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    Muller Knocked Out During Wanderers Win


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    The Wanderers came into their match with Wellington Phoenix practically requiring a win to keep their hopes of finals football alive as the restarted A-League comes to the clutch period before the play-offs, and Kwame Yeboah earned all 3 points with a second half goal.

    The only change to the lineup for the home side was putting Irish striker Simon Cox in the place of Mo Adam. Second placed Wellington were in hot form and looking to secure their 2nd place against Melbourne City. The game opened with a nasty challenge from Loius Fenton on the new man Cox, he missed a clearance and followed through collecting Cox in the shin. No card, and no foul as is typical for A-League refs. Wellington came within inches of opening the scoring in just the 3rd minute as David Ball curled a strike from outside the area onto the far post, it bounced on the goal line then into the other post without being clearly wholly over the goal-line and the linesman & referee decided to play on.

    Tate Russel bought the crowd to life with an attempted lob from half-way. The match stopped cold in the 20th minute when Loius Fenton continued his assaults on the Wanderers by taking out Nicolai Muller in a mid-pitch attack, as Muller nodded the ball forward to continue an attack, Fenton came in wild and late and collected the Wanderers attacker with a head-on collision that should have been immediately punished with a red card. Instead the referee waved play-on, and then handed a yellow to Fenton who should have already been sent off. Medical staff ran onto the pitch and tended to the knocked-out & concussed Wanderer as he laid on the turf for nearly 10 minutes before being taken off the field on a stretcher. Kwame Yeboah took to the field to take his place.

    Kurt Ams continued his poor officiating performance as he found a non-existent foul on the edge of the area, thankfully the shot from Callum McCowatt was weak and landed safely in the arms of Tristan Prendergast. Baccus then failed to get the benefit of the doubt as Ams waved play-on after the midfielder was clipped in the ankles in a similar positon on the other side of the field.

    In the first of the 6 minutes injury time the Wanderers attack nearly found the opener. Duke broke down the left flank and outpaced the Wellington defence, passed through to Cox and made a run back into the box. Duke found the return cut-back and fired on goal, it bobbled on the turf and couldn't beat the keeper. Not long after he launched a long range drive on goal that flew into the limited crow and was the last major attack of the goal-less but action packed first half. 

    Pirmin Schwegler made his way onto the pitch as a substitute for Jordan O'Doherty. The opening stages of the half had little in the way of strong attacks, but a lot of ructions on and off the field. Cam Devlin won himself a well earned yellow after delaying a restart after a Wellington foul and he was followed into the book by Ufuk Talay the Wellington coach.

    Western Sydney finally had a deserved one man advantage in the 66th minute. Schwegler played a neat through ball for the run of Yeboah and he torched Luke Devere for pace and his only response was to take out the Wanderer before he made his way into the penalty area. Devere earned his 2nd yellow card in the space of 10 minutes and was off down the tunnel. Schwegler took the free kick but blasted it into the wall.

    Kwame Yeboah finally made the pressure pay for the Wanderers in the 73rd minute. Tate Russell, who was one of the best for the Wanderers on the night launched a cross that took enough of a deflection off the attempted block to loop the ball in a fashion that gave the unmarked Yeboah a free header on the 6 yard box and he flashed a glancing header well down to the bottom corner of the far post to give his team a 1-0 lead with 15 minutes to play. Simon Cox should have doubled the lead not long after when Duke fired a ball along the face of goal but with the goal open wide Cox got his feet tangled up and let it fly away for a thrown in. Reno Piscopo has a pair of free kick chances for the Nix and he couldn't get either of them to threaten Prendergast in goal.

    Wellington kept their hopes alive with wave after wave of attack, with time running out they threw everyone including the keeper forward, earning multiple corners in a row, with one that David Ball flashed to the near post only to see it turned away by Mo Adam standing on the far post. The Wanderers finally cleared their lines and Kurt Ams blew full time on the tough 1-0 win.

    It leaves the Western Sydney Wanderers 4 points away from the top 6, with Adelaide and Perth on 34 points with Western United and the Wanderers chasing them on 30. It was a hard fought win, with Wellington still looking good in attack even with a man down, the Wanderers have clear opportunities for improvement leading to a hopeful finals run. Muller with a severe concussion and possible head fracture might be out for a long time though, and the rest of the team will need to step up.

    The next match for the Wanderers is against Perth Glory on Tuesday August 4th, kick off at 7:30PM.

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    1 hour ago, StringerBellend said:

    “Tantric sex is focused on very slow intercourse with an emphasis on synchronized breathing, touching, eye contact, and intimacy with your partner. Unlike regular sex, orgasm is not the goal, but rather prolonging it and feeling deep connection.”

    apparently the musician, actor and total bellend Sting is a proponent 
     

    Describes our football 

    very slow emphasis on passing for no apparent reason unlike regular football scoring a goal is not the goal, but rather prolonging it and a feeling of deep frustration by the crowd 

    what I’m saying is that watching our backline move the ball slowly without any end goal or purpose is basically like Sting banging away for hours 

    :rofl::rofl:

    Dude, at one point in the first half we moved it across the backline and back again and NOT ONE player in front of them moved in any way other than side to side to follow the ball. No-one coming short, no-one making any runs, moving diagonally or moving in any way that might pull the defenders out of position.

