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    Bridge Blasts Wanderers To Summit Of A-League


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    A late goal to Mark Bridge gave the Wanderers a 1-0 win in torrential rain against Melbourne Victory at Parramatta Stadium in Round 6.

     

    82 minutes into the game substitute Labinot Haliti turned Adrian Leijer inside out before rifling a ball across the 6 yard box to the back post, the unmarked Bridge couldn't miss from point blank range in front of the RBB to record a famous win for the home side in front of a soggy but raucous crowd of over 15,500 spectators.

     

    Prior to the match intrigue abounded when it was revealed that Michael Beauchamp had once again been left out of the match day squad, with Matthew Spiranovic staying put after his good performance against Melbourne Heart the week prior. In additional factoid was that the Australian National Team squad were watching on from the stands along with their new manager, ex-Victory man Ange Postecoglou.

     

    Melbourne Victory held the ascendancy for much of the first half, dominating possession and the best chances. Connor Pain provided the best of the half, delivering a low cross to the front stick, the ball bobbling into the air as the Western Sydney defence failed to clear. Mitch Nichols headed it down into the path of Australian international player Archie Thompson but the Victory striker could only manage to toe-poke the ball wide from a meter out.

     

    5 minutes before half time Shannon Cole had the pick of the few chances the Wanderers created. He received a through ball from Bridge after it went past Santalab, with only Coe to beat from a reasonable angle Cole tried to cut the ball back across goal for Santalab instead of taking on a shot. Thompson, Bridge and Troisi each fired shots in the last minutes of the half but they were well wide.

     

    The second half saw the Wanderers work their way back into the match. Tony Popovic brought on Haliti & Tahj Minniecon to immediate effect, they energised the Red & Black warriors on the attack, while Spiranovic, Iacopo La Rocca & Nikolai Topor-Stanley kept the Victory offence locked up while defending. Santalab was put through on goal only to take one touch too many and overcook the chance. Cole had a free kick that he curled over the wall and onto the crossbar for a goal kick and La Rocca took aim from long range and skied his effort.

     

    Mark Bridge had one chance when he turned in and away on the Victory defence but sliced his shot at the near post, but a minute later he was on the end of the Haliti cross and buried the only goal of the game. Melbourne had precious little time to mount a comeback and weren't able to unlock the league leading defence to snatch a point at the death.

     

    The win put the Wanderers on top of the A-League Premiership ladder, 2 points clear of Brisbane Roar in 2nd. Mark Bridge got off the mark, Western Sydney are the only unbeaten team, a regular season unbeaten streak of 18 matches.

     

    The Wanderers next match is against the Brisbane Roar on Friday the 22nd of November at Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane.

     

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    What a night sitting next to the victory fans..... That last 10 mins , in the rain , goes down as one of the best momens at wanderland

     

    3 points, clean sheet, thanks for coming

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    Desperately wanted to cheer the boys home and get the whole stadium rocking with a WDWSF cause it was buzzing after that goal except got stuck singing a f*cking your mum joke the whole time.

    follow the capo dont like it piss off

    What a night sitting next to the victory fans..... That last 10 mins , in the rain , goes down as one of the best momens at wanderland

     

    3 points, clean sheet, thanks for coming

    message me what happend at the start

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    South Terrace baiting away fans... And they bit.

    They definitely did. Look I was in that bay, and love a bit of banter, but I think we should maybe tone it back a bit, maybe be more sly with some chants and banners. Despite enjoying the fence rush against Adelaide, I can't stop but think it wasn't a good idea tonight, nor will it be against any large supporter bases. I liked it; but it's just more likely to cause issues.

     

    Either way, amazing night at wanderland.

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    Yeah those attendance figures were bullshit, at least 16k there. What a night, when we scored I jumped over three rows of seats and almost over the fence. Brilliant stuff, a wet terrace is a wild terrace

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    i initially thought the tifo was about boris lifting the bar or something like that but after reading the mvfc forums i realised it was about them. They arent too happy about it.

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    Personally I thought we were great in the stands. Would like to say a big thanks and well done to the capos. Can't do much about the whole stadium WDYSF when the stands were too absorbed in what was happening on the field.

    Great moments when the goal went in, jumping into the aisle and hugging total randoms...

     

    Excellent Tifo.

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    i initially thought the tifo was about boris lifting the bar or something like that but after reading the mvfc forums i realised it was about them. They arent too happy about it.

    Does anyone have a picture of it? Please post it.

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    Desperately wanted to cheer the boys home and get the whole stadium rocking with a WDWSF cause it was buzzing after that goal except got stuck singing a f*cking your mum joke the whole time.

    Its a great song. dont like it, dont sign. simple.

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    Personally I thought we were great in the stands. Would like to say a big thanks and well done to the capos. Can't do much about the whole stadium WDYSF when the stands were too absorbed in what was happening on the field.

    Great moments when the goal went in, jumping into the aisle and hugging total randoms...

     

    Excellent Tifo.

    Wasnt the 3rd wdwsf aimed at South? Certainly the reason those around us didnt join in. Just thought south didnt notice coz we had a corner at that moment.

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    Personally I thought we were great in the stands. Would like to say a big thanks and well done to the capos. Can't do much about the whole stadium WDYSF when the stands were too absorbed in what was happening on the field.

    Great moments when the goal went in, jumping into the aisle and hugging total randoms...

    Excellent Tifo.

    Wasnt the 3rd wdwsf aimed at South? Certainly the reason those around us didnt join in. Just thought south didnt notice coz we had a corner at that moment.

    Yes, I thought so.

