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    City Crunched 3-0


    mack

    The Western Sydney Wanderers won a comprehensive 3-0 victory over an inspid Melbourne City tonight at the Homebush Olympic Stadium.

    It was a cold and blustery night at Homebush for the visit of Melbourne City. The game began with both teams trying to establish their midfield, the first major chance of the night coming in the 8th minute as City worked the ball wide for a cross that deflected into the 6 yard box, Brendan Hamill beating Florin Berenguer to knock the ball for a corner. Shortly after Shayon Harrison blasted a 20 yard left footed strike that Vedran Janjetovic turned away with a one handed save.

    Roly Bonevacia responded in the 11th minute for the Wanderers. Mitch Duke ran into the right channel, launched it back across into the penalty area, a flick on from Oriol Riera presented a chance for Bonevacia but he blazed over. Rashid Mahazi had a shot from a long way out in the 17th minute that was powerful but well wide.

    Kwame Yeboah had his first impact from a well worked Wanderers corner. Bonevacia laid the ball in along the by-line for Riera, his deft touch turned the ball backwards into the path of Yeboah who fired a fierce shot that looked like it was heading for the back of the net if not for a deflection from a City defender.

    The Wanderers headed to the penalty spot just after the half-hour mark. Yeboah tip-toed into the penalty area before having his feet kicked out from under him by Rostyn Griffiths, it was quickly cleared by VAR and up stepped Oriol Riera to take the shot. Despite Western Sydney's previous woes from the spot, Riera sent Galekovic the wrong way with a perfect penalty into the bottom corner for a 1-0 lead to the home side. The rest of the half was a scrappy back and forth affair, both sides copping yellow cards for strong challenges in the midfield.

    Only a couple of minutes into the second half Ritchie De Laet should have equalised for Melbourne City. An aimless ball into the middle managed to get past the entire Wanderers defence and fell to the fullback, he ran onto the ball and struck it well only to skim the edge of the far post.

    Against the run of play the Wanderers doubled their lead. Half-time substitute Abraham Majok and Raul Llorente combined down the left flank, playing a pair of neat passes that gave Llorente open pasture, he summed up the situation and fizzed a low pass across the top of the City penalty area that found Mitch Duke in acres of space after taking advantage of a good Riera run to draw away the City defence. Duke gently placed the ball with a side foot volley that Galekovic had no chance of stopping.

    With 10 minutes to play the two sides got into a bit of a melee after Raul Llorente cut down a City attacker as they refused to kick the ball out with Yeboah down hurt on the pitch. It didn't progress past the stage of push & shove and verbal confrontations, Mahazi joining Llorente in the referees notebook. The Wanderers closed out the game strongly, with several chances coming after through late sub Alexander Baumjohann although with the A-League's 5000th goal just begging to be scored the Wanderers had to settle for just a 3-0 win.

    8 points adrift of Adelaide in 6th place, the win keeps the faint hopes of a finals position alive heading into the last handful of matches of the regular season. Western Sydney play Newcastle Jets in Newcastle on Saturday April 6th, in a clash that could determine the finals hopes of both sides.

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    Roly has obviously signed a contract  somewhere (Probably Perth, they must have a higher salary cap then us) 

    He has gone from a world beater 3 games ago to not seen in Wellington and replaced at halftime against MCFC.  

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    2 minutes ago, Keithie said:

    Roly has obviously signed a contract  somewhere (Probably Perth, they must have a higher salary cap then us) 

    He has gone from a world beater 3 games ago to not seen in Wellington and replaced at halftime against MCFC.  

    I noticed that too.  Maybe he is carrying an injury?

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    6 minutes ago, Keithie said:

    Roly has obviously signed a contract  somewhere (Probably Perth, they must have a higher salary cap then us) 

    He has gone from a world beater 3 games ago to not seen in Wellington and replaced at halftime against MCFC.  

