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    Duke and Riera Combine To Crush Brisbane


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    The Western Sydney Wanderers overcame an early Brisbane goal to record a comfortable 4-1 win against the Roar tonight.

    Pre-game the big point of discussion was the complete absence of Wanderers marquee attacking midfielder Alexander Baumjohann. Manager Markus Babbel spoke prior to the match and put the exclusion down to a lack of effort in training during the week. 7 minutes into the game and it looked like he might have made the wrong call, as Brisbane Roar took the lead with a wonderful strike by Dylan Wenzel-Halls. The solo effort saw him cut inside the Wanderers erstwhile fullback Bruce Kamau, and curl it over the head of Tass Mourdoukoutas and past the full length dive of Vedran Janjetovic.

    Mitch Duke made his starting debut and paid back the faith by pulling the score back level in the 15th minute. Duke lined up a shot from a long way out and having been invited to shoot by the lack of pressure, he squeezed the ball under Jamie Young. The keeper would have been unhappy at letting the ball bounce under his arm.

    Oriol Riera then continued his second half of the season resurgence by picking up what could be his best goal in the Red & Black. Roly Bonevacia fired a cross from deep on the right wing that had too much curl and began heading behind Riera. Despite the difficulty of the chance, Riera ran onto and hooked a volley from just inside the penalty area that Jamie Young could only get a fingertip that barely deflected the ball's flight into the back of the net.

    The marquee striker had his double 6 minutes before half-time after a lengthy intervention by the VAR. Bonevacia crossed into the middle from the other side this time around, it found a flick-on at the near post that was turned home by Riera, only for the linesman to flag Riera for an offside offence. Replays and the VAR eventually determined that it clearly came off the head of ex-Wanderer turned Roar central defender Jacob Pepper and the goal was given. The 3-1 scoreline was a clear reflection of the flow of the match with the Roar well off the pace, chasing shadows in midfield and barely creating any chances after their goal.

    The second half was a better one for the Roar but one that ultimately did not see them pick up another goal. Giancarlo Gallifuoco made his debut for the Wanderers as a late sub in the 80th minute, but by the time he and fellow substitutes Mark Bridge and Kwame Yeboah had taken to the rythym of the match the Roar had run out of petrol. It was Yeboah who came closest to scoring in regulation time as he smashed a close range but acute angled shot into the crossbar.

    Finally Roly Bonevacia had the goal his game deserved, as Roar fullback Daniel Leck got his wires crossed when facing towards his own goal, losing control to Tarek Elrich, who quickly passed through to Bonevacia, he took one touched that sent him clear into the 18 yard box and he fired his second touch past a stranded Jamie Young.

    The 4-1 scoreline was as good as the Wanderers deserved, and with the dropping of Baumjohann, it appears that Babbel's mantra for a new mentality has finally coalesced into meaningful action on the field. His side are unbeaten in 4 games with 3 wins and 1 draw, and while a finals berth is still quite unlikely, their position on the ladder is looking far better than Brisbane's, who drop to 5 points behind the Wanderers and are already looking for next season.

    The Wanderers play Wellington Phoenix next Sunday the 17th of March at Westpac Stadium in Wellington.

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    Geez...….how ******* bad are the Mariners???

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    8 minutes ago, Wanderboy said:

    Geez...….how ******* bad are the Mariners???

    Anyone hoping for the Mariners to do us any favours by beating the Nix is on drugs.....lol..

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    2 minutes ago, portaluppista23 said:

    lets hope adelaide and newy lose next few games as wellington look to strong for ccm. #10inarow

    Heartle$$ and Adelaide plus Newcastle 

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    Thought Gallifuoco won a lot of ball for the short time he was on. I would have given a pen though for what he did. 

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    1 minute ago, Burztur said:

    Where’s Tass?

    Olyroos potentially

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    Well we played a great first half against a very poor team all credit to the team to lead 3.1 at halftime. Why did we go to sleep in the second half, reminiscence of early games in the season remember Mudgee for 1 of those games. We cannot beat Wellington next week if we play only 1 half again. 

    Roly's second half performance tells me he is no longer playing for a contract he probably has signed for the glory.

    Majok was awful his decision making was as bad as his first touch.

    When do Majok Tass And Baccus head of with the Olyroos and how many games will they miss.

     

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    8 minutes ago, Keithie said:

    Well we played a great first half against a very poor team all credit to the team to lead 3.1 at halftime. Why did we go to sleep in the second half, reminiscence of early games in the season remember Mudgee for 1 of those games. We cannot beat Wellington next week if we play only 1 half again. 

    Roly's second half performance tells me he is no longer playing for a contract he probably has signed for the glory.

    Majok was awful his decision making was as bad as his first touch.

    When do Majok Tass And Baccus head of with the Olyroos and how many games will they miss.

     

    Games on the 22; 24; 26th March. Not sure when the squad leaves, but apparently only miss the next game.

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    17 hours ago, Keithie said:

    Well we played a great first half against a very poor team all credit to the team to lead 3.1 at halftime. Why did we go to sleep in the second half, reminiscence of early games in the season remember Mudgee for 1 of those games. We cannot beat Wellington next week if we play only 1 half again. 

    Roly's second half performance tells me he is no longer playing for a contract he probably has signed for the glory.

    Majok was awful his decision making was as bad as his first touch.

