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    Haliti Heroics Not Enough as Wanderers Draw 1-1 in Perth.


    mack

    Western Sydney's match against Perth Glory was a tale of two late goals, as strikes to Labinot Haliti before half-time and Nick Ward as full time approached meant the two teams each took away a point from their encounter at Pattersons Stadium in Perth.

     

    The Wanderers were looking for their 4th straight win, and their second win over Perth this season. Tony Popovic made 6 changes to the team that defeated Adelaide 6-1 last Friday, with marquee Shinji Ono not even making the squad, presumably to rest before the New Year's Day match against Melbourne Victory.

     

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    The game opened with a number of fouls as the Wanderers came to grips with their opposition in the heat of Western Australia, but Labinot Haliti struck the first shot of the game with a long range effort that looped well over the goal. Ryo Nagai, making his starting debut for Perth tried his own long range effort after cutting inside, but it didn't get off the ground and Covic had a simple pickup.

     

    On 22 minutes a training ground move nearly paid off for Western Sydney. Jason Trifiro hit a corner across the box to Aaron Mooy. The first time volley flashed to the far post. Jacob Burns got his head in the way, which was lucky for Glory as Gibbs was lurking at the back post and would have had a simple chance to head it home.

     

    Mooy was in the wars after the drinks break as Liam Miller crunched him in a sickening tackle from behind in the typical thuggish manner of Perth Glory. Miller, who had just lost the ball with a poor first touch, slammed into the Wanderers play-maker, in a tackle that could easily have been given a red rather than yellow card. It caused a lot of discomfort for Mooy, forced him off the pitch for a long period and clearly hampered his movement through-out the match.

     

    The key moment in the first half came on 38 minutes. Mateo Poljak strode through the centre of the Glory midfield, then found Labinot Haliti. The wing-forward cut inside Joshua Risdon and struck a sweet shot with his right foot. It cracked off the post, Vukovic had no chance and that was the opening goal to the Wanderers. Haliti celebrated by setting off on a long run to the small knot of Wanderers supporters who had made the long trip across the country, without doing his noted celebration of removing his shirt. It stung the Glory into action during the 4 minute injury time period and they had a number of shots at goal.

     

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    Play resumed with Mooy receiving a yellow card after 30 seconds of play, Mooy failed to retreat the full distance at a foul, and stuck a boot out. Referee Ben Williams took offence at the action. The yellow card was the fifth of the season and Mooy will now be absent from the vital fixture against the Melbourne Victory.

     

    The next 40 minutes was devoid of clear-cut chances, Mooy hit a free kick into the Shed behind the goal, Nagai duplicated the space bound effort down the other end of the field. With time running out the Glory stepped up a gear, heaping pressure onto the Wanderers goal. The home side finally started acting like it, controlling possession and field position. The first warning sign for the Wanderers was Stephen McGarry getting in behind the Wanderers defence, his cross found Miller at the far post. Miller measured his header toward goal, it may have been going wide, Beauchamp wasn't sure so cleared it off the line.

     

    Reece Caira made his A-League and Wanderers debut in this match as a 75th minute substitute for Trifiro who was suffering from cramp and the ex-Aston Villa youth prospect nearly fashioned a goal immediately after his introduction. Incidentally, his debut means only backup goalkeeper Jarrad Tyson is yet to make their debut Wanderers appearance. Young gun Yianni Perkatis flew to Perth as a spare reserve.

     

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    The pressure finally broke the Wanderers stoic resolve with injury time looming. Nagai, clearly the best player on the park, burned Tarek Elrich with his pace and delivered a cross to the back post. Shannon Cole had drifted into the centre as the ball drifted over his head and this allowed Nick Ward to measure an unmarked first time volley. It rocketed over the head of Covic and bulged the net.

     

    Thankfully the Wanderers held onto the 1-1 score-line and with the draw they jump up one position to 3rd place, equal on 20 points with Melbourne Victory but ahead on goal difference. Melbourne are still yet to play in this round however.

     

    Feeling deflated is impossible to avoid after conceding so late. To take a draw from a match the Wanderers had lead for 87 minutes would feel almost like losing, and the solitary point for the draw is cold comfor for the long flight home. Tony Popovic rotated his squad in preparation for the next match and it could be argued that it cost the team two points. Perth Glory didn't play much better than Western Sydney did, with Ono and Hersi in the squad the result would have been far more likely to favour Western Sydney. Aaron Mooy also got a stupid yellow card and will be out of the vital 3v4 clash on New Year's Day and his absence will be sorely missed.

     

    The Wanderers next match is against Melbourne Victory at Parramatta Stadium, Parramatta, on Tuesday the 1st of January at 6:15pm Eastern Daylight Savings Time.

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    A point away from home against a decent team like Glory with a substitute team. Pretty good result.

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    Good result away from home but I'm worried the heat might effect some of the players?

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    Good result away from home but I'm worried the heat might effect some of the players?

     

    Hopefully that'll be cancelled out by the fact Victory have one less day between matches. It'll be interesting to see who, if anyone, they rest tomorrow.

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    would have taken a draw before the match.

    cant really whinge about them scoring, we invited them in the second half.

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    Good result, now get ready for another home defeat :)

     

    Smart arse :P

     

    I think he spelt victory as defeat. 

     

    Poor effort not knowing how to spell your team name/username...

