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  • Gong Show Rings Up A Draw


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    The Western Sydney Wanderers headed to Wollongong Stadium for the first time ever to take on the Wellington Phoenix and the Nix earned their first point in Wollongong with a flip-flopping 2-2 draw.

    Wellington are based in Wollongong for the A-League season due to the border situation with New Zealand, giving the Wanderers a short bus trip down the coast instead of a long flight. Jordan Mutch and Mitchell Duke have a chance to make their season debuts off the bench having finished their quarantine time in recent days. A win for the Wanderers would catapult them into outright 2nd on the A-League ladder while the Nix were looking to escape their dismal position at the foot of the table. Wellington's biggest personell change was a goalkeeper swap to put Oliver Sail in the net.

    Ziggy Gordon had an early chance from a corner 2 minutes in, the Nix defended it well and turned it away for a corner on the other side and another minutes later that flashed wide of goal. Wellington went up the other end and Rene Piscopo turned Illawarra junior Tate Russell inside out before firing into the 6 yard box to win a corner.

    Wellington took the lead in the 8th minute, they carved the Wanderers open in the middle, leaving a hole in the centre of midfield for Ulises Davila who turned and put Mirza Muratovic in on goal. The striker split the defense, shot into a save from Daniel Margush only to easily pick up the rebound and pass it around the unfortunate keeper for a 1-0 lead.

    The 15th minute saw a flurry of Wellington activity, first Clayon Lewis fired a long range speculative effort from a free kick then Piscopo hammered a curling strike into the crossbar with Margush beaten. Nicolai Muller had the visitor's first shot in a long time with his 21st minute shot over the bar.

    In the last minutes before half-time Muller and Yeboah combined, with Yeboah taking a touch to turn on the ball and shoot hard to force Sail into a diving save. The Wanderers went into the break down a goal, having had a lot of possession but very little to show for it as they failed to break down a full 11 man defensive block.

    The Wanderers had a good chance early in the 2nd half, Ibini reacted first after a loose ball, and with the ball on a tight angle he knocked the ball hard and fast past the keeper but Muller was just out of position for what would have been a tap-in. Oliver Sail had a moment of madness that nearly cost his team the lead with an atrocious throw-out that he released backward in the direction of his own goal but without the power required to cause an own goal. He redeemed himself with a good reaching save from a Muller long shot. Yeboah then turned the ball into the keepers hands from a wide free kick. Davila went into the book for a reckless tackle from behind on Muller.

    20 minutes to play was enough for Carl Robinson to finally make some subs. He bought on Simon Cox & Bruce Kamau with Muller & Ibini coming off. Kamau didn't take long to get into the game, a nice shot from distance that Sail cleaned up neatly. Wellington were quickly attacking the other end and Davilla added to his shot tally with one that went wide.

    Western Sydney finally had a reward for their possession dominance. A planned set piece routine was O'Doherty with a chip to the far post, Baccus volleyed across the face of goal and found Yeboah who had a tap-in of a header that he couldn't miss. Wellington thought they were back on top shortly after with Cameron Waine only for the linesman's flag to deny him with an obvious offside call. Margush was beaten at the near post but rescued by the flag.

    Robinson 3rd & 4th subs, Duke & Mutch were a clear marker of intent to take all 3 points and they took the lead straight away. Simon Cox played it out wide for Wilmering and the fullback launched it into the box and found Kamau at the back stick.

    The topsy turvey game took another twist in the 77th minute as Wellington made the most from a central free kick. A weak cross was nodded back into the mixer and Loius Fenton got enough contact to knock the ball into the goal to make it 2-2. In the 87th both sides emptied their sub windows, the Nix bringing on Ridenton and the Wanderers replacing Wilmering with Aquilina. The Wanderers threw everything at Wellington but couldn't make a final cross or pass stick and the Nix escaped a game they were largely on the back foot for with a point. When the final whistle blew both sets of players went down on the turf to catch their breath after a hectic game.

    The Wanderers next match is against Adelaide United at Parramatta on Saturday February 27th with kick-off at 5:05pm.


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    36 minutes ago, StringerBellend said:

    The thing you have to keep in mind with Slater is that he is a total nob 

    Quoted for truth...

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    4 minutes ago, wendybr said:

    Ummmm...gosh you gents spend a lot of energy bagging out the Fox commentators.

    Just saying. :hi:

     

    :D :D

    Don’t go hard enough in my opinion. ******* idiots.

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    Just now, wendybr said:

    Hehehe...I enjoy their commentary...all of it. :P

     

     

    You would..you just like everyone :rolleyes:

    How you get Wendy angry.....it’s a good question....lock the local and international threads? :D 

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    19 minutes ago, Smoggy said:

    Don’t go hard enough in my opinion. ******* idiots.

