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The Western Sydney Wanderers hosted Melbourne City in a Tuesday night fixture at the Western Sydney Stadium and was another dismal loss, a 2-0 result for City spearheaded by a brace for Jamie Maclaren.

There was some late drama with Florin Berenguer suffering an ankle injury and having to be replaced in the lineup by Naoki Tsubaki and their coach Patrick Kisnorbo suffering from illness and not being able to make his way to Parramatta.

After copping a first minute goal against Adelaide United the defence would have been looking to stay switched on from kick-off, but Keanu Baccus had other ideas. 5 minutes in with the ball deep in his own half his attempt at playing out from the back went wrong as he found a City player and it was instantly played in to Jamie Maclaren, the Wanderers nemesis fired across Daniel Margush and opened the scoring.

Somehow Nabbout didn't extend the lead in the 30th minute, he was released down the right wing and turned Mark Natta completely inside out before crashing his shot against the far post. Earlier in the game he also made a hash of a free header on the 6 yard box, and also had another chance that he put well wide.

The Wanderers were utterly dominated for a 10 minute period, they finally broke free in the 33rd, with Simon Cox finding James Troisi making a forward run, he cut back inside but his shot was disappointing and well off target. 5 minutes before half-time Keanu Baccus went into the referees notebook for diving to try and win a penalty against Curtis Good, and City went down the other end and Maclaren found enough space for a shot that went over the bar.

Baccus paid for his terrible display by being hooked at half-time for Jordan Mutch. James Troisi continued his horrible game by giving away a penalty in the 53rd minute. He lifted his hands while attempting to block a cross, and despite some dubious camera angles the VAR stepped, the referee called the penalty and Maclaren slotted it into the top of the goal. All complaints about VAR aside, it's been years since the new handball laws were introduced, professional football players have no-one to blame but themselves if they lift their hands in the air trying to block crosses.

Bruce Kamau and Bernie Ibini were introduced in the 65th minute in place of Troisi and Cox. After the subs the team finally sprang into a form of life, keeping possession for enough time to build pressure. Jordan Mutch shot a curling strike at goal that slid just past the top corner. The home side played out from the back and managed to win a corner, after playing through the high press, Ibini & Duke winning a corner. From a scramble the ball fell to Kamau at the back post and he was denied by a point-blank save that Tom Glover likely knew little about. 73rd minute Aquilina should have hit the target, Dorrans managed to chip the ball back across goal, it floated for Aquilina but the fullback couldn't keep his header down.

The fans had been calling for Robinson to switch the formation to a four at the back with a more traditional midfield, and he finally responded 10 minutes before full time. Ziggy Gordon and Duke were replaced by Kwame Yeboah and Nicolai Muller. City had the next chance however, another disgraceful defense from a corner by the Wanderers, letting Good get a free header on the 6 yard box and he should have scored.

Muller and Dorrans bombarded the City goal, Muller couldn't take advantage of Glover being out of his goal, Muller's shot was blocked by a defender and the rebound fell to Dorrans and he blasted a long range drive that also found the body of a City defender. Maclaren thought he'd secured all three points with a hat-trick in the final seconds, but he had strayed offside prior to receiving the pass. In the end it didn't really matter, as the visitor's closed out the game comfortably, taking all three points to move within striking distance of the top 6. For the Wanderers it was same old same old, not matching their opponents in the first half, going behind, and only raising the intensity when behind and after multiple subs had been made. Despite being in the top 4, the loss has setup the Wanderers for a potential drop outside the top 6 should results not go their way, and that happening will heap further pressure on Carl Robinson to make some changes to arrest the slide.

The Wanderers next game is against Western United on Sunday March 7, with kick-off in Ballarat at 6:10PM.


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On the plus side, delighted to report I had a great pre-game feed at Yaowarat on George St.

I was the only diner at the restaurant. Service was quick and friendly while the serving was generous. I had a chicken pad thai which was flavoursome but not too sweet. Lots of chicken.

Price was $17.40 so a bit on the expensive side but will definitely come back to try some more on the menu.

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Kamau has to start.

Change the formation.

Conceded 5 goals in last two games.

We are still in the hunt ( just ).

Can't keep dropping points.

The game against WU will define the season.

I'm not Robinson out but I would love for him to come on the forum and answer some questions. Can we make it happen....?

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Pathetic, honestly might have been our worst ever game at home.

None of the players look like they gave a sh*t.

Formation is clearly rubbish, we have used it for the past 3 seasons and haven't made finals.

Coincidence? I think not.

Robinson needs to change the lineup to fit all our best players in one team, he clearly doesn't know what our best lineup is.

Our defence has turned to sh*t and our transition from defence to midfield to attack is slow, all up the wings and poor in general.

We have no consistent proven goal scorers in the team.

As a member of this once great football club it is heartbreaking to see where we are now. Yeah its a Tuesday night, but look at the stands, it looked terrible.

I'd like to see some heads role. Gavin Costello and John Tsatsimas need to leave this club immediately, how they have guided us into this never ending hole is absolutely disgusting.

Once again its another season of false hope, start well, peak, plateau and reverse.

I pray that by some miracle this season turns around, we have had to deal with some rough seasons, its getting to breaking point for a lot of people.

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6 minutes ago, sonar said:

I'm not Robinson out but I would love for him to come on the forum and answer some questions. Can we make it happen....?

The membership team don't even bother coming here to answer questions any more, the coach is never coming on.

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7 minutes ago, sonar said:

 

I'm not Robinson out but I would love for him to come on the forum and answer some questions. Can we make it happen....?

We can ask what his fave food is and what he thinks of Phil Collins.

