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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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    11 minutes ago, Keithie said:

    If Roly has signed for Perth as rumoured I expect he will revert back to early season form :spiteful: 

    I think Babbel is playing a wait and see game with Roly......Mitch Duke wants him to stay.......the manager seems so so at the present.

    Despite the popularity of Bonevacia among his peers, it appears he is yet to convince Markus Babbel he is worthy of a new deal just yet. The Wanderers coach says he is yet to enter talks with Bonevacia and the players' agent just yet despite interest the interest of the ladder-leading Glory .

    "We are not talking at the moment about the future. So we are still working that we get more results, that we come in a better way. It's up to him. If he's bringing this now every week, of course there's a chance there. If not, we have to have a discussion and make a decision," Babbel said.

    The Wanderers coach was impressed with the midfielder's form of late but insists he wants to see more consistency before choosing whether to re-sign him for next season but will not have the luxury of time to make that decision.

    "This is what I expect from him. He's a foreigner, a player with a big talent, but he has to show it more," Babbel said.

    "This is what I expect from a player with this quality - not show it once in two or three months, show it regular. This is the next target for him, to show the same performance because it was not only that he scored the goal or did an assist, he was also fantastic working against the ball and helped the team a lot."

    https://www.smh.com.au/sport/soccer/make-re-signing-bonevacia-main-priority-teammates-urge-wanderers-20190223-p50zt5.html

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    I think it is fair to say that utilising this shithole has been a glorious **** up.

    The combination of garbage squads, poor scheduling, over zealous police and underwhelming fan engagement have laid the platform for it all.

    The sooner we see the back of the whole SOP... the better!

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    7 hours ago, sonar said:

    I think Babbel is playing a wait and see game with Roly......Mitch Duke wants him to stay.......the manager seems so so at the present.

    Despite the popularity of Bonevacia among his peers, it appears he is yet to convince Markus Babbel he is worthy of a new deal just yet. The Wanderers coach says he is yet to enter talks with Bonevacia and the players' agent just yet despite interest the interest of the ladder-leading Glory .

    "We are not talking at the moment about the future. So we are still working that we get more results, that we come in a better way. It's up to him. If he's bringing this now every week, of course there's a chance there. If not, we have to have a discussion and make a decision," Babbel said.

    The Wanderers coach was impressed with the midfielder's form of late but insists he wants to see more consistency before choosing whether to re-sign him for next season but will not have the luxury of time to make that decision.

    "This is what I expect from him. He's a foreigner, a player with a big talent, but he has to show it more," Babbel said.

    "This is what I expect from a player with this quality - not show it once in two or three months, show it regular. This is the next target for him, to show the same performance because it was not only that he scored the goal or did an assist, he was also fantastic working against the ball and helped the team a lot."

    https://www.smh.com.au/sport/soccer/make-re-signing-bonevacia-main-priority-teammates-urge-wanderers-20190223-p50zt5.html

    Seems like Babbel had a really good read on Roly and is quite cautious. I like

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    On 25/02/2019 at 8:15 PM, wendybr said:

    I would LOVE to have Brattan playing for us - but he seems to be playing regularly now for City.

    Why would they want to part with him??  Is he still a genuine possibility for us??

     

    Brattan is a loan player from Manchester City, and will return to them at the end of the season. We were definitely looking at him in the last transfer window. When MB was asked about Brattan joining WSW he said "too expensive".

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    1 hour ago, FCB said:

    Brattan is a loan player from Manchester City, and will return to them at the end of the season. We were definitely looking at him in the last transfer window. When MB was asked about Brattan joining WSW he said "too expensive".

    plus Brattan is a grade A cock nearing Nichols levels. No Brisbane grand final winners please. Every single one of them still in the league is 100% unlikeable.

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    Brattan left Roar in the pre-season of 15/16 because they hadn't paid him. He signed a 4 year contract covering 15/16, 16/17, 17/18 and 18/19 with Manchester City. He spent the first 6 months of that contract on loan to Bolton, didn't play a game and went back to City. He did nothing for the last 6 months of the first season (although I assume he was training somewhere in the CFG sphere of influence).

    The next 3 seasons he has been on loan to Melbourne City.

    His contract expires at the end of this season.

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    1 hour ago, mack said:

    Brattan left Roar in the pre-season of 15/16 because they hadn't paid him. He signed a 4 year contract covering 15/16, 16/17, 17/18 and 18/19 with Manchester City. He spent the first 6 months of that contract on loan to Bolton, didn't play a game and went back to City. He did nothing for the last 6 months of the first season (although I assume he was training somewhere in the CFG sphere of influence).

    The next 3 seasons he has been on loan to Melbourne City.

    His contract expires at the end of this season.

    The four years went quickly, I didn't realize that he is a free agent after this season. With the Manchester-Melbourne link out of the way him signing up with us appears much more likely then. For better, for worse.

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    I'd take him. There's not many Aussies as good as him at DM

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    I am so conflicted with Brattan yea his a good player but his just such a dropkick. I think he surpasses Nichols and enters Kevin Muscat territory in levels of dropkick

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    Nichols was and is a bit of a panhead, but have there been any better LOL moments than him giving the V’s to the Brisbane fans? Maybe La Rocca’s Westside at the derby but outside of that..... ? Anyway, I digress. Brattain is pretty tidy and certainly better than our current.

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    On 27/02/2019 at 4:20 PM, Sithslayer1991 said:

    I am so conflicted with Brattan yea his a good player but his just such a dropkick. I think he surpasses Nichols and enters Kevin Muscat territory in levels of dropkick

    Wendy will approve...she wants to **** him all over going by the posts about him over the years...or maybe that was when he had long hair...

    Anyway, I would take him as well if we can get him...

    Edited by Smoggy

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    20 minutes ago, Themumf said:

    Nichols was and is a bit of a panhead, but have there been any better LOL moments than him giving the V’s to the Brisbane fans? Maybe La Rocca’s Westside at the derby but outside of that..... ? Anyway, I digress. Brattain is pretty tidy and certainly better than our current.

    panhead cokehead...same thing...

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    15 hours ago, Themumf said:

    Nichols was and is a bit of a panhead, but have there been any better LOL moments than him giving the V’s to the Brisbane fans? Maybe La Rocca’s Westside at the derby but outside of that..... ? Anyway, I digress. Brattain is pretty tidy and certainly better than our current.

    The King calling Bogard a **** c***

    oh and lippi losing the plot over Saba 

    Edited by StringerBellend

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    32 minutes ago, StringerBellend said:

    The King calling Bogard a **** c***

    oh and lippi losing the plot over Saba 

    Wonder what the total number is of opposing players grabbing Santa by the throat after a "late" challenge, seemed a weekly affair at one stage, ahh miss those moments......

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    43 minutes ago, WSWJACK said:

    Wonder what the total number is of opposing players grabbing Santa by the throat after a "late" challenge, seemed a weekly affair at one stage, ahh miss those moments......

    Brendan “Yellow Card 76 minute” Santalab

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    2 hours ago, StringerBellend said:

    Brendan “Yellow Card 76 minute” Santalab

    Did he get subbed on in the 75th minute that week?

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    1 hour ago, Davo said:

    Did he get subbed on in the 75th minute that week?

    Yep that was always the way. Santa come on around 70th minute run around and boot someone over inside of 5 and score inside of 15

    He would miss 1 in 5 games due to suspension and another couple for his shoulder falling off 

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    8 hours ago, StringerBellend said:

    He would miss 1 in 5 games due to suspension and another couple for his shoulder falling off

    He had a rolling injury problem, almost like there was never a week when he wasn’t carrying something :lol: 

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