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    Jets Down Wanderers In 2-1 Thriller


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    Mark Birighitti turned in a career best performance in the Newcastle goal to deny the Wanderers even a solitary point in their round 6 clash this evening.

     

    An early goal to Wanderers forward Joey Gibbs was cancelled out by a glancing header to Ryan Griffiths, followed by a goal that could be awarded as either an Emile Heskey goal or an Ante Covic own goal to give the Jets all three points.

     

     

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    On game day the Wanderers suffered a blow with captain Michael Beauchamp being ruled out with a virus. The game started quite slowly with multiple fouls being given away by both teams. Polenz gave away one when he dragged down Craig Goodwin inside the first minute of the game. The first shot in anger came from Newcastle Marquee Emile Heskey who fired well wide to the cheers of the Red & Black Bloc. Dominic Ritter gave away a foul for the visitors after nice close control by Hersi left the Jets stranded.

     

    The only goal of the game for Western Sydney came on 15 minutes. Mooy in a deep midfield position was able to thread a pass into the path of Shinji Ono just outside the penalty box. The Japanese superstar tapped the ball onto Hersi. He flicked the b all over and through the Jets defence, setting Ono free in the box. Despite a call for offside it was clear that Ono was being played onside by the Newcastle Jets right back and play continued. Ono had the easiest of inside passes as no-one had tracked either his run or the run into the box of Joey Gibbs. With the ball served on a silver platter on the edge of the 6 yard and the young striker could not miss and he buried the chance to open the scoring.

     

    After the goal was scored another period of loose play ensued. More fouls from both teams, Heskey, Hersi, Topor-Stanley, Scott Neville and finally Mateo Poljak who received the first yellow card of the night for a trip on James Brown. From that free kick the Jets took control of possession and crafted an attack that produced the 28th minute equaliser. Heskey knocked on a ball to James Brown who worked a one-two pass with Ryan Griffiths, Brown then found Scott Neville who lofted a cross toward the near post and a scrum of players. Heskey, Topor-Stanley, La Rocca and Griffiths all rose to meet the cross but it fell between two Wanderers defenders and the glancing header hit the base of the far post and rebounded in for a goal.

     

     

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    The Wanderers looked to hit back straight away and Mark Bridge had a number of shots. The first came on the end of a Shinji Ono back heel but his shot flew over the bar. His next shot took a deflection, momentarily had the Newcastle keeper Mark Birighitti worried but he was unable to stop it going out for a corner. The final chance was the closest of the half for Bridge, Ono hit a long range diagonal pass that Bridge controlled before he cut inside the Newcastle Jets penalty box. He unleashed a shot on his right foot but the strike just missed the far top corner.

     

    With 10 minutes left to play in the half the Jets took the lead. An aimless chip into the 6 yard box evaded all the Wanderers defenders as Heskey knocked La Rocca out of the play. Heskey got a toe to the ball and directed it toward goal. The ball rebounded off the same post that the first goal did, bounced back into Ante Covic's hand and unluckily went backward for the goal to leave the Wanderers down 2-1 at the break.

     

    The second half started with an ambitious effort from D'Apuzzo when the ball came to him from a corner but it was wildly off target and lacked power. The Wanderers best two chances fell to Joey Gibbs. On 57 minutes Ante Covic launched a goal-kick that Mark Bridge was able to flick on to Gibbs. The young striker took on Tiago Calvano and opened himself up to shoot. The shot was centimeters wide, curling away from goal rather than toward. 3 minutes later he got his second chance. After building from the back the Wanderers won a throw-in that Mooy received before hitting a pin-point cross onto the chest of Gibbs. Birighitti stood tall once again to deny the Wanderers.

     

    Dino Kresinger was thrown on for Gibbs moments after that second miss and he created an immediate impact. Hersi chipped the ball to the big target man, Ono ran in behind the Jets defence and Dino dutifully flicked the ball on to meet the run. With a clear sight of goal Ono chose to use his right foot in an attempt to lob the ball over the keeper. Birighitti once again stood tall by swatting the ball away. Aaron Mooy took a long-range free kick and aimed it straight at goal, his forceful shot dipping but not far enough to challenge Birighitti.

     

    With time running down Western Sydney laid siege to the Newcastle goal. Shannon Cole broke down the left hand side, brilliantly outplaying four Jets defenders. From the byline Cole delivered a cross into the middle. With Dino lurking in the centre it needed the slightest of touches from Josh Mitchell to take it off the head of the striker. In the 88th minute the game turned even more in favour of the Wanderers as Jacob Pepper received a second yellow card despite coming on as a substitute in the 83rd minute.

     

     

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    All hands were on deck for Newcastle as they toiled to repel the Wanderers attack. Emile Heskey repeatedly found himself clearing the ball from crosses, playing almost like a makeshift centre back. La Rocca attempted a long range drive, D'Apuzzo tried the same both with no result. The final chance of the game fell to Dino Kresinger who met the last corner of the game but wasn't able to get it on target.

