good, but Lopar was sometimes his own worst enemy. He doesn't catch the ball and decides to parry most shots, leading to a few goals (see Sydney fc most recent derby). He also fails to save some really easy shots (see Perth Glory 1-0). Our defence started to tighten up before COVID and we shouldn't have to rely on a goalkeeper to win us a game.

He also saved our arse numerous times from defenders who were ball watching, made terrible decisions or simply gave up. How many teams have ever won the comp or gone deep into finals with an NPL keeper (and one who hasn't played competitive games with his backline)?

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9 minutes ago, Carns said:

He also saved our arse numerous times from defenders who were ball watching, made terrible decisions or simply gave up. How many teams have ever won the comp or gone deep into finals with an NPL keeper (and one who hasn't played competitive games with his backline)?

The 'worst' keeper to play in an A-League grand final would arguably be Daniel Beltrame in 2006/07 where he only played the last quarter of the season. The weird format for in those earlier years meant he played 4 games in the finals and went Draw, Loss, Win (on Pens after a drawn 120 minutes) then lost 6-0 in the final.

Redmayne had also been terrible at WSW, but was in goal for our GF vs Adelaide. Neither those keepers cost them their GF's, Adelaide were killed by Ross Aloisi getting sent off at 2-0 down before ending 6-0 Victory and WSW were just poor defensively and our attacking structure was dull up front despite making the GF.

In 17/18 Glen Moss missed the 2nd half of the season via injury, returned in the semi-final before getting hurt after an hour. Played (and lost) in the GF vs Melbourne. Which was a VAR fault not a keeper error.

In the end it's unlikely our keeper will be what gets us to the finals. It'll be how good our attack is vs how bad the defence is.

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3 minutes ago, mack said:

In the end it's unlikely our keeper will be what gets us to the finals. It'll be how good our attack is vs how bad the defence is.

This.......^^^^^^

 

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38 minutes ago, Carns said:

He also saved our arse numerous times from defenders who were ball watching, made terrible decisions or simply gave up. How many teams have ever won the comp or gone deep into finals with an NPL keeper (and one who hasn't played competitive games with his backline)?

So we are just gonna base everything off past seasons? While I understand Lopar has saved us many times this season (and the defence hasn't helped), the defence was starting to tighten up and look like it gave a sh*t. Your argument about who has won the A-League with an NPL keeper is funny considering we won the ACL with multiple players who were definitely NPL level.

It is a team of 11 players to win games, not one goalkeeper. We act like whoever is now in net will let every shot in lol.

Give e'm a chance for gods sake. I know its hard to trust the players and the club after years of hurt but we have a shot at going well if we can make it to the finals. Try and be glass half full and look at the bright side instead of looking at the situation negatively all the time.

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6 minutes ago, THEWANDERERSPOST said:

Your argument about who has won the A-League with an NPL keeper is funny considering we won the ACL with multiple players who were definitely NPL level.

It is a team of 11 players to win games, not one goalkeeper. We act like however is now in net will let every shot in lol.

Give e'm a chance for gods sake. I know its hard to trust the players and the club after years of hurt but we have a shot at going well if we can make it to the finals. Try and be glass half full and look at the bright side instead of looking at the situation negatively all the time.

Covic was a fringe Socceroo and literally made an almost impossible save to keep us in it (plus a lot of help from the ref). If Pendergrast or Suman find their inner Covic, great!

I prefer to be a realist/pessimist, then I'm happily proven wrong if they do better than expected. I do not believe we have anywhere near the quality to win anything this season, and are there to make up the numbers. We've been a decidedly average team most of the season. Yes, JP gave us a bump, from a very low average. And I would like to see him exceed (low) expectations. But I do not expect us to do much of note.

But, it is arguable that everyone is starting fresh considering the length of the lay off, and anything could happen.

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12 minutes ago, Carns said:

Covic was a fringe Socceroo and literally made an almost impossible save to keep us in it (plus a lot of help from the ref). If Pendergrast or Suman find their inner Covic, great!

I prefer to be a realist/pessimist, then I'm happily proven wrong if they do better than expected. I do not believe we have anywhere near the quality to win anything this season, and are there to make up the numbers. We've been a decidedly average team most of the season. Yes, JP gave us a bump, from a very low average. And I would like to see him exceed (low) expectations. But I do not expect us to do much of note.

But, it is arguable that everyone is starting fresh considering the length of the lay off, and anything could happen.

Never said Covic was NPL level lol. If you read what I said it says "multiple players" were NPL level. We also had to win multiple games to get to that final with NPL level players.

I agree our team has been average this season, but from what I saw since JP has come in, we have the ingredients to do well should we pick up where we left off.

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31 minutes ago, THEWANDERERSPOST said:

Never said Covic was NPL level lol. If you read what I said it says "multiple players" were NPL level. We also had to win multiple games to get to that final with NPL level players.

I know that dude. We were discussing keepers and when you mentioned ACL I couldn't help but bring up arguably our best ever keeper. Another massive factor for that glorious run was Popa at his peak. He literally turned a bunch of rejects into Premiers and than Champions of Asia (with different squads too). I just don't see JP being on the same level as Popa was then. But he's done alright for himself so far.

That's why I'm happy to see what comes in the next few weeks and decide whether he deserves another shot with "his team". Hell, he might already have the job due to Covid and budget constraints due to reduced cap/revenue etc.

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Yeah i would say he has the job wrapped up due to the situation ATM plus keeping us in the running for the finals as that could have easily slipped away from us. I would give him the next season to prove himself seeing we will have a shorter turn around this off season as well

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Interesting, just read that teams will be allowed five subs for the rest of the season to make things a little easier maybe allow the younger guys to get a run in too

 

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