Jump to content

Gong Show Rings Up A Draw


Recommended Posts

Just returned from the game. Great fun despite the result.

I think some are being a bit harsh on Natta. Sure, he was targeted today but on the most part, he did his job. He covered most of what was thrown at him and almost always forced the ball back inside rather than let his opponent get away from him. Some people forget he is only 18 and has played only 4 A-League games. He has been rock solid in every game. He is cool on the ball whenever he has it at his feet, and is either quick to feed it off to his DM's or spread it wide to his winger, or if he is further forward, to the AM. His ball control at his feet is superb and his passing accuracy is excellent for someone so young. When Tass is fit, I don't know where Natta fits in, but tbh, I wouldn't be unhappy with Natta starting ahead of Tass. As long as that Aussie imposter from Germany with so much Bundesliga experience doesn't start before him. That would be a travesty.

On the game in general, I agree with most on here that Ibini is just a passenger. I said as much last week. A giraffe would have better ball control and probably be more committed to attacking the ball. Bench for him from now on, otherwise, ship him off. I was excited to have him on board when we signed him, but he is just lazy and clumsy these days. Cox and Duke should start every week and Ibini only given a chance if there are injuries or suspensions.

Yeboah is just hanging in there, but at least puts some effort in. 

As for the game day experience, it just reinforced how out of touch that ****wit Gallop and the old FFA board and Foxtel were in rejecting Wollongong's bid and deciding on awarding a plastic franchise to Macarthur. It's a great stadium for football, and there is no doubt the local "Gong" community would have got behind their club like the Mariners did. 

That north terrace support today (wherever it came from?) went hard from start to finish. Sure, most of their chants were lame, but geez, they never stopped, from start to finish, and even continued after we took the lead. They were good. Paid supporters from Wollongong Uni perhaps? Anyway, kudos to them. They were audible all match. 

I also have to pay homage to the ground staff. After hearing about and reading the reports from Mariners fans from last week, and the shite they put up with, I was expecting the worst today for our bunch of louts. On the contrary, the local staff were excellent. 

We, (my son and I) arrived about 10 mins before kick off. When we arrived at our seats, other people were sitting there. We said to them "No worries, there's plenty of other empty seats so we'll just grab 2 of them. Anyway, just before kick off, an usher comes up to us with about 6 other Wanderers fans and says "Are these your seats?" I explained that some other people were sitting in ours, so we just grabbed these seats. We are happy to move so those 6 people can sit in their bought seats. She actually said to me (and I couldn't believe it) "Don't worry, you and your son stay there. There is a private box in the next bay that I know will stay empty today, so these 6 people can sit in there. You two stay where you are. That will be fine". WTF, how good is that type of fan engagement??

It is teams like Wollongong that should be in the A-League, not plastic shite that Fox insists on. It's so sad.

Finally, if we ever play down there again, I can highly recommend a pre-match feed at the following place, just up the road from the stadium. We had 35 minutes to be fed and get to the game, and did it with 10 mins to spare. A sensational sushi feed, fed quickly and reasonably cheap. 

All in all, a great day. Such a shame we came back 2 points short.

 

314953_a050974343212f817b164d8a18962efe.png?w=1600&q=85&fit=max&auto=format

 

Edited by Wanderboy
Link to post
1 minute ago, CaptainJess said:

Great little away trip. How the FFA didn’t give a spot to Wollongong is beyond me. 

Plenty of locals in the stands and a fantastic boutique stadium in a great location. Had that been non-COVID times and an actual Wollongong team, that place would have been packed out. 

Parking was easy and close, good food and entertainment choices nearby and a beautiful view that maybe tops the Sauce Bottles in Gosford. 

Just imagine Wollongong and Canberra in the league and the support that they would have received in their communities and from travelling fans. Both very appealing away trips for most NSW based teams and even the VIC’s. 

Hope it’s not the last time I attend a match there.

I couldn't agree more. Just shows how out of touch Fox and the FFA were with expansion, and why the league is now battling a **** fight. **** Gallop and the  Lowy's. 

Link to post

Once again we can’t play through teams.

Resorted to crosses, usually no one far stick(bar the goal), sometimes no one in the box at all. Duke gives us an aerial threat, but we need to be better in the final third. 

Yeboah looked a lot better. Ibini better as an impact player. 
 

