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  • Impotent Wanderers On Brink Of Top 6 Exit


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    The Western Sydney Wanderers faced Brisbane Roar at Parramatta on Friday Night, in a 6 v 7 clash both teams were desperate to win to keep in touch with the top 4. Brisbane came away with the three points, as goals from Josh Brindell-South & Riku Danzaki came either side of a 23rd minute Bruce Kamau goal.

    Simon Cox being returned to the starting lineup by Carl Robinson was the major pre-game news, his recent good form off the bench earning him the start. Dylan McGowan also returned following a rest stint. The Wanderers began brightly and on top of the visitors, Tom Aquilina drawing a yellow card out of Josh Brindell-South as the fullback turned the corner and was about to head into the penalty area. In the 15th minute Tate Russell did break into the area, turning in and out to beat his marker before firing in a cross that was cleared for a corner. Ziggy Gordon was left completely free from the set piece but could only hit the header straight into the arms of Jamie Young.

    The Roar took the lead against the run of play in the 17th minute from their first serious attack of the game. Dylan Wenzel-Halls took a touch on the edge of the penalty area then cut onto his right foot to leave Russell unable to put in a block. The long range effort couldn't beat Margush but the Wanderers keeper could do little but turn the ball into the path of Brindell-South and the fullback managed to nutmeg Aquilina with his follow-up strike and score at the near post past the diving Margush.

    Brisane nearly doubled their lead in the 23rd minute, with Corey Brown having an acre of space on the left flank, his cross found an unmarked Wenzel-Halls inside the 6 yard box but his header was incredibly poor and blazed over the bar.

    The Wanderers went straight up the other end and equalised. Margush fired a long ball onto half-way, two of the Roar's 3 man central defensive unit knocked each other, leaving the ball for Mitch Duke. He pushed forward and found Simon Cox who immediately found Bruce Kamau in the middle of the penalty area with a low pass. Kamau summed up the situation as he strode onto the ball and fired a left footed first time shot past Jamie Young into the roof of the net and a 1-1 scoreline. The friendly fire collision forced Tom Aldred off the field and he was replaced by Kai Trewin.

    Margush was having a very eccentric evening, coming out his area on numerous occasions to clear through balls and was caught off his line right before half-time. The ball dropped in midfield for Jay O'Shea and he took a look up and catapulted the ball towards the Wanderers goal, with Margush scrambling and completely beaten the keeper was rescued by the crossbar, and on the rebound Danzaki was there first but couldn't keep his feet and the Wanderers escaped a very dangerous situation.

    The crossbar scare perhaps spooked Margush from coming out again as the Roar played a long ball behind the defence that Joey Champness totally beat Ziggy Gordon for pace. The Wanderers defence was slow to react, McGowan couldn't close down the first time cross and Tass Mourdoukoutas had inexplicably slowed down in his pursuit of Danzaki and that was all the space the Japanese young gun needed, a first time side footed finish that Margush had no hope of stopping. The two teams headed into the break with the Wanderers having the better of the half but suffering from two moments of poor defence to go in behind.

    The Wanderers opened the half with a chance for Mitch Duke at a corner he couldn't put on target. In the 55th minute Macaulay Gillesphey rose at a Roar corner, ensured Baccus couldn't impact on his header, it required Margush to palm it away and for Gordon to clear it long. Robinson reacted to the lack of forward progress by taking off Mitch Duke and Simon Cox and replacing them with Bernie Ibini and Kwame Yeboah. In an unusual event one of the linesmen had to come off the pitch with a groin injury, 67 minute in. The fourth official had to step in and run the line on the far side.

    Robinson took the time to prepare his 2nd set of subs for the night with James Troisi and Daniel Wilmering coming in for Tate Russell and Tass Mourdoukoutas. Along with the subs came a formation change as the team reshaped into 442 with a diamond midfield. The change nearly paid immediately dividends as a magnificent cross from Daniel Wilmering found the head of Kwame Yeboah without result. A 73rd minute corner wasn't cleared properly by the Roar, and it fell to McGowan, his turning shot was on target but straight at Young. The Wanderers made their final change of the night as Dorrans exited for Nicolai Muller.

    The 85th minute was marked by a great chance for Bernie Ibini. Wilmering found him with another brilliant cross from deep, Ibini chested it down, and turned on his marker only to have it blocked by a desperate lunge from Kai Trewin. The ball fell to Muller but after beating one defender he couldn't get the ball through a sea of legs. Western Sydney threw everything but the keeper up in the final minutes with a succession of corners. Troisi couldn't find a quality ball but he still managed to create havoc, after pinballing deep inside the area Troisi steamed in off a long run up but provided one of the worst shots of the game as his shot ended up in the parking lot.

