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    Behind Closed Doors Draw


    mack

    The final Sydney Derby of the A-League regular season has ended in a 1-1 draw that the Wanderers were lucky to receive.

    With the game locked out to the public the match took on an eerie quality completely unlike those of derbies past. Both sides had to work into the contest, jockeying for control and it took until the 35th minute for Sydney FC to open the scoring. Kosta Barbarouses turned and shot at goal, forcing Daniel Lopar into a save where he pushed the ball back out towards his right. Adam Le Fondre pounced on the rebound with the Wanderers defence static, a tap-in into the empty net.

    The Wanderers came back out in the second half with a renewed sense of purpose but had trouble penetrating the Sydney FC penalty area. In particular, the Wanderers fullbacks seeing a lot of ball in the attacking third but they were incapable of finding a team-mate with a cross or cut-back.

    It was one of those poor crosses that eventually resulted in the Wanderers equaliser. A pair of deflections from Sydney FC saw the ball roll out to the edge of the penalty area, Simon Cox fired a first time strike that bounced off the feet of Kwame Yeboah and left Andrew Redmayne completely wrong-footed with no hope of a save. It was hardly a deserved equaliser if not for the effort in the 2nd half, and they pushed ahead to try and find a winner that would have put them back in the top 6. Unfortunately for the home side the inability to find the final ball reared it's ugly head once again and the game ran out as a 1-1 draw. It left Sydney FC without a Derby win this season but is unlikely to do much to halt their ascent to another A-League Premiership.

    The Wanderers next game is scheduled to be against Western United in Ballarat, Victoria on Saturday 29th March.

    Edited by mack

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    i am just happy they were never able to beat us all season, 1st derby we got lucky as hell, this derby looked like they were going to get the same kind of luck however lady luck gave us that goal so i'll take it, we looked better than them for most of the match

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    1 minute ago, GlobalWarning said:

    i am just happy they were never able to beat us all season, 1st derby we got lucky as hell, this derby looked like they were going to get the same kind of luck however lady luck gave us that goal so i'll take it, we looked better than them for most of the match

    It's sad that the only two achievements we have this season are not losing to them in a derby, and killing their hopes of an "invincibles" season.

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    On the one hand I think Mack is being a little too negative, but on the other I realise we have come to expect so little from this team.

    Agree the crossing was poor, but overall the performance was decent. I’m happy enough with that game should it be the last of what has been a pretty crap season overall.

    Edited by Generator

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    2 minutes ago, mack said:

    It's sad that the only two achievements we have this season are not losing to them in a derby, and killing their hopes of an "invincibles" season.

    i'll take what i can get :P but i agree, honestly we should have had a lot more shots on goal we did a lot of passing around and not much good shooting

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    1 minute ago, Generator said:

    On the one hand I think Mack is being a little too negative, but on the other I realise we have come to expect so little from this team.

    Agree the crossing was poor, but overall the performance was decent. I’m happy up with that game should it be the last of the season.

    I agree. Our problems up front were made worse by losing Muller. I'm ok with how we played..ok....a draw....could of been better....but you could say that about our last 3 seasons.

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    The last few games for the boys look pretty decent and hopefully they'll see some finals football.

    Western Union Money Transfer - AWAY
    Perth What's the story, morning Glory - HOME
    Melbourne Victards - HOME
    Central Coast Seabogans - AWAY
    Wellington Mythical Bird - HOME

    We can still make the finals, I worked it out on here: https://www.worldfootball.net/table_calculator/aus-a-league/

     

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    3 minutes ago, VedranRozic said:

    Not behd when you consider Shwegs and Muller out and Kamau’s rusty return from injury.  Cox was a bit limp though...

    (There I said it..)

    sometimes cox just has off nights........at least from what i have heard

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    Football is a funny game.

    Game 1 they were all over us....still don't know how we won

    Game 2  draw would have been a fair result but we won

    Game 3 we were the better team and could only (with luck ) get a draw.

    Still no complaint wish we could play them every week.