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    popa should let the lads rest and recover and not train them before the Victory game

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    Good result, now get ready for another home defeat :)

     

    March yourself & your almighty PAX back to AAMI, & if i ever met you in person id stab you :vava::spiteful::P

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    Good result, now get ready for another home defeat :)

    March yourself & your almighty PAX back to AAMI, & if i ever met you in person id stab you :vava::spiteful::P

    Channelling llama!

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    Good result, now get ready for another home defeat :)

    March yourself & your almighty PAX back to AAMI, & if i ever met you in person id stab you :vava::spiteful::P
    Channelling llama!

     

    Llama would be proud...

     

    Mack why you edit my post? Haha

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    Good and fair result.

     

    Mooys suspension perhaps a blessing in disguise. The guy needs a break to rejuvinate himself.

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    Good result, now get ready for another home defeat :)

    March yourself & your almighty PAX back to AAMI, & if i ever met you in person id stab you :vava::spiteful::P
    Channelling llama!

     

    Llama would be proud...

     

    Mack why you edit my post? Haha

     

    Because I doubt you'd actually stab him thus I added some safety winks to avoid internet beef.

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    Someone tell me why that wasn't a red when Mooy got crunched ?

     

    Horrible, horrible challenge.

     

    The shed are awesome. Highly recommend the away trip

     

    Did u see / hear the 15-20 of us in the away bay ?

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    5 of us at harrys cafe in wollomollo, got pulled up by EAST sydney cops, 1st thing they say - "typical **** wanderers fans" ...

     

    Westie scum... Having some fun!

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    5 of us at harrys cafe in wollomollo, got pulled up by EAST sydney cops, 1st thing they say - "typical **** wanderers fans" ...

     

    Westie scum... Having some fun!

    Lol, you been jumping fences ATP?

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    Haha i just like how "something" got robbed & we get questioned...Legendary

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    That tackle was atrocious. It could have wrecked his knee. Just because it's not studs up doesn't mean it's not worth a red card.

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    Is everyone happy with the fact Tony rotated the squad?

     

    I am not sure in this situation he shod have done this. You are conceding or risking a win, in the HOPE you will get another win next game (against VIctory).

     

    As it stands we have conceded the 3 points and not sure off course whether we will win the next game.

     

    I understand if a coach rotates the squad for a cup game in a different comp ( say Europa in Europe), but for our circumstances is it worth the risk?

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    Is everyone happy with the fact Tony rotated the squad?

     

    I am not sure in this situation he shod have done this. You are conceding or risking a win, in the HOPE you will get another win next game (against VIctory).

     

    As it stands we have conceded the 3 points and not sure off course whether we will win the next game.

     

    I understand if a coach rotates the squad for a cup game in a different comp ( say Europa in Europe), but for our circumstances is it worth the risk?

    In Popa we trust.

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    Is everyone happy with the fact Tony rotated the squad?

     

    I am not sure in this situation he shod have done this. You are conceding or risking a win, in the HOPE you will get another win next game (against VIctory).

     

    As it stands we have conceded the 3 points and not sure off course whether we will win the next game.

     

    I understand if a coach rotates the squad for a cup game in a different comp ( say Europa in Europe), but for our circumstances is it worth the risk?

     

    I thought the risk paid off............. and we almost beat Perth dont forget. We should be in better shape to face Melbourne.

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    Pretty happy with the result on reflection. Just a little disappointed in the manner in which it took place at the end.

     

    We really missed a solid left back that is for sure with this one. Cole, defensively was a little shaky and didn't track Ward for the Glory goal as Topor had the man in the middle. He also gets a little too far forward and gets caught out.

     

    Caira's early touches looked good, hopefully he gets a bit more of a run so we can all have a look at what he can bring.

     

    Given the short turnaround, travel time and the conditions in Perth it's easy to see why popa rotated the squad. At least it gives him a chance to see some of the fringe players have a run and prove themselves. The one thing I was concerned with at the start of the season was the depth in the squad, this game has given me some hope that should the proverbial hit's the fan then we might have some hope down the track.

     

    Shame that Mooy misses out for the Victory game but with Ono back we should still fair well. Personally, Victory at the best team in the league at the moment. Given how the 'league-leading' Mariner's played against the Smurfs last night it says to me that they couldn't handle the pressure.

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    We have to remember that the players were also playing in searing heat conditions. Its really a fine balance for Popa but I think we came through it pretty well. You dont want to run your players into the ground either. You only have to look at what happened to some teams after players came bsck from the national team. We have a squad of players who can do the job and that was a pleasing aspect. The opportunity for some players to stand up and make their case was made. Good efforts by Kwabs, Ceara and a great goal by Haliti as well. Lots to be proud of with this team.

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    True - all valid points guys. I guess it is the type of thing that if things don't go our way against the Victory - people will say popa's gamble didnt pay off. But you are all right in that we should trust popa's judgement. He has shown himself to be an astute coach, and it is about looking at the big picture, the long run then just a couple of games. 

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    Lots of good things to come out of this game. 1 point in Perth is good but could have been so much better. On the negative side, Cole had his worst game of the season (not just the goal). Keep up the good work. In Popa we trust!

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    ^^^ Like the rationalisation (which I agree), if it was the supporters from the East - it would be doom and gloom and calls for the coach to be sacked.

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