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    Dismal 3-0 Defeat To Melbourne Victory


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    The Western Sydney Wanderers have been torn apart by clinical Melbourne Victory tonight at ANZ Stadium.

    Josep Gombau faced a selection headache in central defence which he looked to solve by shifting fullback Jack Clisby into the heart of defence alongside Michael Thwaite. Marcelo Carrusca was elevated to the starting lineup with Roly Bonevacia forming an attacking midfield duo. 

    The changes did little to help the Wanderers on either side of the ball. After a half-hour of back & forth ineptitude from both sides, where neither side could do much to challenge the goalkeepers, the Victory put together the first moment of class in the 35th minute. On a counter-attack Besart Berisha found Kiwi international Kosta Barbarouses with an outlet ball after Herd missed a tackle, Barbarouses flew down the right flank and squared up Raul Llorente, then fired through the attempted block. The ball looked to have taken a deflection but it may not have made much difference to the end result.

    The Wanderers thought they had an equaliser right after the break, as Josh Risdon fired in a cross to the 6 yard box that marquee striker Oriol Riera tapped home. Steven Lustica then destroyed great lead up work by Carrusca & Bridge when he skied a shot deep inside the Victory penalty area.

    Melbourne went two in front with Berisha answering some of his recent criticism with an assist from Leeroy George. After the Wanderers turned the ball over in midfield, Mark Milligan lofted a ball over the top of the Wanderers defence who were caught square. George cut back onto his opposite foot twice to beat the cover defence of Llorente & Clisby then laid the ball off neatly to Berisha whose shot was helped home with another deflection.

    Llorente's failure to close down hurt the Wanderers last week in Wellington, and having already been at fault for one goal due to his failure to mark, you would have thought he would have avoided getting caught out again. Instead when Barbarouses picked up the ball 20 yards from goal in the 92nd minute, Llorente stood back and watched as the man of the match blasted a shot into the top corner, giving Janjetovic no chance.

    The action capped off an abysmal night defensively, and with the little quality the side had going forward wasted by poor positioning, a failure to attack the ball or wayward shooting, the 3-0 scoreline reflected the clear technical dominance of the visiting side. The loss leaves the Wanderers with little chance of finishing higher than 5th, and if they continue their slipshod football it's more likely they will drop out of the top 6.

    The Wanderers play Perth Glory next Sunday in Western Australia and Perth will give themselves a huge chance of ending their 5 game losing streak.

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    Clisby had a shocker at CB.

    Our defence was no where to be seen for all 3 goals

    WTF is the point of Risdon? He's been hopeless all season.

    We are missing some pace and quality on the wing... 

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    One of the most frustrating things tonight was the first substitution. Let's see who has been most dangerous for the wanderers in setting up opportunities and sub him first. I can understand how fans are getting so frustrated.

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    Just now, SBW said:

    Clisby had a shocker at CB.

    Our defence was no where to be seen for all 3 goals

    WTF is the point of Risdon? He's been hopeless all season.

    We are missing some pace and quality on the wing... 

    We are missing players who know how to defend. We hang off players when the opposition have the ball in our defensive third. It's getting beyond pathetic.You can cop a loss if the team puts in but not a flogging.

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    Not much to say ....it's all been said before after the games in the previous rounds...wash, rinse repeat.

    Don't think any of our players had a good game.

    Season over.

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    I enjoyed the family friendly atmosphere in this FFA sponsored event.

    Maybe there should have been more stars wars figures, or Disney perhaps, to losen it up a bit. 

    The Emirates plane flying low over the ground at the beginning of the show was pretty impressive. 

    Good night. 

     

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    I may be in the minority with this opinion, but I don't think the scoreboard quite reflects what happened in the game and the effort that the boys put in.

    I thought that at times (but not always) we had some good possession and with a bit more quality we could've easily got something out of the game because we did create numerous good chances - a few that I can recall off the top of my head:

    * Carrusca's volley early on

    * Riera's offside goal was very close - he was only a step offside, but unfortunately he was

    * Risdon skying his shot into row Z

    * Riera hitting the crossbar

    * Baccus's shot saved towards the end

    * Several other shots that went straight to the MV keeper - a bit either side of him and could've been a different story.

    Our problems arose in when we didn't close the ball down quick enough near our goal and when MV counter-attacked quickly, they looked dangerous and, to be honest, they butchered quite a few good chances.

     

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    2 minutes ago, tardotz said:

    ...wash, rinse repeat.

    I think the cycle is; get a win or two and a few draws, build up the fans confidence and then suffer of few more floggings.

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    At least after a listless defeat I attended at Millwall a few weeks back I felt alive with the intimidation, dark streets and a coppers police dog nearly chomping my nadgers off....bit of a come down on many fronts this like.

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    I don't get how teams can be garbage all season yet come up against us and they're reborn.