    Not yet but looks like his mind is in two places deciding what he should do. Hopefully he stays as i think Sydney FC will make a move for ABJ

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    Also had to shake my head at the numpty Fox commentator's remark regarding how one of the City players kept on running despite constantly getting chopped down.  Seriously, have to wonder what they are watching during the game sometimes.

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    14 minutes ago, LeeMarvin said:

    Also had to shake my head at the numpty Fox commentator's remark regarding how one of the City players kept on running despite constantly getting chopped down.  Seriously, have to wonder what they are watching during the game sometimes.

    Speedie.....'nuff said !!

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    On 31/03/2019 at 10:59 AM, beatsurrender said:

    The end of this season feels already done. These feel like pre-season games almost.

    We have now dropped to 2nd worse on the attendance ladder. Averaging under 8.5k. Only Mariners worse.  Even with the SOP factor that's embarrassing with the number of our members. :(

     

    The saddest thing about this is that we are no longer in a position to make fun of other clubs' crowds like Melbourne City and SFC.

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    20 minutes ago, Zakman said:

    The saddest thing about this is that we are no longer in a position to make fun of other clubs' crowds like Melbourne City and SFC.

    Why not? A terrible City or ESFC crowd is still terrible, independent of our crowds.

    The sad thing is that people can now make fun of our crowds.

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    39 minutes ago, Zakman said:

    The saddest thing about this is that we are no longer in a position to make fun of other clubs' crowds like Melbourne City and SFC.

    I hope the  club feel as embarrassed by it as those that show up each game do.

    Total disaster for three years.

    Needs to be some big changes next year (and not just new stadium)

    I’m with you, we are no position to criticise other teams when we are getting 7k crowds are likely to miss the finals for A second year 

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    21 minutes ago, Davo said:

    Why not? A terrible City or ESFC crowd is still terrible, independent of our crowds.

    The sad thing is that people can now make fun of our crowds.

    Something about throwing stones while standing in a greenhouse 

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    Even if the "great revival" becomes a reality next season and we do get the huge crowds again, other clubs can claim that our club is just as plastic as every other team and its just the novelty of a new stadium. It will take a few seasons to wear this off. There is a Greek saying that states (roughly translated), the storm shows who is the good sea captain. Well we just went through a storm and our captains sucked! 

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    WSW will always point to us having the 2nd highest membership numbers. That's money in the bank. Doesn't matter if people show up or not if they've all pre paid their tickets for the season.

    If anything, it just shows how much people cbf going to SOP every other week.

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    15 minutes ago, Zakman said:

    Even if the "great revival" becomes a reality next season and we do get the huge crowds again, other clubs can claim that our club is just as plastic as every other team and its just the novelty of a new stadium. It will take a few seasons to wear this off. There is a Greek saying that states (roughly translated), the storm shows who is the good sea captain. Well we just went through a storm and our captains sucked! 

    yes they will say that and they will be correct and it will be fully deserved and true.

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    16 minutes ago, Erebus said:

    WSW will always point to us having the 2nd highest membership numbers. That's money in the bank. Doesn't matter if people show up or not if they've all pre paid their tickets for the season.

    If anything, it just shows how much people cbf going to SOP every other week.

    Also, it hasn't been every other week. We have had weeks on end with no matches at our home stadiums when it barely fels like the season has started. The past 2 seasons (?) we haven't been at home until about round 5. Then soon after that matches are crammed in for a few weeks. Then split rounds and international breaks make it almost feel like the season is over.

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    The last time I enjoyed a home game was the semi against Roar. The last time I truly enjoyed an away game - atmosphere, performance, result and all - was the S5 4:1 in Gosford, when Tyson had himself sent off. That's a long time ago.

    I believe that some people appreciate the food at SOP. I don't go to football for the chow, but for the games. For me the whole SOP experience has been painful from back to front. Utter crap. The polar opposite of Parramatta.

    I would like to think that these three transitional years will be remembered as the darkest period of the club as time moves on. No idea if it will take time for the club to be rebooted next season, everyone will have their own thoughts about that. But I personally can't wait for SOP to disappear in the rear mirror, and for us to return to Parra Mk 2. We are nearly there.

