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    Campbelltown Cup Calamity


    mack

    The Western Sydney Wanderers have thrown away a shot at the FFA Cup with a pathetic 2-1 loss at home in Sydney tonight. 

    Hayden Foxe rotated his starting lineup, introducing Jonathan Aspro, Jumpei Kusukami & Jacob Melling, and the newly introduced players looked well off the pace. It was Aspro at fault for the opening goal. After Baccus poked the ball away from Johan Absalonsen towards Aspro who made a complete mess of an attempted clearance, swinging at the air then knocking it into the path of the Danish attacker, who pounced on the loose defence to thread the ball around Vedran Janjetovic.

    The goal set the fuse on a powder keg, with Roly Bonevacia for the Wanderers & Isaias Sanchez for Adelaide both extremely lucky to have remained on the pitch, with Bonevacia hammering the back of an Adelaide player with his studs & Isias coming in with a harsh revenge tackle on Bonevacia. It was far from the only flashpoint in the match either, as Aspro found himself fortunate not to have been given 2 yellow cards in the space of a minute, and Jacob Melling escaping with the sanction of a foul for a horror two footed lunge as he raced Jordan Elsey to a loose ball.

    Oriol Riera should have continued his goalscoring streak 5 minutes after the break, as he finally recieved a decent cross from the wing. He leapt above the Adelaide defence and with a practically open goal to aim for he fired the bullet header wide.

    Daniel Adlung doubled the visitors advantage upon the hour mark, as the Wanderers defence backed off Adlung unleashed a rocket from 25 meters out that curved from outside the line of the goal, crashed into the far post and rippled the goal netting.

    70 minutes in and Wanderers substitute Brendon Santalab won a penalty after being taken down by Isaias. Santalab took the penalty he earned and gracefully tapped the ball home panenka style to make it 2-1.

    With Hayden Fox having taking off Riera who was the only real Wanderers aerial threat, they were reduced to the same glacial back & forth wasting of possession that marked their dismal performances of last season. Baccus, Herd, Bridge & co recycled possession side to side and back to the central defence, Cejudo was reduced to no look flicks & tricks that failed to penetrate the Adelaide 5 man backline and the home side made precious few chances. Late on the Wanderers won a corner that even Vedran Janjetovic went up for, but it was all for nothing. The Wanderers finished the game 60% possession but just two shots on target, one of which was the penalty.

    Adelaide United progress to the final of the FFA Cup for the second time in their history, and they will face last years beaten finalists Sydney FC. The game has for me, cemented the fact that the Wanderers will leave Foxe back in his previous coaching role when they do determine who they will sign full time, and that figuring out who should get the nod needs to happen by the end of the week.

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    Least with popovic gone we can finally get some decent attackers stop relying on aerial crap roly is no cam 

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    I can’t stand our attacks possession play we look like a dog eating peanut butter ........and jumpei can we just leave him at Newcastle on the weekend 

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    Terrible FFA scheduling, 2 games in 4 nights... The boys were gassed by the 70th.. I there was a moment where I just had to laugh when the players couldn't run and all you see was Santa tracking back.. 

    We left in 2 soft goals.. 1st one was aspro eff up.. And the 2nd goal, we gave the shooter so much space and no one putting pressure on the shooter.. 

    I've also noticed throughout our 4 games this season, we seem to ALWAYS drop off after the 70th and we're just too tired to attack and we just sit back.. It is VERY CONCERNING moving forward.. With Popa, we used to be a team known for and built for fitness and endurance. I feel now with Foxe, he's gone complacent in that area and will totally affect the players.. 

    Whoever our new coach will he, I hope that will be the main thing we work on. 

    Look at Adelaide, I remember hearing an interview with their new coach where he was surprised in a bad way with Adelaide's standard of fitness.. He rectified that  as soon as he arrived and look at Adelaide now.. They're always a threat toward the end of the game. 

     

    Out of the 6 years watching this club, I've honestly never seen our team so bad in terms of our fitness and endurance.. I remember during our club world cup season where we played 2 games in 3 days, we still had the endurance.. 

    #fitness #fitness #fitness 

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    The Spaniards looked cooked ... maybe the game in Saturday took too much out of them and should not have started. 

    Foxe in the pre game interview kept on saying he picks his team on the loads/stats .... definitely didn't work today. He also needs to realise that in a cup tie, when down with 15 mins to go you don't swap  strikers...you add a striker. He needs to go back to being the assistant he still has a lot to learn before becoming a head coach.

    The distractions are now over....appoint the new coach and let's move on.

    In a way at least we won't be paying another small fortune to the FFA for the final.

     

     

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    It was actually one of our best attacking performances, apart from the finishing. Risdon was an absolute beast, Jumpei played pretty well too. 

    Apart from Aspro's brain fade and Oreo's miss, the big thing for me was taking Jumpei off instead of Cejudo. Cejudo was absolutely cooked and pretty much didn't make an accurate pass for the last twenty minutes. Jumpei meanwhile was earning a foul every time he got it. 

