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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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    For me the only way were gonna win is on Redders mistakes which he is good for at least 2 a game. We got one, but we didn't really test him after that so we never got that 2nd chance from him

    But our defence... i mean a piece of paper can protect Janjetovic better than our back 4 its amazing we are in top 6 but tells you how bad the bottom 4 are to keep us in that position.

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    4 hours ago, StringerBellend said:

    So was Herd in the stands or in the UK I’ve read both. 

    Could have done with him being on the field. Gombau really does like Lustica doesn’t  he

    Playing with Lustica is like playing with 10 men.

    Not good enough with the ball, not good enough off the ball. Just simply out of his depth but first on the team sheet for Gombau.

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    3 hours ago, Prydzopolis said:

    The flares, the club has made the stance very clear & I’m surprised there isn’t more mainstream media fallout. Thought Bossi would be straight on to that...

    Stupidity really, those people won’t see a football ground for 10 years. 

    A derby crowd of 25k.

    I think the FFA, ESFC media and our own club hierarchy have realised they've alienated enough people by now. Any further pandering to authority and the next derby will be 15k.

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    1 hour ago, Erebus said:

    This is why crowds across the competition are at an all time low. Because the FFA have banned anyone that has passion for the sport.

    Its also why active support is at an all time low across all teams. For the very same reason.

    $hit on the fans that actually care about the sport and you end up with soulless games with no atmosphere every weekend at every ground. The FFA have succeeded in ostracising every rusted on fan of their competition.

    Compare the active ends of ALL clubs from our 1st and 2nd season to now. They are all a joke. Its because security has clamped down on them for stupid reasons and the FFA have banned all their passionate supporters for stupid reasons with little or no evidence.

    Banning more people is not the answer.

    Ban them all, I say. Fit the seats permanently with crash test dummies. Play tapes with the S1 and S2 atmosphere during the games. No more police required. Family friendly as families can watch the games at home via Foxtel. 

    Next step: replace real players with holograms. 

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    25 minutes ago, Hiriser said:

    A derby crowd of 25k.

    I think the FFA, ESFC media and our own club hierarchy have realised they've alienated enough people by now. Any further pandering to authority and the next derby will be 15k.

    The discussion of the poor crowd (for a derby) will start and stop with the rain. The 6:30 Sunday timeslot might get a mention, but it's necessary to give the returning ACL team time to recover and it will be dismissed. Issues like ticket pricing, policing, officials, state of the league, VAR, anything else, won't even get a mention. 

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    Wanderers pre Gumby era 2017/18 season

    Rounds 1 - 5 (Undefeated) 

    5 - 1w 4d 0l 10 , 9, +1 = 7pts  

    20% win, 80% draw, 0% loss

    Post Gumby era 

    Rounds 6 - 21

    16 - 5w 4d 7l 17, 27, -10 = 19pts

    31.25% win, 25% draw, 43.75% loss

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    Obsession with playing out cost us this game.

    Both carrusca and roly trying to play when they just needed to hoof it.

    **** philosophy- its madness to try to play a short passing game in torrential rain. Sydney pressed us hard in the second half and we didn't  adapt.

    Gombau is a mirage - as soon as we play anyone decent we are horribly exposed.

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    14 hours 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?

     

    i can confirm they got shook the moment some of the rbb started approaching them.

    they were then escorted by a couple of cops & shortly after arrested  

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    7 hours ago, FCB said:

    It matters because of the consequences with media, sponsors, governing body. They care. Oh yes, and then there are the bans, of course...

    I get it, but I suggest most people should learn a new phrase in their limited database of a brain: virtue signalling. They don't care! We think we are progressive but all do is we place value on how things look.

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    55 minutes ago, Taurus said:

    Wanderers pre Gumby era 2017/18 season

    Rounds 1 - 5 (Undefeated) 

    5 - 1w 4d 0l 10 , 9, +1 = 7pts  

    20% win, 80% draw, 0% loss

    Post Gumby era 

    Rounds 6 - 21

    16 - 5w 4d 7l 17, 27, -10 = 19pts

    31.25% win, 25% draw, 43.75% loss

    Dw, Gumby may leave by the end of the season.

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    16 minutes ago, wanderersfanatic said:

    Dw, Gumby may leave by the end of the season.

    I think he'll stay on for another season, and try to buy up all the ex-Adelaiders.

    If that fails miserably, he'll be gone.

    Oh, and Bonevacia is a waste of a foreign spot.

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    1 hour ago, Taurus said:

    Wanderers pre Gumby era 2017/18 season

    Rounds 1 - 5 (Undefeated) 

    5 - 1w 4d 0l 10 , 9, +1 = 7pts  

    20% win, 80% draw, 0% loss

    Post Gumby era 

    Rounds 6 - 21

    16 - 5w 4d 7l 17, 27, -10 = 19pts

    31.25% win, 25% draw, 43.75% loss

    Last season 8/12/7. We certainly knew how to draw, didn't we? 

     

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    2 hours ago, lloydy136 said:

    Obsession with playing out cost us this game.

    Both carrusca and roly trying to play when they just needed to hoof it.

    **** philosophy- its madness to try to play a short passing game in torrential rain. Sydney pressed us hard in the second half and we didn't  adapt.

    Gombau is a mirage - as soon as we play anyone decent we are horribly exposed.