    The loss was the Wanderers 5 game in a row without a win, and leaves the club almost certain to drop out of the top 6 due to the mammoth games in hand difference between the Wanderers and the chasing pack of Brisbane and Western United. If the side weren't coming up against Melbourne Victory next week you'd wonder when if ever the next win would come from. As it stands there might be some slight favouritism for the Wanderers depending on how Victory do in their Saturday derby. Carl Robinson looks to have little capacity to turn things around, he continues his dismal 5 at the back formation that simply does not work with the side he has assembled.

    The Wanderers next game is against Melbourne Victory on Friday April 23 in Melbourne with kickoff at 7:05 PM.


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    4 minutes ago, MathyouWSW said:

    We suck.

    I'm gonna drink a 6 pack of Somersby's Apple Cider and forget that tonight happened. 

    Who's with me?

    I started with a Gordon Pink Gin & Soda, added a Raspberry Vodka Cruiser when it was half empty and I've got a couple Mercury 8.2% cider cans left or just drinking my Aldi lemon gin straight out of the bottle I can continue with. 

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    1 minute ago, mack said:

    I started with a Gordon Pink Gin & Soda, added a Raspberry Vodka Cruiser when it was half empty and I've got a couple Mercury 8.2% cider cans left or just drinking my Aldi lemon gin straight out of the bottle I can continue with. 

    Mercury Cider, good choice.
    I managed to find some Kopparberg 7% so I'll be having that for "dessert" with the 6 pack of Somersby.

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    I’ve moved into the usual Wanderers supporter apathy I develop at about this stage of the season. This squad should be doing better. Robinson seems to have no alternatives to his usual setup. McGowan and Troisi - well I just don’t get it....

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    3 minutes ago, Potkorok said:

    I’ve moved into the usual Wanderers supporter apathy I develop at about this stage of the season. This squad should be doing better. Robinson seems to have no alternatives to his usual setup. McGowan and Troisi - well I just don’t get it....

    Gotta start to question Robinson's tactical ability/flexibility same same every week. And not working every week..  I asked after last game are we Robinson out yet..after this insipid performance what's the mood now on this..? Looks like another season fading away..and another bottom six finish looking. 

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    That was such a **** performance it’s no wonder the fans are not turning up. Our defence has no idea of how to mark players and end up on the wrong side, midfield is non existent and if they do get the ball turn in circles then pass the ball backwards, and our forwards tend to bunch together with no idea of creating space or how to shoot. And as for our subs they come on with 15 mins to go make no effort and walk around the park. They are bloody hopeless and Robinson has no idea oh how to get the best out of them or drop players for a bad performance. 

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    13 minutes ago, WHACKO said:

    If your still able to watch this team for the 90 minutes, then you don't drink enough.

    Beer goggles are the only way to watch the wanderers

    Except we still look shyte through the bottom of an empty beer bottle

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    I find it hard to believe that Troisi, Ibini and Yeboah are professional footballers. Surely park footballers could have looked better than the trash they dished up.

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    19 minutes ago, Unlimited said:

    Our performance in front of goal reminds me of my love life for several years: incompetent, inept, and impotent

    :rofl:

    Just got home from the game and tbh in general play I thought we were okay with our goal being a highlight and the formation at the back and the ineptness of our first touch being the lows.. Were Ibini and Yeboah wearing concrete boots......first touches were horrible. I'm not #CRout but gee it's hard to stay positive.

    PS....to Jess and Ed....great to meet you guys.

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    4 minutes ago, BBB said:

    I find it hard to believe that Troisi, Ibini and Yeboah are professional footballers. Surely park footballers could have looked better than the trash they dished up

    Both ibini and yeboah terrible first touch and no ability to hold the ball up like Cox did so well in the first half.. both of them stumbling and bumbling around tonight. 

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    11 minutes ago, Smoggy said:

    Beer goggles are the only way to watch the wanderers

    Except we still look shyte through the bottom of an empty beer bottle

    It's even worse for those of us that don't drink..........:D

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    First touches from some of our players are more like through balls.

    We were terrible tonight. Tried hard but offered nothing really and rarely threatened. Still cannot finish. Roar just sat back and sucked everything up.

    Seriously, I'm sick of watching this tripe.

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    2 minutes ago, jockman said:

    Both ibini and yeboah terrible first touch and no ability to hold the ball up like Cox did so well in the first half.. both of them stumbling and bumbling around tonight. 