    Not too concerned, obviously that performance could use some improvement, but it wasn't disastrous. To be honest, the FFA cup is one of those competitions that once you're out of it, doesn't seem that important. It would have been nice to win, but if we finish on top of the league at the end of the year I won't be shedding a single tear about this game. 

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    The fact that our last two games were only three days apart made the difference in refereeing performances even more stark. We went from a referee that went out of his way to protect the FFA's darlings, to one which let us get away with murder to set up a FFA payday derby. It was really weird seeing Peter Green not screwing us.

    Melling should have been sent off, Roly could have been, Risdon should have been booked for the scissor tackle thing he did on the wing and we got a penalty that was softer than the Carny pen on Saturday.

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    6 minutes ago, Davo said:

    The fact that our last two games were only three days apart made the difference in refereeing performances even more stark. We went from a referee that went out of his way to protect the FFA's darlings, to one which let us get away with murder to set up a FFA payday derby. It was really weird seeing Peter Green not screwing us.

    Melling should have been sent off, Roly could have been, Risdon should have been booked for the scissor tackle thing he did on the wing and we got a penalty that was softer than the Carny pen on Saturday.

    Don't forget Aspro's mad minute.

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    8 minutes ago, Davo said:

    The fact that our last two games were only three days apart made the difference in refereeing performances even more stark. We went from a referee that went out of his way to protect the FFA's darlings, to one which let us get away with murder to set up a FFA payday derby. It was really weird seeing Peter Green not screwing us.

    Melling should have been sent off, Roly could have been, Risdon should have been booked for the scissor tackle thing he did on the wing and we got a penalty that was softer than the Carny pen on Saturday.

    Yep....and with us in attack, he awarded almost an additional minute of extra time.

    Blatant really.

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    Deserved nothing tonight, lots of huff and puff but not enough quality when it mattered. 

    Has any of of squad played futsal? I doubt it. A few times we had a chance to toe pack it in the box but spent too much time trying to get a perfect shot. 

    That challenge from melling was disgusting he should have been sent. 

    The penalty was an absolute softness even santa didn't appeal

    congrats Adelaide - now go win the cup 

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    2 minutes ago, GunnerWanderer said:

    Deserved nothing tonight, lots of huff and puff but not enough quality when it mattered. 

    Has any of of squad played futsal? I doubt it. A few times we had a chance to toe pack it in the box but spent too much time trying to get a perfect shot. 

    That challenge from melling was disgusting he should have been sent. 

    The penalty was an absolute softness even santa didn't appeal

    congrats Adelaide - now go win the cup 

    :good:

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    Fox on the run. Swt. Saturday we blew but tonight we were given a home lesson by a much better and composed squad. Since we revert to back and side passing then mistake why wouldn't they let us keep the ball. Hard for me to be disappointed since there was little glimmer from the first ball of anything else. Melling for me did some way good things and if we could bottle Santas mongrel otherwise show us the coach. 

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    Just didn’t look up for it at all from the first whistle.

    Looked like a preseason warm up game rather than a cup semi.

    Aspro had a shocker and probably answered my post before as to why he has dropped to CB option 4.

    Cejudo played everything wrong in the last 30 mins, should of went off instead of Jumpie.

    And what’s happened to Bridge, came on and looks really off the pace. I can’t believe I’m saying this but would rather have Sotirio over bridge at the moment.

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    when has our team ever been the pinnacle of fitness? we always die in the arse. since season two - how many times have we conceded late goals? every second game we seem to run out of puff and let the opposition in. sometimes like in the derby we're able score a few before capitulating?

     

    i think our record of superior fitness is a myth.  just because the boys are trained the hardest, doesn't mean it translates into the game. 

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    7 hours ago, wswnick said:

    Shocking performance. No fight at all. If the ref wasn't completely on our side we would have been down to 8 men.

    I get what you mean but, no fight but we should have had a couple sent off

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    Isais smacking Santa across the chops is soft? A free kick / penalty any day of the week. 

    Shoot farkin should be hit the target farkin. Did Izzo even make a save? 

    I was a bit surprised at Reria being subbed, especially so early in the half. He didn't look hurt or spent. His work rate was down in the weekend, but he wasn't exactly getting the same service either. Surely pairing Santa and your goal a game striker - even for a short time - when you're chasing the game was worth a shot?

    Sorry FFA, you don't get your derby wet dream final. 

     

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    Last night was like a season 2016-17 tribute band 

    - orange road worker shirt

    - defensive calamity to hand them a goal

    - missed sitters

    - aimless passing along the back line when there was 2 mins to chase a game

    - The little sand wedge chips into the box rather than shooting 

    - Jumpei beating his man running length of the field only to then stop come back inside and lose the ball 

    - short free kicks then played backwards so rather than attacking we end up with Vedran having to lump it back to where we started 

    - short goal kick that went out for a throw in 

    overall I feel positive about season I think this squad can do something but the glass half empty side of me

    - we have only played well first half against perth and sydney otherwise it’s been patchy

    - while we haven’t lost in the league in 3 we have only won 1

    three tough away games coming up to see where we are at

    Not having a manager doesn’t help 

     

     

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