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    Auf Wiedersehen Spotless


    mack

    The Wanderers "farewelled" the reviled Spotless Showground with Markus Babbel attempting to spring a surprise on the league leaders with an usual squad list that put Majok at left fullback, but the subterfuge didn't last long after kick-off as it was clear Babbel had deployed a 3 at the back with Kamau & Majok acting as wing-backs.

    The early stages were quiet with no real action until the 7th minute as former Wanderer Chris Ikonomidis fired from a narrow angle that stung the palms of Vedran Janjetovic in the Wanderers goal. 15 minutes in and Jordon O'Doherty suffered a horror injury while he was attempting to defend deep in the Wanderers penalty area. The young midfielder stopped and propped, only for his knee to buckle underneath him. He left the game in a sorrowful mood, hands over his head while being taken off on a stretcher, replaced by Rashid Mahazi.

    Perth opened the scoring in the 23rd minute. Ivan Franjic found Diego Castro in open space and with all the time in the world to deliver a cross. The former A-League player of the year found Ikonomidis at the near post unmarked after Keanu Baccus drifted away and Tass Mourdoukoutas failed to slide across in cover defence. It left a simple redirect of the ball past the right leg of Janjetovic.

    Seconds before half-time the Wanderers received a free kick a long way from goal and out wide. Roly Bonevacia lobbed in a cross toward the penalty spot that was well met by Oriol Riera, his header knocked down into the pitch only to be turned away by Liam Reddy.

    The Wanderers were better in the opening stages of the second half, but failed to convert their dominance into an equaliser. In fact, it was Perth who looked closer to scoring again, when Andy Keogh was put through on goal with Mourdoukoutas trailing and unable to catch the striker. Keogh shot to Janjetovic's left and the keeper made a great save to turn it away for a corner.

    Mitch Duke was bought on for Baumjohann and the young striker enthusiastically took to the task of helping his team level the game. He took a shot from a long way out that was applauded by the fans, then nodded on a header into the path of Riera for another shot at goal. Mark Bridge made his long awaited return to the field in the 76th minute, replacing Oriol Riera. Bridge has declared he will be retiring from the A-League at the end of the season.

    Bridge had his first shot in anger in the 87th minute, a toe poke on goal that was cancelled out by an offside flag, not that it mattered as Bridge fired wide. The Wanderers piled on the pressure in stoppage time, Russel launching a cross from deep that was just missed by the rising Duke and resulted in a blocked shot from Baccus.

    Just as the home crowd thought they were going home empty handed, Abraham Majok took the ball down at the edge of the Perth penalty area, he found Tarek Elrich with a backpass, and Elrich fired the ball immediately. Mitch Duke flung himself at the ball but achieved a deception of Liam Reddy, he was beaten by the flight of the ball and it nestled into the back of the net for a last second 1-1 equaliser.

    The point was well deserved for the Wanderers who kept applying themselves despite a lack of luck and going behind early, their commitment shone through particularly when Mitch Duke took to the pitch and in comparison to earlier in the season, the Wanderers hung in the game, kept compact enough at the back to avoid giving away a match sealing second for Perth and Tarek took his chance well.

    The draw sees Western Sydney on a 3 game unbeaten run, and they will face Brisbane Roar at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane next Friday.

    Edited by mack

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    Also shoutout to the ref for giving us the rub of the green - other than the corner to Perth late on and the Bridge YC, how many first fouls or even normal standard fouls got carded against Perth?

    Considering that I was like wtf oh no when I saw the line up, great result 

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    We looked better once Riera and Baumjohann were off the field.

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    I guess it takes us about 3 seasons to get used to a ground?

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    How do you like them apples, Popa?

    That's what I call mentality! Young makeshift line up becomes even more makeshift after JoD comes off early, but here we are. It looks like we are finally where MB wanted us to be at a minimum: hard to beat. Better late than never! And thank goodness for The King being back.

     

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    Since Tass has been playing we have not conceded more than 1 goal per game. Compare that to the prior.

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    2 minutes ago, mack said:

    Here's an irony, we've won or drawn 90% of our games at spotless.

    #SpotlessIn #ANZOut #FortressSpotless

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    1 minute ago, mack said:

    Here's an irony, we've won or drawn 90% of our games at spotless.

    We have only lost two games in three years there. 

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    Good result against the League front runners. In all three games we have given them a contest. Good signs for next season. Hope the team turns up to do some damage to whoever we play from here on in. A bit of pride and some rays of hope in a really poor season all in all.

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    Just now, Edinburgh said:

    Anyone else see farewell signs? Security got quite miffed with one at the back of our bay. 

    "Good riddance soulless I hope we never meet again"

    There was a photo posted of the banner in the other thread...month or so we get to say goodbye to ANZ which will be good.

    Typical Popa type performance from Perth. 

