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The Western Sydney Wanderers rebooted their 2019/20 A-League Campaign in Gosford tonight, with a 1-1 come from behind draw secured with a late Simon Cox equaliser.

On a freezing cold, rain swept night the Wanderers began the first of their remaining five regular season games hoping for a good win to give them momentum for a finals charge. The Wanderers handed a debut to Tristan Prendergast with Vedran Janjetovic still injured and Daniel Lopar staying back in Europe. Western Sydney started on the front foot, with a dominant first ten minutes topped by breaking through on the right flank with Nicolai Muller feeding a through-ball for Tate Russell who lashed a fierce drive tipped over the bar for a corner.

The Mariners best chance early on came from the boot of Milan Duric who picked up the ball just outside the penalty are and blasted a shot at goal that had Prendergast beaten but not the crossbar, going out for a corner via a deflection. Josh Nisbet smashed a knocked down that sliced off the boot into the sauce bottles behind the Wanderers goal.

The wet conditions saw the players throwing themselves into tackles, a 35th minute flashpoint saw Mitch Duke yellow carded after catching a Mariner with a trailing leg. Moments before half-time Mo Adam rocked the crossbar after a Duke cut-back found the young striker.

The Mariners were on top early in the second half and nearly opened the scoring after just 3 minutes. Sam Silvera had a shot blocked off and flew straight to the feet of Matt Simon and his right foot strike was cleared off the like by Patrick Ziegler. The home side then took the lead on the hour mark, as Tommy Oar found an offside Matt Simon in a mile of space inside the box, he nodded it into the middle for a Duric tap-in. With no VAR in play it was left up to the blind A-League officials and they unsurprisingly made the wrong call.

Western Sydney were completely out of the game for most of the half, with a lack of creativity and a failure to build up from the back. Daniel Georgievski was pushed further up the pitch and had a long range effort that flew just wide. Prendergast was nearly embarrased by Daniel Da Silva 5 minutes from full time as he crept up the pitch and was nearly lobbed from half-way.

Substitute finally made the Wanderers pressure pay on the scoreboard, as the Mariners couldn't clear their lines, Duke found the ball at his feet on the left flank and chipped into the middle for the run of Cox and the English forward headed it past Mark Birighitti to make it 1-1. The Wanderers pushed for a winner but none came, the 1-1 draw doing next to nothing for the Wanderers hopes of playing finals football.

The Wanderers next game is against Wellington Phoenix on Friday July 31st at Parramatta.


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The result I was expecting but figured we would have had a bit more fight. Going to need to lift massively for our other games

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Oh well can't say i'm exited to watch us at Bankwest this Friday. We looked 2nd best against bottom. Embarrassing. An unfit Cox saved us.

Would be pleasantly surprised if we played well and beat the Nix.

Start Tass he is the best defender at the club.

Prendergast was decent I thought.

Need to play more midfielders because we get overrun every time. 

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JP Masterclass coming up. We did an Arsenal and purposely played bad to make the next few teams play rotated squads trust me. Then we thump them lol.

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10 minutes ago, THEWANDERERSPOST said:

JP Masterclass coming up. We did an Arsenal and purposely played bad to make the next few teams play rotated squads trust me. Then we thump them lol.

Just say no to drugs.

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Usually I regret working late when I’m at home and it’s simply because I lose track of time. Not tonight, though. 
 

Those who watched the game, were there any signs that we might pull off a win against the Nux? The reports of a late burst from the Wanderers is about the only thing that gives me hope, but knowing our luck Wellington will probably fix their end of game attitude by Friday.

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5 minutes ago, Generator said:

Usually I regret working late when I’m at home and it’s simply because I lose track of time. Not tonight, though. 
 

Those who watched the game, were there any signs that we might pull off a win against the Nux? The reports of a late burst from the Wanderers is about the only thing that gives me hope, but knowing our luck Wellington will probably fix their end of game attitude by Friday.

We looked better when schweggler and Cox came on, totally clueless until then 

that’s my bit of positivity 

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6 minutes ago, Generator said:

Usually I regret working late when I’m at home and it’s simply because I lose track of time. Not tonight, though. 
 

Those who watched the game, were there any signs that we might pull off a win against the Nux? The reports of a late burst from the Wanderers is about the only thing that gives me hope, but knowing our luck Wellington will probably fix their end of game attitude by Friday.

The only bright spot was Cox and his finish..and the fact that he looks like he has had an awesome hotel quarantine period working his way through the entire hotel room service menu......every day....

We are not making the finals.

Edited by Smoggy

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Different Story with our best starting eleven 

Keeper was solid

Duke was off his game

Baccus was of his game 

2 wing backs ok especially Russel

we should expect better on Friday night  

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8 minutes ago, Keithie said:

Different Story with our best starting eleven 

Keeper was solid

Duke was off his game

Baccus was of his game 

2 wing backs ok especially Russel

we should expect better on Friday night  

Russel was great 

Georgievski was poor, constantly lost the ball 

Tactically we were poor sat way too deep 

Edited by StringerBellend

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1 hour ago, VedranRozic said:

Just say no to drugs.

