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    Bonevacia Leads Wanderers To Victory


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    A 3-1 win for the Western Sydney Wanderers has continued their mini-revival, with their second win in a row keeping them within touching distance of the Newcastle Jets on the A-League ladder.

    Adelaide kicked off on a perfect evening for football, Adelaide in 4th place wearing their all red kit, and the Wanderers in 8th and their change black kit. Adelaide set the tone of the game early, with Isaías scything down Roly Bonevacia from behind with a disgraceful kick out. The referee awarded a foul but not the clearly deserved yellow card.

    The home side went to the professional foul well once too often and they were punished by the Wanderers after 10 minutes. George Blackwood gave away the foul and then was beaten all ends up on the resultant cross by his marker Oriol Riera, the cross from Bonevacia found the big strikers head on the edge of the 6 yard box, Adelaide keeper Izzo stayed on his line and Riera found the back of the net for his first goal of 2019.

    Kris Griffiths Jones managed to insert himself into the game from his VAR position shortly after the goal. Despite the centre official waving away a soft penalty shout, he was called to the sideline by the VAR and his decision was over-turned. Brendan Hamill had stuck out a foot to try and block an incoming cross, he missed Jordy Thomassen only for the Dutch striker to dive over Hamill's leg. Justice was done from the penalty spot, with Goodwin's awful penalty being saved to Vedran Janjetovic's right side.

    After half an hour of backs to the wall defending for Western Sydney, Janjetovic cancelled out his penalty save with another example of poor goalkeeping this season. An aimless Adelaide cross from Jakobsen was nowhere near the attacking players, Vedran leapt into the air, but instead of simply catching the ball he 'punched', for lack of a better term, with the ball dribbling about 3 yards forward into the pitch, Ryan Kitto ran onto the ball, got to it before the Wanderers defence could react and he smashed it past a stationary Janetovic.

    Replays showed that Thomassen was in an offside position when the cross was taken, and subsequently he knocked into Brendan Hamill, unfortunately as is the normal case with the linesman when the Wanderers play Adelaide, they ignored the offside, and then the VAR didn't bother checking. After such a huge fuss was made about Jaushua Sotiro's "offside" offence in the first Sydney Derby, surely if the VAR was being consistent Thomassen would have been called offside on review and the goal chalked off.

    The Wanderers regained their lead with a goal very much against the run of play 10 minutes after the interval. A right side throw-in from Tate Russel rolled through for Roly Bonevacia, and he took an invitation to run into the Adelaide defence and fire a strike that took a heavy deflection from an attempted block, leaving Paul Izzo wrong-footed and unable to even attempt a save.

    The visitors took a commanding 3-1 lead 20 minutes from full time. Roly Bonevacia, having an absolutely storming game, was found by a Riera flick-on, the midfielder watched the ball drop then hit an elevated through ball for the excellent run of Abraham Majok and with Izzo rushing out the young striker perfectly executed a lob that dropped gracefully into the empty net.

    Bonevacia could have had a double right before stoppage time, as he went on a length of the field sprinting dribble into the Adelaide penalty area only to have his attempted nutmeg shot blocked by Izzo, the rebound kept out again and a lay off to Majok being slightly overhit and not giving him a chance to put away the fourth. Adelaide pressed hard, and despite a number of Wanderers going down with cramp, the Red & Black held their lead, refusing to even give up a consolation goal. The clear man of the match was Bonevacia, who arguably had his best game at the club since his arrival. Markus Babbel had said in the media that he would refuse to give away the rest of the season, and it appears his mentality has filtered down onto the pitch tonight.

    The Wanderers have closed the gap to Newcastle Jets in 7th to 6 points, and face Perth Glory at the Sydney Showground Homebush next Sunday the 24th at 7pm.

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    6 minutes ago, Smoggy said:

    lol..we moan about player turnover..a player puts in a shift like tonight..and pretty much puts in the biggest shift of anyone this season and meh...ship him out, let him turn it on elsewhere cause we will get a better replacement ...sounds familiar...there are many more players that need to be shown the door before you get to Roly...

    You're not wrong. Its a frustrating situation but after he's been involved in 2 dire seasons, you have to question his longevity. 

    Foreign recruitment is a huge risk. Guys Pio should have destroyed this league based on his play at Eibar. We could absolutely replace him with another Pio. But it is insanity to do the same thing over and over and expect a different result. Babbel made it clear Roly was the best pick of a bad bunch, so much so he was moved to a position he has never played. I trust Babbel for foreign recruitment where I never trusted Popa.

    Treat each situation in context. I prefer to let Babbel go find the cattle that will drive us forward

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    Two things... 