     

    The story of this game was deep crosses and ambitious long shots. The Wanderers have one of the highest ratings in the league for shots taken but many of them are from ranges upward of 25 or even 30 yards. Popovic has assembled a squad that is fully capable of playing the ball on the ground all the way from Ante Covic up to the front men like Hersi and Bridge. It is possible that the defensive mindset of the Wanderers leads their defenders to playing long balls first to get the ball clear but I think they could do better keeping it on the ground if the options are available.

     

    The last hectic minutes of the game saw probably a dozen crosses that came in from deep areas. These crosses are often aimless, simply getting it 'into the mixer' and hoping that a second ball will fall or that a flick-on might open up a path to goal. If there is no obvious target for these crosses they should not be made. Having the aim of just dinking it to the big man up front isn't an effective strategy. The best two moments of the second half for the Wanderers came from a byline cross by Shannon Cole that if not for the slightest of defensive touches would have had Dino unmarked 5 yards out, and the second came from Mooy aiming the ball over the heads of the Jets defenders for the Gibbs chest down.

     

    Popovic should be happy with the performance but not the end product. Everyone will know they can still improve and get those results and the players have the quality to get the job done. They just need to ditch the aimless long balls and deep crosses. I don't think we can ask for Barcelona triangles and short passing, but when our tactics are often about hitting crosses to a target man, then we should be creating opportunities for effective crosses which in the modern game are those that come in hard and fast from the byline either by the wingers or by the fullbacks.

     

    Defensively the team was sound but not overly convincing, neither goal was a result of a major defensive error and the defense worked well even with La Rocca standing in for Beauchamp. We have heard some news that Mateo Poljak has suffered a major injury that may keep him out for a long time, this will force a reshuffle in defence to cover the more defensively minded role that he played in central midfield. La Rocca could be stepping up from central defence to that midfield position or Popovic might opt for Caira or Trifiro to join Mooy.

     

    The Wanderers next match is against Perth Glory in Perth on the 18th of November at 5:pm Eastern Daylight Savings Time.

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    One Sydney club never gives up and fights ti the end.

     

    The other capitulates.

     

    One Sydney club was described as having an amazing atmosphere with "the roar of the crowd when the team has the ball, everyone on their feet being something to behold"

     

    The other needs Del Piero to wind up the fans to create atmosphere even when they are winning (as was the case last night)

     

    One was put together just 3 months ago and last night dominated the team topping the table

     

    The other has a global superstar and the likes of Brett Emerton and floundering at the bottom of the table.

     

    One team has made it's supporters proud and treats them like family

     

    The other treats them like dollar signs.

     

    Guess which one we support?

     

    Who do we sing for!!!

     

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    Unlucky from Wanderers. Played well and had so many chances to win the game.

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    One Sydney club never gives up and fights ti the end.

     

    The other capitulates.

     

    One Sydney club was described as having an amazing atmosphere with "the roar of the crowd when the team has the ball, everyone on their feet being something to behold"

     

    The other needs Del Piero to wind up the fans to create atmosphere even when they are winning (as was the case last night)

     

    One was put together just 3 months ago and last night dominated the team topping the table

     

    The other has a global superstar and the likes of Brett Emerton and floundering at the bottom of the table.

     

    One team has made it's supporters proud and treats them like family

     

    The other treats them like dollar signs.

     

    Guess which one we support?

     

    Who do we sing for!!!

     

    My vote for post of the year

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    The squadron are easily the best supporters group to have come to Parra so far. Didn't stop all game.

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    here's a positive

     

    i think we saw something special last night, some thing that 99.999999% of football fans haven't seen.

     

    and that was seeing heskey score a goal in the flesh.

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    here's a positive

     

    i think we saw something special last night, some thing that 99.999999% of football fans haven't seen.

     

    and that was seeing heskey score a goal in the flesh.

     

    hahahhaha

     

    I think it was actually that Heskey provided an assist to Covic!

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    here's a positive

     

    i think we saw something special last night, some thing that 99.999999% of football fans haven't seen.

     

    and that was seeing heskey score a goal in the flesh.

     

    hahahhaha

     

    I think it was actually that Heskey provided an assist to Covic!

     

    well he said that he wouldn't change his game for this season and continue to be a provider - so maybe your right :)

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    I think were in a very good shape if we can walk away from yet another game against top opposition knowing we could have and probably should have got the 3 points.

     

    Except for a 25minute spell in the first half we always looked comfortable and in control of our game plan. In that 25 minutes we just allowed newcastle way too much space to send in croses, this was where we lost the game.

    That and 2 or 3 chances we were guilty of not finishing but that happens and with some etter luck next time theyl be in the net.