    As soon as Cox and Duke were subbed it was game over.

    Of the subs the only one that can hold his head high is Wilmering.

    Ibini, Troisi and Yeboah are not interested and should not play.

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    What an absolutely disgraceful performance.

    Serious questions need to be asked about specific people in this club. How many empty seats will it take for JT to get the sack Lederer? His overall management of this club, decisions and specific selections and resulted in us going from 18,000 members to under 10,000... seriously how TF can you keep someone around for this long who clearly isn't doing their job well for years on end.

    Tonight I pretty much lost all hope in Robinson. So one dimensional with the most stacked team in the A-League. Embarrassing that we took him off another club when they were good and now he has gone to sh*t with us. Same with a lot of the other players we signed from rival clubs. 

    Goals we conceded were absolutely comical, finishing was pathetic, quality of chance creation is so bad.

    The style of football and formation is absolutely unbearable. 

    Troisi and Mcgowan can leave, absolutely pathetic. Troisi still thinks he is the next bloody Harry Kewell and can't cross a ball or shoot to save his life.

    Mcgowan genuinely might be the worst defender the club has ever signed. There was one chance where he was marking DWH, and then just left him open for a cross, not even attempting to contest, luckily DWH skied the simple header.

    Duke doesn't seem himself, to me it doesn't look like he chases the ball like he used to.

    Only players I am ever impressed with are Kamau and Ziggy. Give absolutely everything week in week out and genuinely perform.

    The member event this Sunday is going to be very interesting, wonder if those attending are going to do or say anything to players, staff etc.

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    Haven't posted on this forum for a very long time but just needed to vent somewhere.

    For a club with our resources surely the owners must be ****** embarrassed with the dross that's been dished up for the last 5 yrs.

    Our midfield is a shambles mostly go sideways or backward and when they do try and go forward the ball movement is to slow. Or they just can't control it and lose it.

    Our backline lacks any leadership and concede soft goals. Plus there is no leader in the centre of the defence. Absolute soft ***** and mostly disorganised. Looking at you McGowan

    Our forwards always seem to receive the ball with their backs to goal. Ibini, Yeboah especially have the touch of an elephant and end up losing it.

    Our coaching staff are either stubborn and insist on playing with 3 at the back or they are under instruction from the hierarchy to play that formation because somehow its suppose to be the WSW style of play? F*A*R*K knows, but anyone with a football brain can see we don't have the cattle to play this way.

    That leads me to our owners and CEO. Since they bought the club WSW has been a total cluster**** on the pitch. They have not retained players they should have retained. Bought players that are not up to the quality to wear the black and red. And in some cases show no pride for the shirt. Lederer talks big words with his mark my words crap, but he and his mates haven't bothered to take out their big fat wallets and bring in some real quality attacking midfielders that will excite the fans. Or a big commanding experienced centre back who commands his defence and the defensive third. If they can't or are unwilling to do so they should sell the club to someone who will. Us fans deserve way better than the rubbish that constantly gets dished up to us. They are the ones who have installed a string of clueless coaches since popa left so its on them more than anyone else.

    There I feel better now 

     

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    That was terrible, Muriel. I am working on my second bourbon now, and one could argue that I am under the influence, but still:

    Natta’s absence was noticeable, and it is quite a statement to make that we were missing an 18 yo in the starting line up; Tass is no match

    Tonight was the end of the myth that Cox is a starting player; he has the physique, pace and fitness of a pub footballer

    How often have we said this season “how did we not score?”. Answer: we don’t have a proper consistent goal scorer. Never have had. 

    We are unable to string 70 minutes of football together, let alone 90

    In the period after the equaliser we were shambolic, memories of the S5 Valentine’s Day massacre came back; we could (or should!) have been 4:1 down

    The youth and inexperience of our fullbacks showed this evening

    Troisi gives control, Ibini has physical presence, we looked different once they came on

    Overall, I am feeling myself transported back to S3, minus the buzz of winning the ACL title. And on that not I am going to pour me another drink. Cheers!

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    3 minutes ago, FCB said:

     

    Natta’s absence was noticeable, and it is quite a statement to make that we were missing an 18 yo in the starting line up; Tass is no match

     

    That was clearly evident tonight. 

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    When Yeboah and Ibini came on together, you knew that was the game. 

    By the time Muller and Troisi were on the nails were in the coffin. 

    How those four players have been so poor is baffling. They're not terrible footballers, it really is bizarre.

    Other than that, that's one of our better games. Kamau is excellent. Cox is very good. When those two were on, we looked very good.

    That's the season ladies and gents. There's always next 👍

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