    How does Majok play football, he's not very good at it. 

    Harper really had an issue with us tonight. I generally don't mind him at all but 90% of his opinions of our play /players had strong negativity in them. Really odd. 

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    2 minutes ago, Upthehill said:

    You're not wrong. Its a frustrating situation but after he's been involved in 2 dire seasons, you have to question his longevity. 

    Foreign recruitment is a huge risk. Guys Pio should have destroyed this league based on his play at Eibar. We could absolutely replace him with another Pio. But it is insanity to do the same thing over and over and expect a different result. Babbel made it clear Roly was the best pick of a bad bunch, so much so he was moved to a position he has never played. I trust Babbel for foreign recruitment where I never trusted Popa.

    Treat each situation in context. I prefer to let Babbel go find the cattle that will drive us forward

    I would extremely surprised if we kept Llorente or Riera so there are two visa spots right there.ABJ is no certainty either as there are other A League clubs that will pay him good money. Going to be an interesting off season.

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    1 minute ago, sonar said:

    I would extremely surprised if we kept Llorente or Riera so there are two visa spots right there.ABJ is no certainty either as there are other A League clubs that will pay him good money. Going to be an interesting off season.

    Llorente is gone and Riera has already checked out in his head.

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    26 minutes ago, Smoggy said:

    lol..we moan about player turnover..a player puts in a shift like tonight..and pretty much puts in the biggest shift of anyone this season and meh...ship him out, let him turn it on elsewhere cause we will get a better replacement ...sounds familiar..

    I couldn't agree more Smoggy.

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    13 minutes ago, sonar said:

    I would extremely surprised if we kept Llorente or Riera so there are two visa spots right there.ABJ is no certainty either as there are other A League clubs that will pay him good money. Going to be an interesting off season.

    I spoke to an agent friend this week. ABJ's apparently having trouble convincing clubs of his fitness, and so he should. He played 7 games in 2 seasons then came to us he where has had one short injury and one extended one. He's got massive potential in this league, but clubs will want to know he can start 80% of games. He's heavily weighted as an attacking midfielder, he shouldnt be burning out and picking up niggles constantly.

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    38 minutes ago, matty said:

    Two things... 

    How does Majok play football, he's not very good at it. 

    Harper really had an issue with us tonight. I generally don't mind him at all but 90% of his opinions of our play /players had strong negativity in them. Really odd. 

    Surely that was mainly in the first half - and the same was being said here??

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    I generally don't mind him at all

    Yay! Matty, Wanderboy (I'm pretty sure) and I think he's OK. :xbop:

    And 2 of those 3 opinions count for something! :D

     

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    We know there is going to be massive turn over close season...Llorente, Riera, Hamill not good enough, Elrich, ABJ uncertain, Majok hmmm,  the kids although doing ok will need to step back a bit at some point....we know all this...for mine you keep someone like Roly to get some consistency and build something from...but anyway..if he goes to Perth good luck..

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    Considering Perth will probably win the Plate from here, Glory will have Champions League football next year which would be a big incentive for Roly to move over there.

    Might be too late to throw money at him now.

     

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    It’s utterly thrilled we didn’t shoot our selves in foot for once 

    Adelaide rarely threatened with any great intent for Vedran to do much 

    People spoke of roly agree with all that great game but also Tass and Tate another great showing and Baccus when he stays focus like that is an asset 

    nothing to get excited of 2 wins after a season of dogshit feels nice but long way to go 

     

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    1 hour ago, wendybr said:

    Surely that was mainly in the first half - and the same was being said here??

    Yay! Matty, Wanderboy (I'm pretty sure) and I think he's OK. :xbop:

    And 2 of those 3 opinions count for something! :D

     

    No, all game long. Listen to some of a replay if you can, I don't think it's just me. 

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    8 minutes ago, matty said:

    No, all game long. Listen to some of a replay if you can, I don't think it's just me. 

    I'll trust your opinion, Matty, as you say you don't generally find him to be biased, but you detected something unusual in his approach tonight.

    I didn't listen particularly closely.

    He was definitely critical at times in a way that I thought was fair enough - we've had a poor season, which he referred to, and which is undeniable. 

    I generally observe that he will be balanced - critical where it's fair enough, and complimentary - of any team.

     

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    Refereeing incidents misswd

    Early tackle by Roly by Isaias: reckless yellow card should have issued

    After the rack of Roly's face: unsportsmanlike conduct at best (yellow) or Abusive gestures/intimidation by Jakobsen (red)

    Goodwin swearing (telling him to f*** o**) at Riera and it was close enough for Elder to hear. Straight red.

