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The Wanderers took on Newcastle Jets looking to head back to the top of the A-League ladder, but could only climb to 2nd following a 1-1 where Roy O'Donovan's late penalty rubbed out a first half goal from bernie Ibini.

The match started with a back and forth between the two sides, young gun Valentino Yuel smashed a shot into the crossbar then in the 11th minute Graham Dorrans flashed a long range effort just wide. 15 minutes in the Wanderers should have won a penalty. After some scrambling in the box, Troisi got onto a bouncing ball, tapped it past his marker and then was taken out by a blatant trip from a Newcastle player. The referee completely ignored it, and then the VAR decided it somehow wasn't a foul. It was more of a penalty than the Ninkovic dive into Troisi in the recent Derby, but unsurprisingly, with the Sydney team in Red & Black this time it wasn't given.

Half an hour into the game and the Wanderers had to make their first sub with Nicolai Muller coming off with an apparent leg injury and it lead to the Wanderers opening the scoring. He was replaced by Simon Cox who was forced onto the bench for the first time this season. He made an instant impact, weaving through the tackles of three Jets players before shooting. It rolled along the turf, bounced off the post, Ibini followed in the shot like a good striker does, he beat Johnny Koutroumbis and finished neatly in the bottom corner with the keeper still on the ground.

In the last seconds of the half the Jets should have equalised, with a corner taken going well over Daniel Margush who completed misjudged the flight of the ball, it fell to Nigel Boogaard and he fluffed a tap-in, sending the sides into the sheds at 1-0 to the home side.

Yuel had an early shot in the 2nd half, turning Tass Mourdoukoutas and launching the ball well over the bar as it kept rising. The resulting goalkick was played poorly by the home side and they gave up a corner and were subsequently pressured by the Jets for 5 minutes. The Wanderers regained their composure and control of the ball, in the 69th minute Simon Cox had a glorious chance to slide through a team-mate for a tap-in, but he butchered the 3 on 1 opportunity when he delayed too long, went too wide and only managed to get his attempted cut back blocked by former Wanderers Nikolai Topor-Stanley.

Yuel once again started a Newcastle attack, streaming down the right hand flank and beating Keanu Baccus, delivering the ball to Roy O'Donovan with an angled pass, the striker thought he had a clean sight on goal only for Ziggy Gordon to fly in from his left with a sliding block. With the Jets looking strong as the last 10 came up, Carl Robinson used the new substation laws to his benefit, bringing on a triple sub of Patrick Ziegler, Bruce Kamau and Jordan O'Doherty.

Ziegler's first act was to give away a penalty. The absolute lightest of contact on a Jets player who was back to goal was sent to the spot by referee Ben Abraham and upheld by VAR. It put into sharp contrast the non-call in the first half on Troisi who was clearly tripped by the Newcastle player. O'Donovan stepped up and blasted the ball into the back of the net to make it 1-1.

In the 97th minute the Jets had one final chance, Koutroumbis found an inswinging corner with a boot flick but it flashed wide of the far post. The 1-1 result would be hard to swallow for the Wanderers, as they had enough chances to put the game away and copped a dodgy equaliser from a player going down like a sack of potatoes from a feather touch and getting rewarded where Troisi got nothing. Ziegler & Yeboah were poor off the bench and Ziegler's foul cost his side all three points. Carl Robinson in his post-match interview called for consistency from the officials, with the officials telling him one thing for our non-penalty, then going the exact opposite way for the call that cost us the points. But his side failed to take their chances on multiple occasions to put the game to bed.

The point for the Wanderers moves them into outright second place behind the Mariners and in front of Adelaide & Macarthur, who they face in a Western Sydney Derby on Saturday the 6th of February in Campbelltown.


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i can take a chill pill now and walk away and say Newcastle deserved a point, ................might totally change my mind by tomorrow morning or not, Ziggy ace,  Dorrans getting better, i'll keep my powder dry on Ziegler, did he make contact or not? 

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2 points dropped

We made several chances but could not finish them off. Could have given us a buffer when the penalty was given.

We had 10 days off but looked very lethargic.

Muller's injury will cost us against MacArthur and Melbourne City.

Back to the negative camp I go <_<

 

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11 minutes ago, MathyouWSW said:

Poor second half.

Terrible substitutions made my Robinson. I'm not sure if he made those decisions to rest some of our players. 

I hope this is the last game that Ziegler ever plays for the club and he gets a silent treatment.

It felt like watching an exhibition game where the manager decides to give the fringe players a turn all at once.

Even if it was to rest players, why are they being rested after a 10 day turnaround?!

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21 minutes ago, pseudonym said:

2 points dropped

We made several chances but could not finish them off. Could have given us a buffer when the penalty was given.

We had 10 days off but looked very lethargic.

Muller's injury will cost us against MacArthur and Melbourne City.

Back to the negative camp I go <_<

 

Have they said anything about Muller's injury?

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Tass got taken off because he had an injury concern and Robinson didn't want to risk us going down to 10 if he got taken out after our last sub window.

The other subs were the usual subs that happen deep into an intense game while we were arguably getting over-run. If it weren't for the feather touch penalty we'd have got away with the win because of the subs.