    Mack any other game I would agree but against the Smurfs the important thing is we don't lose

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    2 minutes ago, tardotz said:

    Football is a funny game.

    Game 1 they were all over us....still don't know how we won

    Game 2  draw would have been a fair result but we won

    Game 3 we were the better team and could only (with luck ) get a draw.

    Still no complaint wish we could play them every week.

    Mack any other game I would agree but against the Smurfs the important thing is we don't lose

    the only reason we didnt lose the first derby 1-6 was Lopar :P and a bit of post

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    3 minutes ago, Generator said:

    On the one hand I think Mack is being a little too negative, but on the other I realise we have come to expect so little from this team.

    Agree the crossing was poor, but overall the performance was decent. I’m happy enough with that game should it be the last of what has been a pretty crap season overall.

    2 minutes ago, EmMac said:

    I really have to disagree with this sentiment Mack. I thought we were the better side and i think if we'd had schwegler and müller we wouldve won it

    If you look at the stats I think the biggest differences were that we had 10 blocked shots to 2, we had 37 balls into the area to 18 and 7 corners to 3.

    And what did we get for all of those? We had 2 crosses completed vs 1. Our goal was a super fluke that needed two defensive deflections, with the ball falling into the feet of Cox, whose shot then bounced/deflected into the feet of Yeboah, which then deflected over Redmayne into goal.

    We looked better than we have in other matches, but it was still mediocre and in attack our wide play was abysmal.

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    The pressing as soon as the smurfs had the ball was quite good, we didn't let them think too much on the ball.

    Unfortunately young Russell fell asleep once for a moment and allowed Le Fondre to sneak one in.  But we kept going and trying and hassling relentlessly - I liked that.

    The quality of the crosses wasn't too good, but we didn't give up and got a lucky deflected equaliser which was deserved by that stage and in the last 10 minutes we kept going for the winner.

    Well done boys!  COYW!

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    Just got news that Yeboah is going to receive the Ballon D’Or and the Puskas award. Absolutely incredible player and we should re-sign him for another 4 seasons.

    Honestly can’t believe people are complaining about drawing against Sydney. The d*cks have caused us so much pain over the years. If you told me we wouldn’t lose to Sydney all season i would’ve said you are crazy.

    Duke should be signed up immediately. Work rate is incredible.

    Jurman tackle against Van De Sarg was pretty good. 

    Cox was a bit average but assisted the greatest goal of all time so you can’t fault him.

    Thought Tate Russel despite the goal was very good.

    So happy, I know we could’ve won but Sydney haven’t beaten us since 2018...

    To finish it off, please sign JP up for another season or 2. Lets hope we have a strong finish into the finals and maybe scrape in.

    Oh and also Baumjohann is 0-6 lol

     

    Edited by THEWANDERERSPOST

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    Great game yea we could have done better but geez we just drew with the leaders of the comp and could well have beaten them I see improvement each week , Russel great game I thought our defence overall was solid , baccus had big game 

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    This game just showed how vital Baccus is in our midfield...bossing out there despite not playing for the past three weeks

    Should have beat City last week, Should have beat the Smurfs tonight: We'll be the dark horses of the finals series if we can get in there...

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    28 minutes ago, THEWANDERERSPOST said:

    Just got news that Yeboah is going to receive the Ballon D’Or and the Puskas award. Absolutely incredible player and we should re-sign him for another 4 seasons.

    Honestly can’t believe people are complaining about drawing against Sydney. The d*cks have caused us so much pain over the years. If you told me we wouldn’t lose to Sydney all season i would’ve said you are crazy.

    Duke should be signed up immediately. Work rate is incredible.

    Jurman tackle against Van De Sarg was pretty good. 

    Cox was a bit average but assisted the greatest goal of all time so you can’t fault him.

    Thought Tate Russel despite the goal was very good.

    So happy, I know we could’ve won but Sydney haven’t beaten us since 2018...

    To finish it off, please sign JP up for another season or 2. Lets hope we have a strong finish into the finals and maybe scrape in.

