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    Mierzejewski Brace KO's Wanderers


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    An early gift to the Wanderers from Andrew Redmayne was cancelled out as Sydney FC ran out 3-1 winners in the last derby of the regular season.

    With both teams suffering from suspensions and Sydney FC having flown home from China it looked to be the Wanderers best hope of taking all three points against their city rivals in a game marked by teeming rain.

    10 minutes in and the away side capitalised on some poor defence and awful goalkeeping to open the scoring through Oriol Riera. Marcelo Carrusca found fullback Raul LLorente with a lofted ball over the top, his cross bobbled into the path of Andrew Redmayne and the ex-Wanderers keeper spilled it to the advantage of Riera who couldn't miss from 6 yards out. That was the highlight of the evening for the Wanderers as they were unable to put together any major attacks, the closest being Ikonomidis flashing a header wide in the 25th minute.

    As it looked like the Wanderers might have something to protect in the second half, Michael Thwaite was judged to pull down Ninkovic outside the box as Matt Simon tried to play back a one-two pass. Adrian Mierzejewski stepped up and fired in a curling free kick from 24 yards out, over the wall, past Vedran Janjetovic. The ball hit the crossbar and bounced over the roof of the net for the equaliser.

    Sydney FC had the lead in the 55th and Mierzejewski had a brace. Ninkovic hit a cross onto the penalty area that neither central defender headed away, and instead of clearing the ball, Carrusca chested it down inexplicably, Thwaite had been knocked down by Matt Simon, and with Roly Bonevacia & Carrusca pulling out of a challenge on Simon, the ball fell to the feet of Mierzejewski and he shot unerringly into the bottom corner. It was dreadful, inept defence, players falling over themselves and failures to clear the ball as good as throwing it into the net.

    The match was practically over by that point and the third sealed it. Bonevacia capped off his season worst night by losing the ball with an aimless pass to Ninkovic, he ran into the box, released Bobo with a backheel and with the defence beaten the striker slipped the ball past Vedran.

    The mild positives for the Wanderers that they showed some fight in the contest, that they had glimpses of quality in attack, but once again they were let down by flops like Roly & Alvaro Cejudo who came on in the second half to no effect whatsoever,  with one major contrast being Mierzejewski smashing home his free kick and Cejudo smashing a free kick into the Sydney FC wall. Mark Bridge was a passenger, Riera once again was forced to run back into the midfield to try and hold the ball, which of course left the Wanderers missing his quality on the end of moves and Hamill & Thwaite were comprehensively outplayed by Matt Simon, a striker who hasn't scored in two years.

    With the majority of the team coming off contract at the end of this season there are few people on that list who look like they deserve another year as a professional footballer. It might even be for the best of the Wanderers drop out of the 6, as there will be no consolation finals series loss and Gombau can immediately get to work clearing out the deadwood from the Popovic era.

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    10 minutes ago, StringerBellend said:

    The flare was good wasn't it

    Best fun for ages. Love that smell!

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    Of course, how could I forget. 

    If there was ever a day when marine safety devices were needed it was today.

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    2 minutes ago, StringerBellend said:

    I'm not team #gombauout, but by the end of the season he will have had 21 out of 27 rounds and a mid season transfer window. He should be judged on what he does with the team. Popa is gone as is Foxe, if Gombau can't put a team in the top 6 of a league as **** as this one is then, I'd be suprised if he is trusted with the next season.

    I think it will be academic anyway as. we will make the 6, and maybe the 4. I'm not advocating we drop coach as a hat, but I'm pretty tired of the blaming of previous manager.

    I'm actually warming to the potato headed one.

    :lol:

     

    It’s definitely academic.

    Yeah I agree the #popaout-ers are generally too eager to blame him, but unfortunately FCB is right - we’re in a pre-season. This team is a mashup. Part Popa, part Gombau. You don’t let your captain go unless you know you’re rebuilding.

    Gomabau made a massive mistake experimenting for the last derby, but it looks like he’s getting some settled players and positions now, I actually think we’re showing some good signs. There’s not many decent players brought into the A-league in the January window, but he brought two good’uns. More signings of that class and we’ll be in business.

     

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    32 minutes ago, sonar said:

    Tbh mack, Llorente and Riera were great buys.

    Cejudo's here for the holiday and Roly is a huge disappointment. 

    Riera has a 2 year deal so isn't in that list, and Llorente is one of the few that might deserve a new deal.

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    32 minutes ago, btron3000 said:

    Also, we’ve had just one coach in our existence. Let’s not turn into one of those whinging teams that dumps their coach at the drop of a hat.

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    32 minutes ago, luisenrique said:

    Don't get me started on Roly...probably the stupidest player I've ever seen. His ability to make the wrong decision so consistently is astounding.

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    1 minute ago, btron3000 said:

    :lol:

     

    It’s definitely academic.