 

Link to post
21 minutes ago, Wanderboy said:

That north terrace support today (wherever it came from?) went hard from start to finish. Sure, most of their chants were lame, but geez, they never stopped, from start to finish, and even continued after we took the lead. They were good. Paid supporters from Wollongong Uni perhaps? Anyway, kudos to them. They were audible all match

No. They are supposed to be Mexicans who support Davilla. Sounded great when the WDS4 came over and with only about 3300 fans

Link to post
3 minutes ago, Frankos187 said:

Once again we can’t play through teams.

Resorted to crosses, usually no one far stick(bar the goal), sometimes no one in the box at all. Duke gives us an aerial threat, but we need to be better in the final third. 

Yeboah looked a lot better. Ibini better as an impact player. 
 

 

Reckon we might see the starting  front 3 of Troisi, Yeboah and Kamau. Especially because its Adelaide we face

Link to post

I didn’t have the same great experience with the venue staff as @Wanderboy.

Found our seats fine. Had a friend from a bay over come and say hello around 30mins before the game started. We were just chatting and not taking up anyone’s seat or blocking an isle. Had an attendant come over and told them to move on. Nothing wrong with what we were doing, but “COVID” :db:

I then watched her eye out multiple people in our bay over about a 10min period before going and asking them all to pull out their tickets and check they were in the right seats. 

Then we had what looked like neutral locals rock up 10mins into the game and complain to staff people were in their seats. Staff climbed over multiple people in a row (great COVID awareness there) to tell people to move, despite there being multiple rows within 5-10 metres with large groups of seats available. 

It didn’t spoil the night, but just shows a lack of awareness and tact on the part of the venue and staff. And that common sense can’t be applied equally in all situations. 

Link to post

Dorrans and Troisi provide control and order in midfield. That was missing in the first half. With Dorrans on the pitch we would have won this. But even without him we should have been able to see out that game with a win. Conceding yet again after a standard situation is very disappointing.

Nice to see Natta, Wilmering, Aquilina, Russell doing what they are doing. Looking forward to Al-Taay at some stage, CR has mentioned him several times in pressers, he can't be far off.

In contrast, Lesiotis, Grozos, Cancar all have been non events so far. With the high turnover of games over the next four weeks, they would need to be on the bench once or twice at least. If not then I can't see them being at the club beyond this season.

13 points after 8 rounds is not bad at all. Considering that Dorrans, Ibini, Gordon, Troisi, Mutch, Duke all arrived late, that we had/have three senior CBs out with injury, that Kamau's and Yeboah's pre season was somewhere between choppy and non existent, Mueller missing games because of injury -  it could have been much worse. It seems like the pre-season within the season is coming to an end.
 

Link to post

Mitch Duke must take up the centre forward position,  Muller looked off his game yesterday, Natta will be ready for the big boys next year still to green and the good ball players have taught him some lessons So Tass when he his ready. Also going to be hard to Keep Mutch on the bench showed some good signs yesterday. Hard to pick between Wilmering and Aquilina. Wilmering I think with his left foot crosses.  Russell needs to do some crossing practice also.

                            Duke

                     Muller Troisi  

     Wilmering Dorrans Baccus Russell ?

            Natta McGowan Gordan

                      Margush 

I think the above is the best team we can put on the park next week, cant wait to see something like our best team up against Adelaide. 

Reserves: Yeboah, Ibini,  Aquilina, Cox , Mutch, Georgieski , Kamau, James G/K 

Link to post
11 hours ago, btron3000 said:

Que? We’re only a third through the season and we’re 5 behind the leaders with a game in hand. Plenty of points to be won and dropped by all teams between now and the end of the season.

And for a team that has a new coach and a whole bunch of new players, we are in a great position to launch a title challenge.

Consistency is the major issue this season. For us we struggle to put in a consistent 90mins never mind a run of wins.

Any team that puts a decent run together can finish top this year.

Link to post
13 minutes ago, Smoggy said:

Consistency is the major issue this season. For us we struggle to put in a consistent 90mins never mind a run of wins.

This.

 

 

 

(Most probably going to jinx us here but you get the feeling if we play for 90 min and click we will put on a motza against someone. :D )

Link to post

Mutch took control of the midfield with ease when he came on. If we have one of Dorrans and Mutch on the field at all times we will be in good stead. I thought Natta played extremely well, diffused a lot of very dangerous counter attacks that he probably wasn't entitled to. I'm a big Muller fan, but think Troisi better fits our structure and the way Robbo wants to play with his quick distribution to the front line. Muller is more focussed on keeping the ball himself and beating his man. Really happy with Yeboah. Amazing workrate in attack and defence, strikes on goal with venom. Kamau has an incredible impact off the bench with his pace and agility. Probably worthy of a starting position but more likely to win us games off the bench. Cox's smarts  are more valuable than pace in the first half in my opinion. Duke will have to earn his place in the starting line up which we know he is capable of.