    When do Majok Tass And Baccus head of with the Olyroos and how many games will they miss.

     

    My reasoning for that second half was Duke not having the same energy as the first half so he wasn't able to link up like in the first half and was isolated. A lot of his play was two touch and move and that takes a lot of energy especially in the playmaker role and challenging every ball. 

    Also we went lopsided in our attack which mostly on the right side with Kamau and Majok instead of the left with Roly. We got control once Bridge and Yeboah came on, and started to target left side.

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    Our second half was less impressive because we had a comfortable lead. Yes, we've often lost that lead this season but this time we did it right (mostly), we held them at arms length and bopped em on the nose at the end. 

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    On 11/03/2019 at 1:33 PM, Sithslayer1991 said:

    My reasoning for that second half was Duke not having the same energy as the first half so he wasn't able to link up like in the first half and was isolated. A lot of his play was two touch and move and that takes a lot of energy especially in the playmaker role and challenging every ball. 

    Also we went lopsided in our attack which mostly on the right side with Kamau and Majok instead of the left with Roly. We got control once Bridge and Yeboah came on, and started to target left side.

    I can see where you’re coming from but I think it’s more because Duke doesn’t move well in general. His biomechanics are shocking - when he made his debut a few weeks back I was watching him and from the stands he seemed very clunky. When he starts fatiguing that becomes more noticeable.

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    On 12/03/2019 at 5:18 PM, hughsey said:

    I can see where you’re coming from but I think it’s more because Duke doesn’t move well in general. His biomechanics are shocking - when he made his debut a few weeks back I was watching him and from the stands he seemed very clunky. When he starts fatiguing that becomes more noticeable.

    I wish I moved that poorly when I am on the field. 😂

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    On 12/03/2019 at 5:18 PM, hughsey said:

    I can see where you’re coming from but I think it’s more because Duke doesn’t move well in general. His biomechanics are shocking - when he made his debut a few weeks back I was watching him and from the stands he seemed very clunky. When he starts fatiguing that becomes more noticeable.

    Duke is a work horse and is not technically strong. But he is a grafter with an eye for goal and makes a nuisance. He is not on the Santa level, but there are some similarities.

    In short....he is the kind of player you need in your squad in this comp. 

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    On 10/03/2019 at 8:04 PM, Keithie said:

    Well we played a great first half against a very poor team all credit to the team to lead 3.1 at halftime. Why did we go to sleep in the second half, reminiscence of early games in the season remember Mudgee for 1 of those games. We cannot beat Wellington next week if we play only 1 half again. 

    Roly's second half performance tells me he is no longer playing for a contract he probably has signed for the glory.

    Majok was awful his decision making was as bad as his first touch.

    When do Majok Tass And Baccus head of with the Olyroos and how many games will they miss.

     

     

    On 10/03/2019 at 8:04 PM, Keithie said:

    Well we played a great first half against a very poor team all credit to the team to lead 3.1 at halftime. Why did we go to sleep in the second half, reminiscence of early games in the season remember Mudgee for 1 of those games. We cannot beat Wellington next week if we play only 1 half again. 

    Roly's second half performance tells me he is no longer playing for a contract he probably has signed for the glory.

    Majok was awful his decision making was as bad as his first touch.

    When do Majok Tass And Baccus head of with the Olyroos and how many games will they miss.

     

    They miss one game.

     

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    2 hours ago, Smoggy said:

    Duke is a work horse and is not technically strong. But he is a grafter with an eye for goal and makes a nuisance. He is not on the Santa level, but there are some similarities.

    In short....he is the kind of player you need in your squad in this comp. 

    I think you’re under estimating him, in the years he’s been in Japan he’s become a much smarter footballer. He gets into great positions and is sound on the ball. 

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    Yeah I noticed he makes some very handy runs, his movement in general is next level, something we can always use. 

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    22 hours ago, Smoggy said:

    Duke is a work horse and is not technically strong. But he is a grafter with an eye for goal and makes a nuisance. He is not on the Santa level, but there are some similarities.

    In short....he is the kind of player you need in your squad in this comp. 

    I reckon you’re underestimating him. He beats people, has tight control, passing is well above the league average, and turns into space quite nicely.

    Hes the kind of player we should be considering for a longer contract at the club. Him and Yeboah would make good comer stones

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    I see Duke more like Smoggy describes. 

    Valuable to the squad no doubt but he's only a step above being Matt Simon if Matt Simon was a footballer

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    Duke spent 4 years in the J-League fighting for his position every week, being moved around on the park and still making it work in a very strong league, for much longer than almost any other Australian player in recent years has done overseas before coming back to the A-League.

    He's a great signing for us and in the right team could give us an antidote for years of wingers who don't score.

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    4 hours ago, matty said:

    I see Duke more like Smoggy describes. 

    Valuable to the squad no doubt but he's only a step above being Matt Simon if Matt Simon was a footballer

    Seriously doubt that! None of us would take Simon - for many reasons,not the least of which is he isn't that good.  Duke shows more class and skill than Simon.

     

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    4 hours ago, BoyFromTheWest said:

    Seriously doubt that! None of us would take Simon - for many reasons,not the least of which is he isn't that good.  Duke shows more class and skill than Simon.

     

    My comment was in jest ;)

     

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    Simon's probably a better keeper than Nizic.

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