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    The Western Sydney Wanderers hosted the Wellington Phoenix in a vital Monday night clash at Parramatta, the two teams turned on a goal-scoring clinic that saw the Wanderers come out on top in a wild 4-3 come from behind victory to soar up to 2nd place on the ladder with goals from Wilmering, Mutch, Duke and Yeboah's winner cancelling out goals from Davila, Devlin and Hemed.

    Pre-game news from each side saw a player out of the squad due to injury. Graham Dorrans, the Wanderers midfielder was left out of the squad entirely after starting and playing 90 minutes last Sunday as he suffered a late groin strain, while for the Phoenix, New Zealand international fullback Louis Fenton hurt his hip during warm-up and was replaced by Cam Devlin. Carl Robinson returned to his position leading the Wanderers from the sideline following his illness in Melbourne last week.

    Wellington opened the scoring in the 7th minute, Davila and Piscopo played a one-two pass and the Mexican chipped it straight over the rushing dive of Daniel Margush. Dylan McGowan was caught out of position, being sucked to the ball and leaving Davila to run in behind and score. It was the 7th game this season the Wanderers had fallen behind after kick-off and had only picked up three points in those matches. The defenders briefly called for offside but the replay showed Davila was a mile on.

    The Wanderers won a corner after 16 minutes with some good work from Bernie Ibini and Mitch Duke. A grass cutter that skipped along the turf and was eventually cleared to start a Wellington counter, right as Cam Devlin was going to prop and turn back, he was knocked over by James Troisi and the foul was punished with a dubious yellow card.

    Wellington's failure to defend at the far post allowed Daniel Wilmering to score his first A-League goal to bring the teams level. Bernie Ibini had the ball on the right wing, after being shown onto the byline he somehow beat both defenders with a cross to the other side of the field. Wilmering chested it down with his first touch, and his second touch was a blistering volley that gave Oli Sail no chance to make a save.

    The Phoenix took the lead back out of absolutely nothing in the 31st minute with a goal of the season contender. After playing some neat football the Wanderers managed to clear it out to midfield where it was picked up by Devlin, he chested it out in front of himself, took a second to compose himself then launched a missile from 30 yards out that arced into the top right corner. A last second corner for the Wanderers went nowhere with Mitch Duke heading it well wide and the teams went into the sheds with the visitors in front.

    The second half proceeded without any substitutions, the Wanderers looked better and in the 51st minute they won a corner. Troisi crossed to the far post and Jordon Mutch rose highest, nodding the ball down and into the bottom corner of the goal. Wellington made the schoolboy error of not having men on the posts and like it so often does it cost a goal. Wellington tried to respond minutes later with an attack on the left flank, Tate Russell was beaten by McGarry, his floating cross to the far post found Ben Waine and his header was weak and misaimed.

    Piscopo took advantage of awful defending from Wanderers captain Dylan McGowan, he skipped into the box and with the ball about to roll out for a goal-kick McGowan stuck out a left foot and caused just enough contact to trip the attack. Fresh substitute Tomer Hemed stepped up and fired home to make it 3-2.

    In mere moments from kick-off the Wanderers had come back a 3rd time to level the scores. A long diagonal cross from Mutch found Duke, his defender completely misjudged the flight of the ball, and it allowed Duke to chest it down, turn on his left foot and strike with the right, a slicing head height stunner, adding another goal of the season chance to go with Devlin's strike from the first half. Both teams threw on attacking players to seek out a winner, Duke & Troisi were replaced by Kwame Yeboah & Bruce Kamau, Ibini then went off for Nicolai Muller and Wellington responded with Jaushua Sotirio replacing David Ball in the 79th minute.

    The Wanderers finally took the lead for themselves, Hemed lost the ball in midfield and the Wanderers broke on the counter, Kamau attacked the middle, found Muller on his right, he turned the ball across the face of goal for Yeboah and his unerring strike curled home to see the home side lead 4-3. Wellington switched to a three up front formation for the dying moments, Davila had his chance, curling a left foot shot wide of the goal.

    The drama wasn't over even in the 95th minute, Wellington launched it long, found the head of Hemed, after Sotirio tangled up with his defender the ball dropped back to Hemed and his toepoke found the back of the net and equalised. Or so the Nix thought. Long the villain for the Wanderers, for once, for once, the VAR came to the rescue of the home side. After pulling up the replay the little lines showed the Israeli attacker had strayed marginally offside, and the Wanderers escaped one of the craziest games at the new stadium with all three points and jumped up to 2nd place on the A-League ladder.

    The Wanderers next game is against Perth Glory at Parramatta on Friday March 19, with kick-off at 7:05pm.


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    I will say I wish we would stop conceding early goals and end up chasing games. I like CR but the team starts have to be looked at. FFS start Muller and Kamau then bring on Ibini and troisi when the opposition tire.

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    3 minutes ago, sonar said:

    I will say I wish we would stop conceding early goals and end up chasing games. I like CR but the team starts have to be looked at. FFS start Muller and Kamau then bring on Ibini and troisi when the opposition tire.

    Nope, can't. Wrong agent.

    Seriously though, fire Troisi into the sun. If this was 2017 he might be half work a run. But Kamau has proved over the last 10 or so games he is ready to go to the next level. Muller has shown constantly he is a step above Troisi. The problem is here that CR will look at this game and think that his decision to keep these guys for the last 20 minutes is a master stroke, when in reality he's trying to win games in 20 minutes

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    3 minutes ago, pseudonym said:

    Wilmering played well all game

    Very very very lucky to get three points

    Talay has every right to scream blue murder in the post match conference

    Agree with the first two points but not the third.   Dukes goal was not a free kick and offside is offside. I'm remembering a game against Perth ( I think ) at Spotless where Ikonomidis was given offside by VAR for the same thing... a shoulder.....swings and roundabouts isn't it.