     

    Hersi, Gibbs, Ono were superb!

    Mooy started slow but got into his groove.

    La Rocca impressed, NTS was abit off in some of his markig but did ok.

    Bridge had a good game as did D'apuzzo when he switched to midfield, but was fpund out at left back abit.

    Polenz is always solid as was Covic baring his unlucky own goal.

     

    Dino was.... Lets not go there, all il say is the team suffers with him on the park.

    Cole was great!

    Minnicoin was ok.

     

    *i must say Poppas subs were a mistake last night. Taking off Hersi was a bad call, i would have taken Bridge (even though he had a great game) off too add speed amd flair.

    Kresinger just isnt an impact player an we looked flat n unorganised with Gibbs off.

     

    Cole really worked tho.

    Id definently be calling for him to start at left back next week. He just adds another dimension in attack, would compliment bridge alot on that side.

    D'apuzzo is still a good bench option amd was good in midfield. Good bench option.

    Bench also needs more Kubi!!!

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    I agree DeeDee, first time I have not agreed with Popa's subs, although I don't know about injuries, fatigue, etc. Poljak didn't deserve to come off and d'Apuzzo not up to that grade in the middle of the park. I'm not the biggest Shannon Cole fan in the world, but he impressed last night. I could actually see him playing Bridge's role in front of d'Apuzzo.

     

    Shinji getting better and better. Many happy impressed value.

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    Every one of our players that took the park yesterday gave their all for the shirt, fans and themselves. They never gave up and were very unlucky not too at least get a point out of that game. The bounce of the ball just didn't go our way. Still very positive signs and one of these games all those half chances will go into the back of the net.

     

    Proud to be a Wanderers fan and not of that other rabble of utter s*** from the east that give up.

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    All in all well done to the boys n the RBB , the boys never stopped nor did the RBB , on ya boys!!!

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    Dino came closer than he came in the first couple of games and did his job last night I thought, as well as he could without the goal coming. It's easy to write him off as it didn't quite work out the way we wanted but he looked much better for his 20 mins or however long.

     

    Having said that we get pretty one dimensional when he's on, but I'm not sure you can lay the blame at his feet directly for that.

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    Would beauchamp have done a better job dealing with them 2 crosses? Thoughts?

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    Would beauchamp have done a better job dealing with them 2 crosses? Thoughts?

     

    He probably wouldn't have got his ass knocked over by Heskey on his goal. La Rocca is a much more continental flavour of central defender, smaller, more pacey and one who is intended to play the ball more than just the big unit typical English or Aussie style defenders who just want to get the ball out by any means.

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    @ deedee (and anyone else with an opinion)

    You really thought Ono was superb??

     

    Other than his involvement in the goal, i thought he was very poor.

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    @ deedee (and anyone else with an opinion)

    You really thought Ono was superb??

     

    Other than his involvement in the goal, i thought he was very poor.

     

    I thought that in the first half, when we were on top, he was great and displayed some great touches and his passing was fantastic. He certainly impressed the guys with me.

     

    I considered it to be his best game to date.

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    @ deedee (and anyone else with an opinion)

    You really thought Ono was superb??

     

    Other than his involvement in the goal, i thought he was very poor.

     

    I thought that in the first half, when we were on top, he was great and displayed some great touches and his passing was fantastic. He certainly impressed the guys with me.

     

    I considered it to be his best game to date.

     

    Perhaps i mark him too hard but i noted close to ten (at least half a dozen) fairly simple turn overs from him.

     

    I'll be watching a replay of the game tonight so will pay close attention.

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    Bridge had a poor game i think along with Kresinger and Mooy.

     

    Cole played well at left back when he came on and was one of our best in the second half.

     

    Our right side in Polenz and Hersi are excellent and Hersi should have never come off.

    D'Apouzo played well along side La Rocca and i thought Toper Stanly was a bit shakey at the back the past few games just shooting down the long balls. Ono played really well. I belive we need a striker and a Left winger is all where missing.

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    Dino was the one who flicked the ball on for Shinji which allowed him to go one on one with the keeper. I thought Dino did his job, he provided a huge solid presence up front. Agree he'd not going to outrun the tired opponents, but he provided a lot more physicality I thought.

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    Poljak would be a big loss...

     

    i heard his suspended or something next game somebody said he got a yellow last game and another yellow on Saturday

     

    hmmm

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    No, he's only got 4 cards. Jets, Heart, SFC, Adelaide. You need 5 to get a suspension.

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    Shannon Cole was fantastic.

     

    so unlucky to not get at least a point :nono:

     

    Cole was also top scorer in the NSWPL if I am not mistaken. He has an eye for goal. Its an option.

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    FTR Poljak came off at half time due to picking up a groin injury.

     

    Polenz to defensive mid where Poljak was and Elrich to right back. Should work well.

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