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    Honda Runs Over Wanderers


    mack

    Keisuke Honda lead his star studded Melbourne Victory team to a dominant 4-0 win over the Western Sydney Wanderers tonight in Melbourne.

    Western Sydney Wanderers were played off the park, battered against the formidable attacking quintet of Toivonen, Antonis, Barbarouses, Baena and the marquee man Honda. Victory took the lead after 10 minutes, Toivonen isolated Tarek Elrich on the byline, the Melbourne striker found Terry Antonis with a perfect diagonal cut-back, he turned and fired a lobbed cross to the back post, finding Honda all alone, taking advantage poor positioning from Raul Llorente to fire an uncontested header past Vedran Janetovic.

    The procession began in earnest on the half-hour. Barbarouses played a simple ball into Baena, Hamill dived to intercept but missed, leaving Elrich to prevent a shot on goal, the winger paused momentarily to allow Tarek to slide off into the sunset before striking it home. The rout continued from the penalty spot, Elrich giving away a penalty by falling at the feet of Barbarouses and knocking out the Victory winger's feet with his head. Barbarouses took the penalty he won, shooting to the opposite direction of Janjetovic's dive for 3-0.

    3-0 at the break and Victory looked hardly troubled, the Wanderers were inept across the park. That did not change at the break despite the withdrawal of Abraham Majok & Jordan O'Doherty in favour of Jaushua Sotirio and Marc Tokich. What little opportunity Western Sydney created in the Victory half was inevitably snuffed out by a poor ball or the numerous offside flags from the assistant referee.

    Victory took the foot off the pedal, conserving energy while still maintaining a level of danger to the Wanderers goal when required. Honda continued to pull the strings from midfield, carving apart the Wanderers defence like a samurai sword through a Christmas turkey. The final blow came 10 minutes from time as Victory produced the goal of the game and likely the round.

    A left foot Honda ball over the top found Barbarouses yet again, the Kiwi international on for a lovely first touch cross into the penalty area. Unselfishly, Toivonen killed the ball dead with a single touch into the path of Antonis. He put his laces right through the ball, Vedran dived the wrong way, and all the Wanderers defence could do was hopelessly appeal for an offside that was neither coming or deserved.

    The 4-0 result was a bollocking that drew comparisons to the 2014 Round One 4-1 loss in Melbourne, and to more recent hammerings such as the 4-0 loss in Newcastle or the 5-0 thrashing at the hands of Sydney FC. The Wanderers remain in 8th place, there is little hope of a top 4 run let alone a trophy this year. The club haven't started a season this poorly since the disastrous 2014/15 season where they had a solitary point after 6 rounds and ended the season on just 18.

    The Wanderers face the Central Coast Mariners at the Homebush Showground next Friday the 7th of December.

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    14 hours ago, ZachMercer said:

    Right. So from the previous posts I conclude that our greatest problem is that a) at one end of the pitch we can't put the ball in the net and, b) at the other end of the pitch we can't keep the ball out of the net.

    Soo...  just swap the attackers for defenders and vice versa? 

    You're welcome, Babs.

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    After listening to our 2-0 defeat the previous week on the radio I didn't watch or listen to this game as I didn't think I could bear further pain inflicted by the anticipated (unfortunately correctly) outcome.  Today is the first time I have checked the forum since.  However strangely, having come back here and read how that pain is shared somehow makes me feel a bit better.

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    6 hours ago, Carns said:

    We've still been reluctant to splurge on 2 marquees (and I can see why with such quality at Pio and Cejudo). I agree that the issues more relate to three different managers picking players before leaving (and all with their preferred style of play and player).

    There is no doubt when the general punter calls the owners tight they disregard the investment in academy and wsw HQ. 

    But yes I think you hit the nail on the head whilst MV unveil Honda our marquees of past haven’t matched up, but without knowing what popa wanted we don’t know if the funds were there or not. 

    Football clubs aren’t money making ventures unless you are the yank buying cattle for his ranches USA like kroenke at arsenal. 

    We could be better off with the Russian at esfc or we could be worse with someone like Charlesworth at mariners 

    the only thing that always bothers me about lederer is it was never his fortune his uncle left it to him and he sold promo for almost 1.5 billion and Mack his net worth is closer to 800 million form the last BWR richlist and he lives in a close to a 30 million home 

    so if he wanted his wallet could be a little more open... unsure of other owners but lederer could have got someone like Honda if we wanted hell he could bring in zlatan! 

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    I think we can't recruit the likes of a Honda, etc. or for that matter retain standouts because we have a cultural problem inside the club. Players and agents talk and I've always felt that after the club world cup (don't remember its name) and the player pay issue we've tarnished our reputation with players. 

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    What I don't get about the academy/HQ is how long it's taking.

    Melbourne City bought Melbourne Heart in January 2014 and completed their academy/office project in February, a little over a year later.

    The Wanderers confirmed the design and signed the documents regarding the Blacktown training base/hq/academy in December 2014, and it's still not complete. That it's been 4 years and it's not done suggests the club is using ongoing revenue to pay for bits and pieces.

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    1 hour ago, mack said:

    What I don't get about the academy/HQ is how long it's taking.

    Melbourne City bought Melbourne Heart in January 2014 and completed their academy/office project in February, a little over a year later.

    The Wanderers confirmed the design and signed the documents regarding the Blacktown training base/hq/academy in December 2014, and it's still not complete. That it's been 4 years and it's not done suggests the club is using ongoing revenue to pay for bits and pieces.

    A government involved contruction project running over time?? It can’t be!

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    3 hours ago, ZachMercer said:

    I think we can't recruit the likes of a Honda, etc. or for that matter retain standouts because we have a cultural problem inside the club. Players and agents talk and I've always felt that after the club world cup (don't remember its name) and the player pay issue we've tarnished our reputation with players. 

    I don’t think so

    A few foreigners still go to Chinese clubs even though they have terrible history with player payments, general welfare, team culture, etc.

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