Link to post

Yeboah was good the confidence is back lets hope it carries throughout the season.

The first 30 minutes of that game we were still waking up zero pressure on the Nix ball handlers, Davila and Piscopo were tearing us apart. When they scored the first goal was absolutely filthy defending from us. There was zero pressure on any of the Nix players in that 15 second interval. Baccus and JOD eventually got control of the midfield but damage was done by then.

I will take the point. This is a game we could have won but also could have easily have lost the Nix played well and we were lucky it was only 1-0 at half time. Table is looking ok for us, only Perth and Smurfs with games in hand that could hop over us.

Link to post

2 points dropped, we should have won his game and put the Nux away, our defending in set pieces continues to be an issue

Link to post
13 hours ago, Paul01 said:

Just heard the Nix press conference. They were Mexican expats bussed down from Sydney.

And it was a great banter on screen.

Excellent marketing from the Nix, bus a rent a crowd in,  put them in prime position from TV perspective, move the travelling away fans  from that part of the ground (who were a significant number of the total crowd)  into  a corner out of camera shot 

Link to post
2 hours ago, sonar said:

This.

 

 

 

(Most probably going to jinx us here but you get the feeling if we play for 90 min and click we will put on a motza against someone. :D )

It’s been an issue for several seasons now. In previous years it was more to do with fitness but this season I think it’s to do with our game plan. 

I’ve noticed we have this habit of trying something and then all of a sudden completely moving away from it regardless of whether its working or not. We don’t plug away and stay the course like good teams do who have faith in their systems to get the job done. 

Our width is the most obvious example. We will spread teams wide and have them backs to the wall for a good 30 mins. Then it’s like we get bored so try and take it up the guts and just undo any positive lead up play to that point. It’s very frustrating. 

Link to post
14 hours ago, Paul01 said:

Just heard the Nix press conference. They were Mexican expats bussed down from Sydney.

And it was a great banter on screen.

They were at the Sydney v Wellington game last week too

Link to post
17 minutes ago, jockman said:

Excellent marketing from the Nix, bus a rent a crowd in,  put them in prime position from TV perspective, move the travelling away fans  from that part of the ground (who were a significant number of the total crowd)  into  a corner out of camera shot 

Should have put our Active support behind the Southern goal

Link to post
35 minutes ago, jockman said:

Excellent marketing from the Nix, bus a rent a crowd in,  put them in prime position from TV perspective, move the travelling away fans  from that part of the ground (who were a significant number of the total crowd)  into  a corner out of camera shot 

The one thing the flog Talay said was that there were more Wanderers supporters than Nix supporters. Obvious statement but admitted it.

Link to post

So that northern terrace support is a Mexican community support for Davila they started last week. If the below article is accurate its literally he met one person that is Mexican-Australian who put a call out to the community. In the crowd there were lots of jerseys from Mexico, Tigres and Guadalajara .

https://www.stuff.co.nz/sport/football/a-league/124203456/wellington-phoenix-captain-ulises-davila-feeling-the-love-from-mexican-fan-club

If anything this proves there is still a large Football community none of the 3 Sydney clubs are engaging with, because these fans are not affiliated with any club but come to support the one Mexican player in the A-league. The Nix gave them all the flags to support the team and they went as group from Sydney it down to the Gong.

 Its like when 7000 Nepalese went down to Canberra to support Nepal against the Roos, how many of them support an A-league team?

Edited by Sithslayer1991
Link to post
21 minutes ago, Sithslayer1991 said:

So that northern terrace support is a Mexican community support for Davila they started last week. If the below article is accurate its literally he met one person that is Mexican-Australian who put a call out to the community. In the crowd there were lots of jerseys from Mexico, Tigres and Guadalajara .

https://www.stuff.co.nz/sport/football/a-league/124203456/wellington-phoenix-captain-ulises-davila-feeling-the-love-from-mexican-fan-club

If anything this proves there is still a large Football community none of the 3 Sydney clubs are engaging with, because these fans are not affiliated with any club but come to support the one Mexican player in the A-league. The Nix gave them all the flags to support the team and they went as group from Sydney it down to the Gong.

 Its like when 7000 Nepalese went down to Canberra to support Nepal against the Roos, how many of them support an A-league team?

Perhaps we should tap up Sydney's Scottish community :xnod:

Link to post

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now
×
×
  • Create New...