    A chorus of approval will arrive soon...to agree with you. :lol:

     

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    35 minutes ago, Wanderboy said:

    I personally wouldn't say all of it, but it ain't as bad as most here make out.

    Knew you'd be along to lend some sort of support WB! :good:

     

    :D:D

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    4 hours ago, pseudonym said:

    "A free cup of Bovril for every dual citizen with a UK passport at Bankwest stadium"

    Bovril! Stuff 'em! I'm not going in case they give me one!

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    4 hours ago, Smoggy said:

    Miserable..check - ONLY WI' SASSENACHS, SICH AS THEY P....S FE' MIDDLESBROUGH! 

    A distrust of any food with flavour..check - FLAVOUR IS JIST A MATTER A OPINION - MA OPINION!

    Tight with money..check - I'D SUE YE FIR DEFAMATION BUT I'D RATHER HOLD ON TAE MA MONEY!

    Dubious sense of humour..check - SEE ABOVE YE W....R!

    Born in Scotland..check - ONE OOT A FIVE -   TYPICAL SASSENACH!

    Ed is the real deal... - A' RIGHT! 2 OOT A SIX, BETTER THAN THE AVERAGE SASSENACH!

     

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    1 hour ago, Smoggy said:

    You would..you just like everyone# :rolleyes:

    How you get Wendy angry.....it’s a good question....lock the local and international threads?* :D 

    # not according to the politics threads!

    *Please, please, please!

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    1 hour ago, Wanderboy said:

    I personally wouldn't say all of it, but it ain't as bad as most here make out.

    Some of it is worse! And on average is getting worse!

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    1 minute ago, Edinburgh said:

    # not according to the politics threads!

    Hehehe...Ed's right about that!

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    2 minutes ago, Edinburgh said:

    Some of it is worse! And on average is getting worse!

    But not right about that. :lol:

    PS Archie is heaps better than he used to be!

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    54 minutes ago, wendybr said:

     

     

    PS Archie is heaps better than he used to be!

    Ahm, that is one thing I cannot agree with. 

    Archie is absolutely pathetic and I have no idea why he has held a job at Fox for so long. Cheap wages maybe?

    Seriously offers nothing of intelligence, both tactically or in general discussion. He has no idea of team squads on match days. It is clear he does very little research before matches he works on. 

    Is he a good bloke? Yeh maybe. He's had some fun with us and the RBB in the past at some Melbourne and Sydney Derby's.

    Is he a good co-commentator? Nope. He's truly rubbish.

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    4 hours ago, Wanderboy said:

    Ahm, that is one thing I cannot agree with. 

    Archie is absolutely pathetic and I have no idea why he has held a job at Fox for so long. Cheap wages maybe?

    Seriously offers nothing of intelligence, both tactically or in general discussion. He has no idea of team squads on match days. It is clear he does very little research before matches he works on. 

    Is he a good bloke? Yeh maybe. He's had some fun with us and the RBB in the past at some Melbourne and Sydney Derby's.

    Is he a good co-commentator? Nope. He's truly rubbish.

    I agree he was like that initially...just goofed around, but also seemed a bit overwhelmed to be in a serious role.

    But listening to him in recent matches, he's stepped up I think, and does have reasonable offerings to make.

    He's growing into the commentary job, and I think it's great to see him developing in a more serious media role, having had a decent A League career.

    Good for diversity, and as a role model too, IMO.

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    In some respects commentators are a bit like referees.....if you don't notice them then they are doing a good job.

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    15 hours ago, Wanderboy said:

    Ahm, that is one thing I cannot agree with. 

    Archie is absolutely pathetic and I have no idea why he has held a job at Fox for so long. Cheap wages maybe?

    Seriously offers nothing of intelligence, both tactically or in general discussion. He has no idea of team squads on match days. It is clear he does very little research before matches he works on. 

    Is he a good bloke? Yeh maybe. He's had some fun with us and the RBB in the past at some Melbourne and Sydney Derby's.

    Is he a good co-commentator? Nope. He's truly rubbish.

    Archie is our equivalent of Chris Kamara :xnod:

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    46 minutes ago, MartinTyler said:

    Archie is our equivalent of Chris Kamara :xnod:

    Oi!!!! Chris Kamara is a fellow smog! Be nice!

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    1 hour ago, MartinTyler said:

    In some respects commentators are a bit like referees.....if you don't notice them then they are doing a good job.

    I don't watch EPL any longer, but snippets I hear remind me that the commentator simply calls the play, and is very  unobtrusive.

    The quality of the play is so entertaining, that's all you need.

    The burbling with A League commentary is part of the overall experience, to me,  in games I generally do find entertaining, but which aren't of the breathtaking level as the other.

    It helps those less educated than many of you guys are to gain more insight into what they are watching, even when the commentators disagree with each other.

    Dunno....but... I like it.

    :pardon:

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