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    8 hours ago, mack said:

    Babbel in the post-game about Majok, "he can do fantastic things, but also sometimes the touch is longer than I can shoot, but this is abe."

    Lol he can do amazing things...he generally only needs two touches to take the ball the whole length of the pitch., whether he intends it or not. My wife has a better first touch than him.

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    Look very happy with the result and Roly's performance, but...going into half time could not help feel the red wave of pressure was going to steam roller us in the second half.

    Again we could not seem to get the ball off the other team, when we did have the ball 3, 4 passes and we coughed the ball up easily with errant wayward passing, seen too much of this this season, being noted many times JOD & KB together lots of running but end product is below expectation.

    Sorry to bring doom & gloom this morning, but Adelaide did not show second half, but we did put in a better shift in the second part of the game, so i'll salute the players for never giving up to get that win, let's continue with that mindset next week.

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    For all his weaknesses this season Riera played a decent game, scored the much needed opener. Worked hard in the first half, dropping as deep as an 8 to move the ball upfield when we were bogged down. Should have put away the second, but on balance, a better performance.

    Roly dominated Isais and that was the story of the night. Duke hardened the team up, and Baccus and the back 4 closed down the dangers in 2nd half. 

    O'dougherty had a weak game and was in no mans land for much of the time when we defended. 

    2 in a row and no late collapse, gotta be happy with that. 

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    17 minutes ago, FCB said:

    We played with 2.5 imports and five youngsters. Our defense is a collection of the young, the slow, and the error-prone. Only very few of last night's team can expect to be around next season, or to be starting players.

    Yeah was thinking about this while watching. No need to pick your Josh Risdons for the rest of the year. In other years when we haven't been in the race for the plate we have been trying to force our way into the stupid top 6. This year we can concentrate fully on getting the team better for next year. That doesn't mean that we dump every player who won't be here, but the goal should definitely be getting the young guys ready so they can play roles - mainly supporting ones! - next year.

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    36 minutes ago, Smoggy said:

    Lol he can do amazing things...he generally only needs two touches to take the ball the whole length of the pitch., whether he intends it or not. My wife has a better first touch than him.

    My jocks have a better feel for the ball.

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    9 hours ago, Smoggy said:

    We know there is going to be massive turn over...

    We know this is true - but jeez I hope that this is the ABSOLUTE LAST season we say it!  :unsure:

    I'd really love a team that we basically know from one season to the next....well... more or less.

     

     

     

    But I guess you blokes would have less to discuss/speculate on during the off season - lol.

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    I could write a Thesis on the going ons with Actives last night. But that would breach anonymity. And I've only had two coffee's. Insanity is too mild an adjective. Watching the game on my phone eating pizza was not the plan when booking Adelaide three months ago. 

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    8 minutes ago, wendybr said:

    We know this is true - but jeez I hope that this is the ABSOLUTE LAST season we say it!  :unsure:

    I'd really love a team that we basically know from one season to the next....well... more or less.

     

     

     

    But I guess you blokes would have less to discuss/speculate on during the off season - lol.

    No need to speculate this year..FCB has the inside track and is besties with MB.

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    13 minutes ago, wendybr said:

    We know this is true - but jeez I hope that this is the ABSOLUTE LAST season we say it!  :unsure:

    I'd really love a team that we basically know from one season to the next....well... more or less.

     

     

     

    But I guess you blokes would have less to discuss/speculate on during the off season - lol.

    Unfortunately the salary cap will make a big turnaround of players the norm.

    IF for instance we have a really good season the players could/would expect a pay rise.......get better offers from cashed up overseas clubs.....or better offers from other HAL clubs.....especially the young guns. Without being too negative to the HAL we are a proving ground for overseas clubs with more finances to pick and choose the best from. 

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    2 minutes ago, sonar said:

    Unfortunately the salary cap will make a big turnaround of players the norm.

    IF for instance we have a really good season the players could/would expect a pay rise.......get better offers from cashed up overseas clubs.....or better offers from other HAL clubs.....especially the young guns. Without being too negative to the HAL we are a proving ground for overseas clubs with more finances to pick and choose the best from. 

    I remember that happened once before ............

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    Know where news limited sit with us. 

    At a coffee shop for breakfast with the Sunday Terrorgraph. The Football section has stories on the Smurfs (w-league) which is ok but a story comparing ivanovic being compared to Beckham compared to our single column. F***w**s

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    You can summarise Andy Harper’s commentary bias last night by looking at his drooling sycophantic praise for that thug Isaias. Such a dirty player but Harps ignores the blatant and cynical ways he cuts players down and then tries to manipulate the ref and just praises his wondrous, fully-imported Spanish goodness. Tosser 

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