    Oh and also Baumjohann is 0-6 lol

     

    Watch again the goal against us Tate Russell was a little at fault but the goal was created by affording Ninkovic the whole half without any pressure. Baccus was caught too high and JOD wasn't in a position to cover both his and Baccus space. I place the fault on those 2. It was the only mistake they made the whole game otherwise they did quiet well

    Edited by Sithslayer1991

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    15 minutes ago, Keithie said:

    Great game yea we could have done better but geez we just drew with the leaders of the comp and could well have beaten them I see improvement each week , Russel great game I thought our defence overall was solid , baccus had big game 

    No Schwegler or Muller either. 

    Plus was Georgievski didn't get sent off.

     

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    Was it me or did the Smurfs give us almost too much respect. Its almost like a mental thing for them that we are the only to beat them this season and despite making those 2 chances in the first half they didn't really impose themselves and just kinda let us boss the game. If we face them in the finals with Schwegler and Mueller we will very likely beat them... IF we make it that is the draw just doesn't help us but we got Fraudsters next and we absolutely need to beat them and we haven't as of yet 

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    Bit harsh Mack, we were the better team however, our final ball was dreadful, georgievski crossing was shocking did he complete a ball to Wanderers player all night 

    duke was excellent, and for all his faults we are a far better side with the Parklea Messi 

    not a bad effort without our two best outfield players 

    we can still make the finals, and no reason we can’t steal it in the finals

    keep positive mofos 

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    42 minutes ago, Sithslayer1991 said:

    Was it me or did the Smurfs give us almost too much respect. Its almost like a mental thing for them that we are the only to beat them this season and despite making those 2 chances in the first half they didn't really impose themselves and just kinda let us boss the game. If we face them in the finals with Schwegler and Mueller we will very likely beat them... IF we make it that is the draw just doesn't help us but we got Fraudsters next and we absolutely need to beat them and we haven't as of yet 

    Smurfs have peaked as well as Perth

    The two form teams since R21 are the Pussycats and the Nix. 

    We need Perth to beat the Fraudsters and we need to beat them as well. The Fraudsters have multiple players on 4 yellows as follows: Risdon, Durante, Pain, and Jertec so let's hope that most pick up their fifth yellow.

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    Our goal was lucky Yeboah didn't have a clue what happened......but watching again the shot from Cox was going to miss by a mile 😃😃😃😃😃

    Who cares  we are due some luck 🍾

    Edited by tardotz

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    I feel as if another cleanout is around the corner and the gains we've made in the last few matches will be lost for next season and we're starting all over again.

    Anyway after the Kogarah derby we have them rattled, they'd be praying we don't make the 6 because we're sending them home.

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    Great credit to our side for their commitment and some impressive, fast passing, but we need to keep going forward. Still worried about some of the defensive coverage and thought Kamau should have come on earlier.

    Cannot agree with Phil Micallef's comments that most fans would not agree with football continuing! We have little else to look forward to in these difficult times, and while it is still possible to play on I think most of us welcome it. Without a crowd I think it is a far better spectacle than AFL, while the number of dunderheads playing NRL will ensure they have enough positive tests to cancel their season, soon.

     

     

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    8 hours ago, mack said:

    If you look at the stats I think the biggest differences were that we had 10 blocked shots to 2, we had 37 balls into the area to 18 and 7 corners to 3.

    And what did we get for all of those? We had 2 crosses completed vs 1. Our goal was a super fluke that needed two defensive deflections, with the ball falling into the feet of Cox, whose shot then bounced/deflected into the feet of Yeboah, which then deflected over Redmayne into goal.

    We looked better than we have in other matches, but it was still mediocre and in attack our wide play was abysmal.

    Its all relative. We're not Barcelona. But taking a bigger picture view, of us in the Aleague comp, we're playing okay, better than under babs, and we can see some areas of improvement.

    :unknw: I'm okay with the result. I'm more concerned with our performance against Brisbane where we seemed to buckle under the pressure they exerted

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    9 hours ago, HollowedHeart said:

    sometimes cox just has off nights........at least from what i have heard

    He struggles to get up for some games.

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