    Criminal we didn't test out Redmayne more in the second half yesterday. Those conditions you just go route one and shoot on sight, and go in ******* hard slide tackle. Not enough shots / long balls, not enough ******* get the **** stuck in. Plenty of wet shirts walking off at the end but not much mud. My old manager when I was 17 would have kick the **** out of you if you came off from a game like that not covered in mud :D 

    As good as ESFC were second half we didn't get stuck in and should have been dragging them down to our level. Game like that should have had at least a red card each....we are just piss weak.

    Edited by WSWBoro

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    6 hours ago, xxBrandonxx said:

    Let’s be honest..

    As soon as Thwaite committed that foul just outside the box we all knew it was going in. 

    Cejudo same spot just outside the box, we all knew it wouldn’t even get over the wall. 

    Lmao. 

    What an absolute flop. 

    I didn’t think it would go into the wall, I was preparing to head it clear from the back of the RBB

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    4 hours ago, Hiriser said:

    A derby crowd of 25k.

    I think the FFA, ESFC media and our own club hierarchy have realised they've alienated enough people by now. Any further pandering to authority and the next derby will be 15k.

    No way that was 25k, it was below 20 for sure 

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    11 minutes ago, scarcev said:

    Well that was one of the worst nights I've ever had in my life dont worry about just football life.  Extorted to the tune of over $100 for a couple of seats in the Away section, drive out there cos I couldnt be assed getting public transport in the **** weather only to be sitting behind people who havent ever driven in the wet before, get to the parking **** fight at Fox and that shithole place extorts another $25 and walk in the pissing down rain to that shithole only to find a **** ton of Blue shirts there waiting for me in my seats as they try to avoid the wet weather (even after I deliberately got mine undercover and in the away bay).  I then get extorted another $40 trying to get a couple of drinks to placate the wife who isn't real happy by this stage, another $40 for some **** nuggets and chips that were left over from the rah rah the night before. After all that I get to watch that shite and then walk back to the car park in the pissing down rain, get stuck in there for 45 minutes while noone moves and get in a blue with the missus cos I decided to scare a couple of smart ass comment ESFC supporters in the car park into ******* off before you hit the ground and then drive back to the west with the heater on and the missus still ice cold.  ******* top night and it only cost me $250.

     

    Now ask me why support for the HAL is dwindling in this country again?

    Besides that Mrs Lincoln, How did you enjoy the play?

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    1 hour ago, wswtragic said:

    I think he'll stay on for another season, and try to buy up all the ex-Adelaiders.

    If that fails miserably, he'll be gone.

    Oh, and Bonevacia is a waste of a foreign spot.

    We are screwed if that’s the case, that Adelaide side wasn’t that good he finished 4th and got smashed in the first semi. The other dude won the comp the next year, and let’s face it the bits of that side we might sign are all well past it now 

    If he fails miserably this year then he will be gone. 5 games to go prove he’s deserves the level of trust people are giving him 

    Needs to win 4 out of the next 5

     

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    17 minutes ago, scarcev said:

    Well that was one of the worst nights I've ever had in my life dont worry about just football life.  Extorted to the tune of over $100 for a couple of seats in the Away section, drive out there cos I couldnt be assed getting public transport in the **** weather only to be sitting behind people who havent ever driven in the wet before, get to the parking **** fight at Fox and that shithole place extorts another $25 and walk in the pissing down rain to that shithole only to find a **** ton of Blue shirts there waiting for me in my seats as they try to avoid the wet weather (even after I deliberately got mine undercover and in the away bay).  I then get extorted another $40 trying to get a couple of drinks to placate the wife who isn't real happy by this stage, another $40 for some **** nuggets and chips that were left over from the rah rah the night before. After all that I get to watch that shite and then walk back to the car park in the pissing down rain, get stuck in there for 45 minutes while noone moves and get in a blue with the missus cos I decided to scare a couple of smart ass comment ESFC supporters in the car park into ******* off before you hit the ground and then drive back to the west with the heater on and the missus still ice cold.  ******* top night and it only cost me $250.

     

    Now ask me why support for the HAL is dwindling in this country again?

    i think the lesson for all that is leave the wife at home.

    The most bother i had last night was walking to the fridge for another Guinness. But sad not to be there and what this has become.

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    13 minutes ago, Ossified said:

    Besides that Mrs Lincoln, How did you enjoy the play?

    The play you say?  Well it's pretty bad when with 5min to go all you are wanting is someone to clatter into Brosque or one of those imported ****s and show a bit of heart Gentile, Souness or Keane style.  Roly is a shadow of what he was at the Nix, Bridge gives me hope that at 48 I can get a gig and Thwaite is biting at Marc Warren's heels as most skill less player in the League. On a wet surface like that and we are putting through balls into space to Bridge with his 'pace' to run onto, so the coaching leaves plenty to be desired as well, they either aren't listening or he is clueless.  Feel sorry for Riera with 15 to go he summed up the night perfectly finally getting the ball to his feet but had to go into midfield to do so, turning two players and playing a beautiful ball wide for a first time cross to noone cos he set up the play, bet he must wish he can play off himself sometimes.

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    18 hours ago, btron3000 said:

    Best fun for ages. Love that smell!

    Yeah, we should have more dangerous stuff happening in the stands. I'm sick of all these pussies complaining about a bit of fun, FFS!

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    16 minutes ago, pudispencer said:

    Yeah, we should have more dangerous stuff happening in the stands. I'm sick of all these pussies complaining about a bit of fun, FFS!

    Exactly.

    Except no-one’s actually been hurt from flares at an a-League game, so...

    Edited by btron3000

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