    The only upside was seeing a thug cop getting medical treatment for possibly being punched in the mouth after 10 of them were on top of one WSW fan kicking him in the head.

    They had him restrained and they were actually kicking him in the head.

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    Just now, bombagol said:

    Our problems arose in when we didn't close the ball down quick enough near our goal and when MV counter-attacked quickly, they looked dangerous and, to be honest, they butchered quite a few good chances.

     

    Yep. We hang off all the time. Was happening last season as well.

    I swear some fans are close to jumping the fence in frustration. Lol

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    Gombau is talking bollocks. First half was awful. Pointless sideways a d backwards passing at glacial pace allowing plenty of time for the defence to adjust. Its gombau ball and its rubbish. Thomas didn't  have to make a save. We aren't good enough to unlock defences playing this way and you are just begging to get hit on the counter.

    All 3 goals were errors of defensive organisation. Risdon playing everyone onside from 30 metres away for the first, ludicrous and uneccesary high line  for the second and 2 players stand off the ball to watch the runner - no communication for the 3rd.

    Its mistakes that a hungover All age side make.

     

     

    Edited by lloydy136

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    13 minutes ago, lloydy136 said:

    Gombau is talking bollocks

    Of course he is, he is not going to admit that he is clueless, the remaining players don't really want to be here and we will be lucky very lucky to sneak in to the finals.

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    We don't have that big club mentality victory and the smurfs have. Whether its justified or not. ESFC have never broken even but they still believe they are a big club. 

    We went to victory.  Were 1 up and they had a man sent off. What did they do?  They believed as a big club they could still get something and they equalised.  

    Our belief in ourselves as a big club is something we should have grown on from the ACL but has been wasted and we are back to being a club of battlers. This should not be the reality but it is.

    2 wins against The Big Blues in 4 seasons is shocking. 

    Edited by beatsurrender

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    4 minutes ago, beatsurrender said:

    We don't have that big club mentality victory and the smurfs have. Whether its justified or not. ESFC have never broken even but they still believe they are a big club. 

    We went to victory.  Were 1 up and they had a man sent off. What did they do?  They believed as a big club they could still get something and they equalised.  

    Our belief in ourselves as a big club is something we should have grown on from the ACL but has been wasted and we are back to being a club of battlers. This should not be the reality but it is.

    2 wins against The Big Blues in 4 seasons is shocking. 

    All true except I didn’t see much battling out there tonight 

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    5 minutes ago, beatsurrender said:

    Our belief in ourselves as a big club is something we should have grown on from the ACL but has been wasted and we are back to being a club of battlers.

    The most frustrating aspect of the club is that since season 2 they don't build. They tear down and start again every year. No other club does that.

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    There's a lot of negatives and I'll leave those for others to discuss but the positives for me were . 

    We got in behind the defence with crosses into the box  more times than any game this season just lacking the quality to  create better chances .

    Some good fast movement of the ball especially the first half  we weren't as bad as some are saying . 

    Best game for roly so far actually went forward at times and even passed forward . 

    Herd I like him  , a bit of mongrel that we are lacking  put in a great shift .

    Centrebacks making some quick runs up the middle even though one lead to a goal . 

    Carrusca good signs could be immense when matchfit . 

    Riera awesome workrate and a great first touch  just needs a Barbarouses type winger to help him .

    Risdon and Raul looked good going forward  , defending not so much . 

    **** the victory was loud and proud ! 

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    Similar bombagol above, I thought we were better than the score line suggests. Yes, we lack the clinical edge of the Victory and a hot knife through butter probably understates the nature of the three goals scored against us, but we had plenty of chances and the build up play was reasonable*. Given the players available, I can see what Gombau is trying to achieve and, as someone with low-ish expectations, I'm happy to ride the wave through to the end, even if it lacks a bit of excitement at this stage.

     

    *I say all of this having not watched a Wanderers game for a while, so maybe my baseline is off.

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    While nothing to show for it, and behind on the scoreboard, I thought the first half and early second half was some of the most entertaining  and enterprising football we have played all year.  More balls into the box than the last half dozen games combined, but unable to pick out an attacking player, or too close to the keeper or misdirected final effort meant we gained no reward.  George and Geria who have been generating rave reviews recently were kept relatively quiet tonight.  Barbarouses was  his usual self, but I believe the criticism of Llorente has been somewhat harsh.  By the time the final goal was scored Llorente must have been out on his feet given the number of time he was involved in attacks down the left, only to be seen moments later sprinting back after the ball was lost.  I would reckon Llorente covered more ground than any other player on the field tonight.  Yes, another loss, but tonight the groans from those sitting near me were more for missed opportunities rather than for the the poor performances dished up in past matches. 

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    No sorry crap all crap no positive that whole team needs to go 

    We need a new team players that are desired not hand me downs

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