    Yeah I agree the #popaout-ers are generally too eager to blame him, but unfortunately FCB is right - we’re in a pre-season. This team is a mashup. Part Popa, part Gombau. You don’t let your captain go unless you know you’re rebuilding.

    Gomabau made a massive mistake experimenting for the last derby, but it looks like he’s getting some settled players and positions now, I actually think we’re showing some good signs. There’s not many decent players brought into the A-league in the January window, but he brought two good’uns. More signings of that class and we’ll be in business.

     

    Yep Gombau has made a bunch of mistakes, but the clubs aim has to be to get into the knock out games and go from there. The league is ****, we can still make top 4 and should make the 6. I just get wound up at the, its ok this pre-season for next year... This season isn't over and we shouldn't give up on it until it is. I'll engage in watching youtube clips of random south americans in the off season, its long enough.

    Can't wait for Perth @ ANZ stadium to think how great the atmosphere will be. 

     

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    Flares were the only highlight. Oh and the collection of cove twelvies who rushed the away  end and offered the entire rbb out.

    Comical that people are still trying to blame popa. Did he tell gombau to play tiki taka during a monsoon?

     

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    5 minutes ago, GoatyMcGoatFace said:

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    See I don't mind that.. they pay their money they can have their say.. lets face it few would now be saying if only we had kept frank

    The sign in russian was a bit of a wank though. 

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    I couldn't see - What was written on the signs that the RBB held up at the start of the game?

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    10 minutes ago, StringerBellend said:

    Weirdly that's about the most fun I've had a match I've had all year.. 

    Because it was at a football ground.

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    Just now, lloydy136 said:

    Flares were the only highlight. Oh and the collection of cove twelvies who rushed the away  end and offered the entire rbb out.

    Comical that people are still trying to blame popa. Did he tell gombau to play tiki taka during a monsoon?

     

    Apparently he rang Carrusca and told him to try and chest a ball down on the edge of his own box, rather than belt it anywhere

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    6 minutes ago, lloydy136 said:

    Flares were the only highlight. Oh and the collection of cove twelvies who rushed the away  end and offered the entire rbb out.

    Comical that people are still trying to blame popa. Did he tell gombau to play tiki taka during a monsoon?

     

    At what point did the junior football factory crew think that it was going to end well? Weird wasn't it

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    1 minute ago, StringerBellend said:

    At what point did the junior football factory crew think that it was going to end well? Weird wasn't it

    I remember a couple of them coming into the Aurora a couple of years ago with similar intentions, it ended with them quite literally crying outside with their parents next to them.

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    1 minute ago, luisenrique said:

    I remember a couple of them coming into the Aurora a couple of years ago with similar intentions, it ended with them quite literally crying outside with their parents next to them.

    They look like they are going to a Danny Dyer dress up party

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    7 minutes ago, wanderersfanatic said:

    Who is this wanker? 

     

     

     

    Just had a look on social media and wished i hadn't.

    In addition to the 'OMG flares' brigade we now have people outraged about people wearing shirts that are 'disrespectful to the ffa'.

    Sigh.

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    1 win in the last 13 derbies.

    Absolute joke. 

    Massive changes needed in the next few years. 

     

     

     

     

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    I refuse to believe anyone who doesn't work for the FFa would complain about that, unless they're just trying to get a rise out of people.

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    7 minutes ago, luisenrique said:

    I refuse to believe anyone who doesn't work for the FFa would complain about that, unless they're just trying to get a rise out of people.

     

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    4 minutes ago, lloydy136 said:

     

    Dear Brain, Surely somebody paying $50 a ticket to stand in the pissing rain can wear what they want

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    42 minutes ago, btron3000 said:

    :lol:

     

    It’s definitely academic.

    Yeah I agree the #popaout-ers are generally too eager to blame him, but unfortunately FCB is right - we’re in a pre-season. This team is a mashup. Part Popa, part Gombau. You don’t let your captain go unless you know you’re rebuilding.

    Gomabau made a massive mistake experimenting for the last derby, but it looks like he’s getting some settled players and positions now, I actually think we’re showing some good signs. There’s not many decent players brought into the A-league in the January window, but he brought two good’uns. More signings of that class and we’ll be in business.

     

    FCB is always right :-)

    We are never going to win anything with Gombau. He is incapable having this squad play to its strength, but exposes its weaknesses instead. Roly and Bridge are a shadow of themselves. Herd in the stands. 

    That's not man management. That's stupid. He says that he won't change, so Gombau Plan A all the way it is. But as long as people are enjoying the positive signs...

     

     

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    6 minutes ago, lloydy136 said:

     

    What is he going to do or say when FIFA FCKs the FFA? 

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    For all the #Gombauoutist having a sook because the majority players he recruited are crap......play a song on this.....

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    30 minutes ago, lloydy136 said:

     

    Remember this guy used to work for the FFA and you'll understand why he is completely blinkered and out of touch.

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