    I don't get it. They're professional footballers. There are 12 year old kids with better movement off the ball.

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    7 minutes ago, btron3000 said:

    When the ground announcer was expecting everyone to roar back the names of the players when he was introducing them, as if it was a full house, I thought "oh man this is going to be horrible".

    But it got better from there. As our old mate luisenrique said, on his first trip to the new stadium, "100% more enjoyable than any game at Spotless".

    We beat the team coming 2nd/3rd. Not bad.

    Was good to see you guys, and that he manged to get home with out the 'vid

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    5 minutes ago, StringerBellend said:

    Was good to see you guys, and that he manged to get home with out the 'vid

    Likewise.  He has some tales to tell that's for sure. We're thinking we'll be at the "away" game at Kogorah - are we allowed to go? - or the Victory game.

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    13 minutes ago, btron3000 said:

    Likewise.  He has some tales to tell that's for sure. We're thinking we'll be at the "away" game at Kogorah - are we allowed to go? - or the Victory game.

    I was thinking the same. Was planning to go to the Kogarah game if we are allowed.

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    21 hours ago, Burgerman said:

    Tough fought scrappy win with poor reffing and no var makes it harder to watch, happy they put in but yeah they could have smashed us by half time if they were switched on. Still concerning is the midfield dm's and trying to go forward always resorting to expect Russell to do to much despite his man of the match performance,swegs made a difference but nows with Muller out time to give Sullivan a crack think he would make a difference. Muller looks like a fractured jaw/cheekbone from the late challenge head clash and was a poor attempt probably with the var would be sent off. 

     

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    BTW still happy we won, but we look short of a top 6 finish. This team under the system played just isn't going to be enough. The Nix could have easily been 3-0 up until the Muller incident, after that they went defensive

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    1 hour ago, btron3000 said:

    Likewise.  He has some tales to tell that's for sure. We're thinking we'll be at the "away" game at Kogorah - are we allowed to go? - or the Victory game.

    I hope we are but I suspect we aren’t, I don’t think Smurf’s got to to go to anz this arvo 

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    22 minutes ago, mintoff said:

     

    I will use sullivan and Schwegler for the next game instead Baccus and O'Doherty.

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    11 minutes ago, mintoff said:

    I will use sullivan and Schwegler for the next game instead Baccus and O'Doherty.

    Yep. Schwegler has to start imho. I think the main reason he hasn't started is his late arrival after quarrantine. One of our better visa players tbh. I would add Muller to that as well.He will be missed. 

    Edited by sonar

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    14 hours ago, btron3000 said:

    :rofl::rofl:

    Dude, at one point in the first half we moved it across the backline and back again and NOT ONE player in front of them moved in any way other than side to side to follow the ball. No-one coming short, no-one making any runs, moving diagonally or moving in any way that might pull the defenders out of position.

    I don't get it. They're professional footballers. There are 12 year old kids with better movement off the ball.

    OMG I think remember the exact time this was happening, I was telling Gunner Jnr your u15's game have more more movement than these guys.

    Everyone has stationary I actually was going to tell him it was like my 035 games but I thought that might be bit rich. :cheeky: 

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    Watching from the ground, I reckon that some of the reason for the passing along the back in the first half was O'Doherty and Baccus not providing a link back or the wing-backs not moving enough.  DG was flatfooted a fair part of the night - always receiving the ball standing still and then taking an age to decide what to do. When he did run, he looked far more dangerous and provided something up front. 

    Tate played reasonably well but seemed but seemed to be a little freaked by Nix Defender (McCowatt??) and kept turning backwards.  So many times he got the ball too a couple of steps forward and then turned backwards.

    Schwegler provided more outlet in the second half and Baccus stepped up a bit more - he plays much better with Schwegler.

    Overall, I thought they defended pretty well and kept a pretty good Nix outfit quiet.  I felt that Nix lack of firing up front was as much to do with our defending and the organisation as them being a little off.  The opening 10 minutes showed they were ready to play and we took time to get up to the tempo but after that it was a pretty good effort by the boys. 

    Cox and Duke still look a little rusty but you can see there is an understanding developing between them - will take a little time, which we don't have.  Cox didn't have a lot of the ball in front of goal but worked hard off it and took defenders with him.  He played other into the game a fair bit. It would have been really good to see how they went if Muller had been able to play on.  There was stuff happening but the flicks and passes just a bit off - better than against CCM but still a way to go.

    I would like to see this squad with JP and a full pre-season.  Kwame sounds like he has been through some hard stuff personally and is coming through it - could explain a lot and if JP and Labi can get hi through it, he could find the form of Leeds??!  Having said all that, a mate's words keep echoing in my mind: 'It's the hope that kills you!'

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    'It's the hope that kills you!'

    Prophetic words indeed for all football fans there, you gotta hope and believe or what's the point.:good:

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    16 minutes ago, WSWJACK said:

    'It's the hope that kills you!'

    Prophetic words indeed for all football fans there, you gotta hope and believe or what's the point.:good:

    Hope, belief, disappointment, repeat.

    That’s what it is to be a football fan in Australia.

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    25 minutes ago, VedranRozic said:

    Hope, belief, disappointment, repeat.

    That’s what it is to be a football fan in Australia.

    That's not unique to Aus.

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