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    55 minutes ago, FCB said:

    The last time I enjoyed a home game was the semi against Roar. The last time I truly enjoyed an away game - atmosphere, performance, result and all - was the S5 4:1 in Gosford, when Tyson had himself sent off. That's a long time ago.

    I believe that some people appreciate the food at SOP. I don't go to football for the chow, but for the games. For me the whole SOP experience has been painful from back to front. Utter crap. The polar opposite of Parramatta.

    I would like to think that these three transitional years will be remembered as the darkest period of the club as time moves on. No idea if it will take time for the club to be rebooted next season, everyone will have their own thoughts about that. But I personally can't wait for SOP to disappear in the rear mirror, and for us to return to Parra Mk 2. We are nearly there.

    We will have everything going for us next year

    - best stadium in the league 

    - biggest and best juniors area

    - headland of football

    - good manager 

    - training facilities etc

    Hopefully can show some ambition with the signings (in particular imports and marquees) and we will have a decent season 

    only time will tell how long the damage of sop years will take to fix. If we get a decent squad together and generate some interest with a name or two, maybe not long. If open up the new ground with a 5-0 derby defeat in front of sell our crowd, then much longer 

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    2 hours ago, Erebus said:

    WSW will always point to us having the 2nd highest membership numbers. That's money in the bank. Doesn't matter if people show up or not if they've all pre paid their tickets for the season.

    If anything, it just shows how much people cbf going to SOP every other week.

    This is always my reply to the 'bandwagon' comments. If it really was a bandwagon why are people still renewing.

    I honestly have not had a single intelligent reply to this question, not one.

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    53 minutes ago, hawks2767 said:

    This is always my reply to the 'bandwagon' comments. If it really was a bandwagon why are people still renewing.

    I honestly have not had a single intelligent reply to this question, not one.

    F.O.M.O.

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    3 hours ago, hawks2767 said:

    This is always my reply to the 'bandwagon' comments. If it really was a bandwagon why are people still renewing.

    I honestly have not had a single intelligent reply to this question, not one.

    People keep renewing because they don't want to risk the chance of missing out on a place a the new stadium. The hope that it will bring back the atmosphere and the game day experience we once had. 

    If next year is a dissapionment the membership numbers will go down. 

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    I get it, but the people who bag us don't get it.

    Hopefully JT running the show at WSW gets it too, with the unwanted SWS team coming in he has 1 season to nail the recruiting - if he stuffs up we sink.

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    36 minutes ago, hawks2767 said:

    I get it, but the people who bag us don't get it.

    Hopefully JT running the show at WSW gets it too, with the unwanted SWS team coming in he has 1 season to nail the recruiting - if he stuffs up we sink.

    Exactly. Unfortunately we live in a schadenfreude society. No matter how well we do next season on and off the field, others will always refer to the last 3 seasons which to them showed that our fans are as fickle as the rest and that Western Sydney fans being the most passionate was just an illusion. It is going to take a few seasons to get back that reputation.

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    I wonder if Keiren Baccus still has a soft spot for the Wanderers , he tried a few attempts at scoring on Saturday but as usual they all went high and wide :) 

    So during training during week in Melbourne Baccus took a shot on goal , well the ball went so wide it collected Jamie Maclaren and knocked him out cold for 3 minutes :xnod:

    So Maclaren misses the game against us due to concussion :good:how good is that 

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    12 minutes ago, Keithie said:

    I wonder if Keiren Baccus still has a soft spot for the Wanderers , he tried a few attempts at scoring on Saturday but as usual they all went high and wide :) 

    So during training during week in Melbourne Baccus took a shot on goal , well the ball went so wide it collected Jamie Maclaren and knocked him out cold for 3 minutes :xnod:

    So Maclaren misses the game against us due to concussion :good:how good is that 

    Nah. He realises now that Joyce is a shite coach.

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