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Bullshit penalty but as others have said we had plenty of chances to kill off the game. Teams better than Newcastle (basically everyone) will punish us.

We have basically told Georgevski to piss off so why are we persisting with Calamity Ziegler and Sideshow Yeboah?

At half time I thought the Cox was up for it tonight but it turned out to be premature speculation. 

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8 minutes ago, mack said:

Tass got taken off because he had an injury concern and Robinson didn't want to risk us going down to 10 if he got taken out after our last sub window.

The other subs were the usual subs that happen deep into an intense game while we were arguably getting over-run. If it weren't for the feather touch penalty we'd have got away with the win because of the subs.

I think you’re being too kind on CR there mack. It totally disrupted our momentum, particularly in defence and lead to that penalty. I’d genuinely like to know his thought process behind it cause for me there was none.

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4 minutes ago, hughsey said:

I think you’re being too kind on CR there mack. It totally disrupted our momentum, particularly in defence and lead to that penalty. I’d genuinely like to know his thought process behind it cause for me there was none.

What momentum? We were under the cosh for most of the second half !!

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3 minutes ago, hughsey said:

I think you’re being too kind on CR there mack. It totally disrupted our momentum, particularly in defence and lead to that penalty. I’d genuinely like to know his thought process behind it cause for me there was none.

That's what CR said about Tass, but on the other stuff our 2nd half stats were poor (the first half was much more even).

We had 1 shot on target, 2 blocks and no crosses. Jets had 58% possession to 42%, 9 shots of various types and they put in 4 crosses and 22 balls into the area vs 8 for us. They doubled our corner count and needed half the amount of tackles, blocks & intercepts as our defence had. It wasn't 'comfortable' but I think those subs needed to happen at that point.

Take away the super soft penalty call (or give us Troisi's with a goal to make it 2-1) and it would have been seen as a good decision to replace tiring players as the game came to a close.

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1st half was ok, Cox is getting slightly better , Troisi off the pace and lazy.

We really missed Muller .

Ziggy MOM

Ref was disgusting, overturning calls from the the other side of the field ,it felt so biased.

 

 

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The only reason I could see for CR to make the triple change was that he told them to go out there and prove to him that they deserve a start next game. None of the 3 did that. That was the issue. Kamau, and Yeboah are just useless and lazy ****s. Ibini isn't much better. Seriously, I'd rather his sister started for us.

Absolutely soft pen and no surprise who gave it away. 

We lost that game more than Newcastle earned the draw.

Anyway, how good was it to hear some drums and a bit of atmosphere again!!

Onwards and upwards next game. I hope Muller isn't out for too long. 

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5 minutes ago, jockman said:

Yeboah should never play again for us. He was terrible I honestly cannot think of one thing he did well when he came on. 

The bit where he went to lay the ball off and just passed it over the sideline was a “highlight” at times he looked like bambi on ice 

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10 minutes ago, tardotz said:

1st half was ok, Cox is getting slightly better , Troisi off the pace and lazy.

We really missed Muller .

Ziggy MOM

Ref was disgusting, overturning calls from the the other side of the field ,it felt so biased.

 

 

Agree about Ziggy......Natta had a good game as well.

Can we please just **** Yeboah right off.....:nono:

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I thought the Newcastle guy got shot by a sniper he went down so quickly :rolleyes:.

I was at game, it looked a ridiculous penalty. Just ridiculous. That kinda ref n VAR bullshite ruins it for me. What I hoped would happen was for us to get another one, bounce back, but with that faaarking clown Yeboah on the pitch, no chance. That guy does not have a football brain

Mostly though, and I say this sincerely.....

........I am pissed off as I lost my goddamn glasses

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2 minutes ago, sonar said:

Yep....horrible.

 

On a par with the rubbish we have been used to for the last few seasons. Hopefully it is a one off and we see similar or better performance to the last few games prior to tonight. If not cant see us getting much from the bullshi@ters next week. Oh how those cowbells will be ringing

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2 minutes ago, jockman said:

On a par with the rubbish we have been used to for the last few seasons. Hopefully it is a one off and we see similar or better performance to the last few games prior to tonight. If not cant see us getting much from the bullshi@ters next week. Oh how those cowbells will be ringing

second half was a throw back to the last few seasons..tripple substitution has me scratching my head a bit still like..

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Anyway. I'm home now. I recorded the match and I'm going to watch it again - now. I'll be yelling the same ******* profanities during the replay as I did at the game. Once I get it all out of my system, I might be able to get some sleep. Or maybe I'll wake up in the morning on the lounge with a tv screen that has been smashed. I'm not sure.

It was that sort of night.

 

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3 minutes ago, Wanderboy said:

Anyway. I'm home now. I recorded the match and I'm going to watch it again - now. I'll be yelling the same ******* profanities during the replay as I did at the game. Once I get it all out of my system, I might be able to get some sleep. Or maybe I'll wake up in the morning on the lounge with a tv screen that has been smashed. I'm not sure.

It was that sort of night.

 

Save your TV, turn off at 45mins.

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