Just say no to constant negativity about the team lol.

Edited by THEWANDERERSPOST

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55 minutes ago, Smoggy said:

The only bright spot was Cox and his finish.

Schwegler also looked ok when he came on.

The guy is all class. I actually feel sorry for him considering he came all the way back here to fulfill his duties to the team and the club and his contract, yet he firstly  has to watch the dross from the bench and then, when he comes on, play with the Under 13/4's standard we put up tonight. 

He will always go down as one of our import legends in my eyes. Good player. Great guy. 

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1 hour ago, Generator said:

Those who watched the game, were there any signs that we might pull off a win against the Nux?

Zero. We were playing the worst team in the league and we had about 15 minutes where we were the better side, about 30 where we were the 2nd best and the rest was a melange of godawful play on both sides.

We looked clueless in defence, we're relying on two fullbacks for our main attacks and when we aren't relying on them the midfield & strikers are all over the place. There's no cohesion, nothing that resembles a plan of attack.

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9 minutes ago, mack said:

Zero. We were playing the worst team in the league and we had about 15 minutes where we were the better side, about 30 where we were the 2nd best and the rest was a melange of godawful play on both sides.

We looked clueless in defence, we're relying on two fullbacks for our main attacks and when we aren't relying on them the midfield & strikers are all over the place. There's no cohesion, nothing that resembles a plan of attack.

Ain't it great to be back!

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8 hours ago, Carns said:

Ain't it great to be back!

Did people forgot how shyte we are lol who was it that predicted we would win every game after restart? :D someone here said that.

Last night was just a continuation of the crap served up this season.

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14 minutes ago, Smoggy said:

Did people forgot how shyte we are lol who was it that predicted we would win every game after restart? :D someone here said that.

Last night was just a continuation of the crap served up this season.

its good to be back ...as what appears to be the same mediocre team we were before... (except when we play the smurfs of course !!!!)

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52 minutes ago, Smoggy said:

Did people forgot how shyte we are lol who was it that predicted we would win every game after restart? :D someone here said that.

Last night was just a continuation of the crap served up this season.

I've maintained we're shite the whole way through, and I don't see anything changing next year either. Good thing I'm an Everton and Parra fan, has put me in good stead for embracing mediocrity.

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it was a meh game... I almost fell asleep at halftime

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Loved Russel's performance he really looks the part, but I got frustrated that he would get in good positions and he only has 1 person to cross it to or sometimes none and forced back. Limited options when he was great positions and crosses not attacked by anyone. We just looked flat after 15 minutes, I think the finals run is out of our reach we really needed the win here to build confidence and form but it seems gone this season especially the way we finished this opening game. Expecting rotations as well with short turn arounds

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1 hour ago, Carns said:

I've maintained we're shite the whole way through, and I don't see anything changing next year either. Good thing I'm an Everton and Parra fan, has put me in good stead for embracing mediocrity.

Most of us would agree.....although I think for some the drugs kick in and they tend to get a bit delusional and think our team can play....lol  :D

 

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I thought we started OK, with purpose and some good attacking options down the right flank, but then we wilted (basically as soon as we had to defend with the wing back system), gave the ball back ridiculously frequently and only improved marginally very late in the game. TBH we looked like a team in pre-season, which is unsurprising given the last few months, yet other teams seem to have gelled again from the get-go so ???

We also have a habit of playing down to an opposition's level, so hoping that the combination of first game back, filthy wet pitch and some formation glitches can be overcome before Friday night......

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No ability to attack, only came from crosses. Anything down the middle they had no idea. Even most of our counter attacks just spread out wide, but mostly seemed to just slow right down because they were waiting on everyone to catch up. Killed a significant chunk of our attacks. Was just crosses into the box when they outnumbered our attackers. Hoping for someone to get on the end. 

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8 minutes ago, Westiesarebesties said:

....... Hoping for someone to get on the end. 

Cox stood tall at the end.........:P

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1 hour ago, sonar said:

Cox stood tall at the end.........:P

He would know how to finish  :cheeky:

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We looked like we looked before the break. One dimensional (or just lucky) in attack. We still lack creativity in midfield because we let one of our creative midfielders go (and yes I know he was a ‘c***’ but wouldn’t it be handy if abj were still around today) and his replacement got injured (begging the question why we did not recruit a couple of creative players rather than 457 wingers).

The club has also given the main Coaching gig to a guy who is a clueless career assistant-coach at best.

I wish things were different. I really do. That’s not negativity, that’s just the reality.

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Baumjohann had a year to prove himself. Even at SFC the best team in the league he's not having a massive impact and I imagine he's going to get released at the end of the season.

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8 hours ago, Carns said:

I've maintained we're shite the whole way through, and I don't see anything changing next year either. Good thing I'm an Everton and Parra fan, has put me in good stead for embracing mediocrity.

In Carlo we trust 

 

Carlo Magnifico.. Carlo Fantastico...

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3 hours ago, Sithslayer1991 said:

He would know how to finish  :cheeky:

He left his finishing to late in the night too.. which is good

am I right ladies?

 

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