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2 minutes ago, mack said:

The membership team don't even bother coming here to answer questions any more, the coach is never coming on.

Fair enough. Just asking....lol

It's hard trying to stay optimistic tbh. Couldn't be @rsed having a rant as it will do naught. Onward and upward ( or doward in our teams case ).

 

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Pathetic 1 through 16 and add the coaching staff on there as well.  

If Georgevski is below Aquilina in the pecking order he should retire, Aquilina should be in NPL

Troisi is rubbish, people telling me on here how much work he does blah blah blah, he is ******* hopeless.  Was it a pen? who knows but if you defend like that you deserve it.

What happened to playing for the shirt? go get ****ed, I dont care if we get beat, I dont even care if we dont play well, but when we show no ******* effort or heart you can go get ****ed.

 

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Well that first half was up there with anything from Olympic park in the shite scale, not going to batter them, the tirade will surely follow, want to pick up on something positive but christ it's hard.

I'll go with Brucey coming on and adding some much needed energy as the most positive aspect of my disappointing night.

Oh and **** VAR off right now what a pile of steaming dogshite that is !

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We had enough chances to either win the game or draw. City took their chances we didn't. We were poor at times we were good at times. That is the frustrating thing. Great passing....poor passing. Great defending.....poor defending. Jekyl & Hyde at times...that is what is so frustrating. So many good players but so many passages of poor play.

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I don't think there is any point to rant, enough will do so. One comment I have NFI why Troisi put his arms up, did he have money on him conceding a pen is my only thought. 

A few observations to perhaps give us hope. 

CR stop farking changing your attacking lineup each week. It can't be hard to see that Mueller and Duke are clearly your best options. And Kamal seems to be in form. So pick them as you 3 and stick with it for some time to see what they do.

First it was set pieces killing us now it's just stupidity, can't really blame CR for that. 

The players don't appear to be infighting so all isn't lost. 

I think that's it. 

 

 

 

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1 minute ago, sonar said:

We had enough chances to either win the game or draw. City took their chances we didn't. We were poor at times we were good at times. That is the frustrating thing. Great passing....poor passing. Great defending.....poor defending. Jekyl & Hyde at times...that is what is so frustrating. So many good players but so many passages of poor play.

Yep as soon as they pressed us we either played it neatly out or lobbed it straight back at them, infuriating. 

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2 minutes ago, sonar said:

We had enough chances to either win the game or draw. City took their chances we didn't. We were poor at times we were good at times. That is the frustrating thing. Great passing....poor passing. Great defending.....poor defending. Jekyl & Hyde at times...that is what is so frustrating. So many good players but so many passages of poor play.

if City took their chances we get beat by 6

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Robinson's honeymoon is over.

We have the best bench of the A league and yet we seem to pick the wrong starting 11 every game.

Cannot understand why Troisi and Ibini are still picked.

This game was the worst this season but close to some of the bad ones from previous years

 

 

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17 minutes ago, THEWANDERERSPOST said:

Pathetic, honestly might have been our worst ever game at home.

None of the players look like they gave a sh*t.

Formation is clearly rubbish, we have used it for the past 3 seasons and haven't made finals.

Coincidence? I think not.

Robinson needs to change the lineup to fit all our best players in one team, he clearly doesn't know what our best lineup is.

Our defence has turned to sh*t and our transition from defence to midfield to attack is slow, all up the wings and poor in general.

We have no consistent proven goal scorers in the team.

As a member of this once great football club it is heartbreaking to see where we are now. Yeah its a Tuesday night, but look at the stands, it looked terrible.

I'd like to see some heads role. Gavin Costello and John Tsatsimas need to leave this club immediately, how they have guided us into this never ending hole is absolutely disgusting.

Once again its another season of false hope, start well, peak, plateau and reverse.

I pray that by some miracle this season turns around, we have had to deal with some rough seasons, its getting to breaking point for a lot of people.

I still remember that derby with Gombau as coach I believe where we got destroyed by esfc but this was pretty close to worse

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Absolutely atrocious. The boos at the end were well deserved

Wtf is this 3ATB ****? Its extremely one dimensional, as its entirely reliant on 2 players (the wingbacks) to carry the ball. We have no penetration up the middle what so ever. Gee I wonder how you defend that? And to make matters worse we can't get on the end of a cross (god forbid one of our 7 wingers moonlighting as strikers makes a back post run)

If only there were some sort of formation where we could use our natural wingers as wingers. And our strikers as actual strikers... Fu/ck me, this ones got me stumped

I'll give Robinson a game, but I already know how its going to turn out

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You don’t mind being beaten by a better side, but we rolled over first half and we were embarrassingly dominated. The squad selection, formation and tactics all leave me scratching my head in confusion. I think the players are the same. It is all just so wrong.

I really don’t care about the VAR tonight, it’s not a main discussion point for me when we were so very poor across pretty much the whole game.

Shots of Robbo tonight showed a worried man under increasing pressure.....

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Yeah it was embarrassing to be a Wanderers supporter tonight. As said above it just looked like most players just didn’t care and certainly had no idea what they were supposed to be doing. Formation just doesn’t suit the players we have I reckon. Why doesn’t Robinson alter it ffs?

Given how good our team looks on paper I reckon that was the most disappointing game we’ve ever played. Even worse than Brisbane in the rain at ANZ.

As for Troisi......:xmad:

Oh and VAR screws us over again just for good measure - not that City didn’t deserve it

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Just now, Neverbloom said:

I still remember that derby with Gombau as coach I believe where we got destroyed by esfc but this was pretty close to worse

Exactly, I was at that derby as well.

There was another game against City at SOP on New Years Day when the stadium booed them off at half time and some fans got kicked out for voicing their opinion.

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