     

     

    i initially thought the tifo was about boris lifting the bar or something like that but after reading the mvfc forums i realised it was about them. They arent too happy about it.

     

    Does anyone have a picture of it? Please post it.

     

    https://pbs.twimg.com/media/BZME4azCYAASdqs.jpg:large

    Thank you!

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    The amount of time spent on anti-victory chants was ridiculous. Are we there to support our team or to get in a dick measuring contest with our opponents?

     

    Why did we then chant streets of western sydney after the final whistle? Would have seemed the perfect way to see out the last 10minutes.

     

    Other than that, I thought a call to arms was awesome, and we unite as one sounded great! And it was heaps of the fun in the rain too!

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    Personally I thought we were great in the stands. Would like to say a big thanks and well done to the capos. Can't do much about the whole stadium WDYSF when the stands were too absorbed in what was happening on the field.

    Great moments when the goal went in, jumping into the aisle and hugging total randoms...

     

    Excellent Tifo.

    Wasnt the 3rd wdwsf aimed at South? Certainly the reason those around us didnt join in. Just thought south didnt notice coz we had a corner at that moment.
    Almost certain it was meant to be full stadium.

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    Personally I thought we were great in the stands. Would like to say a big thanks and well done to the capos. Can't do much about the whole stadium WDYSF when the stands were too absorbed in what was happening on the field.

    Great moments when the goal went in, jumping into the aisle and hugging total randoms...

     

    Excellent Tifo.

    Wasnt the 3rd wdwsf aimed at South? Certainly the reason those around us didnt join in. Just thought south didnt notice coz we had a corner at that moment.

     

     

    I thought it was full stadium but then I realised it might be one to the South but I wasn't sure... so... yeah.

     

     

     

    Personally I thought we were great in the stands. Would like to say a big thanks and well done to the capos. Can't do much about the whole stadium WDYSF when the stands were too absorbed in what was happening on the field.

    Great moments when the goal went in, jumping into the aisle and hugging total randoms...

     

    Excellent Tifo.

    Wasnt the 3rd wdwsf aimed at South? Certainly the reason those around us didnt join in. Just thought south didnt notice coz we had a corner at that moment.
    Almost certain it was meant to be full stadium.

     

     

    I got confused, I wasn't sure either.

     

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    Also what are the blue things in front of the banner in the "Raising the Bar you couldn't hold onto" thingy? I can't make them out.

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    Wet cold sore throat and I love this club.

     

    Probably not a clean performance due to rain but got the job done, let's hope Bridge's goal kick starts him into some form

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    Personally I thought we were great in the stands. Would like to say a big thanks and well done to the capos. Can't do much about the whole stadium WDYSF when the stands were too absorbed in what was happening on the field.

    Great moments when the goal went in, jumping into the aisle and hugging total randoms...

     

    Excellent Tifo.

    Wasnt the 3rd wdwsf aimed at South? Certainly the reason those around us didnt join in. Just thought south didnt notice coz we had a corner at that moment.

    I thought it was full stadium but then I realised it might be one to the South but I wasn't sure... so... yeah.

     

     

    Personally I thought we were great in the stands. Would like to say a big thanks and well done to the capos. Can't do much about the whole stadium WDYSF when the stands were too absorbed in what was happening on the field.

    Great moments when the goal went in, jumping into the aisle and hugging total randoms...

     

    Excellent Tifo.

    Wasnt the 3rd wdwsf aimed at South? Certainly the reason those around us didnt join in. Just thought south didnt notice coz we had a corner at that moment.
    Almost certain it was meant to be full stadium.

    I got confused, I wasn't sure either.

     

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    Also what are the blue things in front of the banner in the "Raising the Bar you couldn't hold onto" thingy? I can't make them out.

    Each one was a person looking up to the RBB figure lifting the bar. And each had a name of a Victory supporter group on it, the one closest to

    was Horda.

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    Oh! I thought they were security guards... and then I realised they were still so I was like, "why are they holding up blue things"

     

    Thanks for clearing it up! Makes it so much better now - I thought it was just a general "We are the best active supporter group in the country" shindig.

     

     

    Anyway, about the game - there were some moments that could've given me a heart attack. Like early last season, we seem to be over-playing the ball a lot - and I think if we can instil some confidence in our wide midfielders just to have a go, then I think that'd be better.

     

    Too many times tonight we tried to play it smart when maybe just blasting it into the top corner might've been the better option.

     

    Satisfied with the win though, awesome that Mark got a goal - should do wonders for his confidence!

     

     

    Also I'm assuming Beauchamp was out because he's not as good a ball player and passer as Spiranovic, and without a Dino or a Tomi up front who can win most of the aerial battles - we needed to play out from the back more.

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    Thought we were trying to walk the ball in to the net at times! A good few occasions it just needed someone to put their foot through the ball rather than an extra pass.

     

    Hersi would have made a massive difference in that game. Hope he is back next week, how long can you be out with a **** swollen big toe! We have done very well without him but we are a much better side with him.

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    South Terrace baiting away fans... And they bit.

    They definitely did. Look I was in that bay, and love a bit of banter, but I think we should maybe tone it back a bit, maybe be more sly with some chants and banners. Despite enjoying the fence rush against Adelaide, I can't stop but think it wasn't a good idea tonight, nor will it be against any large supporter bases. I liked it; but it's just more likely to cause issues.

    Either way, amazing night at wanderland.

    I totally agree.... The fact that that away bay is positioned there between our fans is asking for trouble... I would give the 2 corner bays in the south, leave one bay empty next to that and have that corner section ( where they were tonight) empty on the other side ....that way no chance of someone rushing up like what happened tonight ( but it was dam good to watch)

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