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    What a game and great advertisement for the league.

    Easily one of the best games i've watched, goals were insane, only behind the Semi Final comeback vs Roar which I was luckily enough to attend.

    We finally got a VAR decision go our way. Offside is offside.

    This team has a lot of character to comeback 3 times and then go infront. I noticed when we went 3-2 down one of the players immediately got the ball after the penalty, sprinted and put it back on the halfway line. 2 seconds later and its a Wanderers goal.

    Jordon Mutch man of the match for me, broke up play, distributed well and scored a "mutch" needed goal.

    Defence was shaky but did the job in the end. Mcgowan is back to his clown defending unfortunately.

    Baccus was decent tonight, a lot better than last few games. Pretty much set up the winner from his challenge on the halfway line.

    Duke's goal was insane, what a finish lad. 

    So happy for Wilmering, kid is class and brilliant finish, deserves that goal a lot (take not Aquilina, thats how you finish).

    Ibini was ok today, yeah he can be lazy but he shows some great moments going forward, a lot of bad moments as well.

    Kamau is insane and he is finally finding consistent form, his flicks and tricks are something else, such an exciting player to watch. Interested to see how he plays when he starts.

    Yeboah scores some bloody important goals I tell you what, he cops it a lot (sometimes rightly so), but im so happy for him, he looks positive and is gaining a lot of confidence.

    Decent turnout for me on a Monday night from both sets of fans, so annoyed I couldn't be there tonight but still such a great game to watch.

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    17 minutes ago, pseudonym said:

     

    Talay has every right to scream blue murder in the post match conference

    Why? the Duke Goal was never a foul, the defender just misread the flight of the back AA8s stylee, and the offside was offside (I hate Var too, but it was at least a consistent decision)

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    So, with all the restaurants in Parramatta, you chose Maccas. FMD.

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    Geez there was a bit going on out there haha what a game

    Let it be known that Yeboah has more goals against Wellington than Ronaldo and Messi combined. Maybe we were wrong about him :ninja:

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    15 minutes ago, VedranRozic said:

    Muller looked disinterested and slow when he came on. Spent half the time arguing with Mutch.

    Could be going the way of Georgevski perhaps?

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    Big points against a strong opponent, we picked up the points we left behind in the Gong a few weeks back. They defended three goals poorly, and it cost them. Most entertaining game so far in Wanderland Mk 2, great active support.

     

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    For years there’s been a general undercurrent of people disliking VAR, but the minute we get a VAR call go our way sokkah twitter is losing it. Even saw one former Fox pundit taking about fan boycotts to get rid of it. And all on a call that was close but clearly correct.

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    16 minutes ago, Davo said:

    For years there’s been a general undercurrent of people disliking VAR, but the minute we get a VAR call go our way sokkah twitter is losing it. Even saw one former Fox pundit taking about fan boycotts to get rid of it. And all on a call that was close but clearly correct.

    I dunno I think it's not surprising. nobody likes it. a 4-4 result with a last minute banger from a super sub is a great story for the neutral that is denied so it doesn't surprise me. yeah according to those stupid lines from fox its correct but it's still ******* dumb. 

    still i take the point that we are not allowed nice things:D

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    27 minutes ago, Davo said:

    For years there’s been a general undercurrent of people disliking VAR, but the minute we get a VAR call go our way sokkah twitter is losing it. Even saw one former Fox pundit taking about fan boycotts to get rid of it. And all on a call that was close but clearly correct.

    Every one of them ignored the obvious handball from a Nix player who had his hands wrapped around McGowan's waist at a set piece. Can't ever call that a natural position but VAR didn't bother to look at it and the game went on.

    VAR's major problem is the complete lack of actually sticking to "clear and obvious" errors and the general inconsistency.

    WSW get the right call go their way and suddenly people go crazy.

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    Ummm, haven’t people been going crazy about the VAR for a while? Sorry, but I just don’t get the anti-Wanderers Conspiracy angle on this one.

     

    Anyway, that’s the sort of game (and goal from Duke!) that makes a semi-disinterested former foundation member take notice. It’s good to watch an entertaining game of A-League football that involves the Wanderers every now and again.

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    25 minutes ago, Generator said:

    Ummm, haven’t people been going crazy about the VAR for a while? Sorry, but I just don’t get the anti-Wanderers Conspiracy angle on this one.

     

    Anyway, that’s the sort of game (and goal from Duke!) that makes a semi-disinterested former foundation member take notice. It’s good to watch an entertaining game of A-League football that involves the Wanderers every now and again.

    I’m with you on the conspiracy thing, there is an old saying “if it’s a choice between incompetence and conspiracy it’s incompetence” 

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    7 hours ago, mack said:

    Every one of them ignored the obvious handball from a Nix player who had his hands wrapped around McGowan's waist at a set piece. Can't ever call that a natural position but VAR didn't bother to look at it and the game went on.

    VAR's major problem is the complete lack of actually sticking to "clear and obvious" errors and the general inconsistency.

    WSW get the right call go their way and suddenly people go crazy.

    Lack of consistency is the problem, not just with Var but the refereeing in general 

    I don’t buy the anti-Wanderers conspiracy, most teams have been shafted by it 

     

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    So based on the Nix and their "Support Base" while based in Aus (Mexico, Israel and the odd Kiwi of course !) . We should have plenty of English Scottish, Irish, oh and lets not forget our Welsh Brethren  supporting the Wanderers from the respective communities in Sydney.   Great marketing from the Nix.

     

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