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    For the first time in a long time was confident we would salvage a point at the end...and we did. 3 games without a loss. Nice to see Bridge back.

    Goodbye Soulless Stadium. You can have the Easter Show , that's it...

    I support the RBB's silent stand. Your treatment by those who don't get football Is shameful. However, pleeeeaaassseee make an exception for the derby. You can inspire the whole club to send ESFC home crying. 

    IMO....Nothing is more important to our club at the moment.

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    1 minute ago, Cynth said:

    :clapping::woah:

    I haven’t been able to scream like that for my team in months! I thought the last 20 minutes or so we played great and deserved the goal! Mitch Duke brings a positivity to the team and leadership. I hope we sign him for next year! 

    Cynth, he's here for this season and the next two....

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    Babbel really set the boys up well to counter Perth. We were a few personnel changes short of being as dangerous as them. From memory their chances were defensive errors (long ball over the top, poor marking, defender missed a basic header).

    Baumjohann may have been off for a while, but Duke really lit up the show once on...

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    13 minutes ago, dcrow said:

    We have only lost two games in three years there. 

    Only because we don’t play the victory or Sydney there 

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    8 minutes ago, sonar said:

    Cynth, he's here for this season and the next two....

    He signed for 18 months, yeboah was the one that signed for 2.5 years

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    Just now, Xfactor said:

    He signed for 18 months, yeboah was the one that signed for 2.5 years

    Thanks...my bad.....deserves an extension already......lol

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    9 minutes ago, colhil said:

    For the first time in a long time was confident we would salvage a point at the end...and we did. 

    I wasn't. Chance after chance came and went. There were so many that I nearly threw my empty beer at the tv about a dozen times, (yes, each empty bottle) so in the 94th minute, I thought "**** this, I can't stand any more of this pain", so I went outside for a ciggy. Maybe that will change our luck. No, seriously, I did.

    As soon as I had closed the sliding door and lit up, I heard the cheer on the tv. 

    Please don't all rush at once to thank me for our win.

     

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    1 minute ago, sonar said:

    Thanks...my bad.....deserves an extension already......lol

    Agreed, I think he’ll do well for us

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    I ride my bike to games and lock it up on the fence near the eastern gate, and I've been doing so every game there. Apparently, now I'm not allowed to because of 'safety' reasons. An apt farewell from a useless security guard from a useless ground/precinct.

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    Just now, Adam said:

    I ride my bike to games and lock it up on the fence near the eastern gate, and I've been doing so every game there. Apparently, now I'm not allowed to because of 'safety' reasons. An apt farewell from a useless security guard from a useless ground/precinct.

    WTF?

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    Just back in, first half absolutely no attacking intent, bloody pitiful and uninspiring.

    Second half, aye aye, they have had a talking to and promising signs, then Duke on and it went up a notch, Bridgey on did not do too much but by god it seem to lift the crowd, there were people all around me  shouting at the players, the same people that have sat there all season like wax work dummies giving it some, bloody great i thought, even when the 4 mins went up we all still felt confident of pulling one back, there was positivity in the air!

    then it went in kabaam we all went ballistic as if we won the league, left the ground with a spring in my step alongside everybody else with a smile not just on my face, everyone was happy!

     

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    Fantastic performance, first and second half. That line up had no right to be within 3 goals of the run-away league leaders and while we looked bang average for much of the game, we fought till the end and got a result, can't ask for more

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    Forgot to mention, if it comes to keeping either ABJ or Roly, i would keep Roly over ABJ any day, i don't think they can be in the same side, cant put a finger on it, it doesn't seem to work.

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    2 minutes ago, matty said:

    Fantastic performance, first and second half. That line up had no right to be within 3 goals of the run-away league leaders and while we looked bang average for much of the game, we fought till the end and got a result, can't ask for more

    "If you want to beat quality you have to beat [their] mentality. Especially in the second half we showed it," Wanderers coach Markus Babbel said.

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    12 minutes ago, WSWJACK said:

     

    then it went in kabaam we all went ballistic as if we won the league, left the ground with a spring in my step alongside everybody else with a smile not just on my face, everyone was happy!

     

    And...….that is exactly how we will all be when we get back to Parra. We are itching for at least a modicum of success. Get 15-25000 people behind the team and a rocking RBB (I hope) and there really is a chance that we can return to the good ol' days.

    On the other hand, if the club is not going to get behind our active support, they will dig their own grave.

    I hope you lot in power are reading this.

    Edited by Wanderboy

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    Ahh the tite of this thread...just missing the 'pet', had to post this as started humming the tune as soon as I seen it...goodbye Spotless to a NE England theme tune

     

     

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    How did Perth blow that one. The decision to not be Active come Derby isn't universally supported. Captain Elrich secures us a point. It's come to this. 

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