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    Riera Roars Against Brisbane


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    The Western Sydney Wanderers have kept their A-League finals hopes alive with a 3-0 thumping of a listless Brisbane Roar tonight at the Olympic Stadium, Homebush.

    With Brisbane knowing a win would see them all but secure the 6th place in the finals their supporters would have been shocked at how poor their effort was. In just minutes the Wanderers had the opening goal. After some early pressure, Marcelo Carrusca won a foul deep in the corner, he took the resulting free kick and fired into the top of the penalty box. Oriol Riera met the cross with a thumping header that burst the back of the net. Alvaro Cejudo should have doubled the scoring a few minutes later when he was found by a Josh Risdon cut-back, but the marquee winger couldn't get past the keeper.

    15 minutes in and Riera had his second and the Wanderers a big advantage. Chris Ikonomidis turned back onto his left foot, delivered a sumptuous cross that Riera met powerfully, Jamie Young pulled off a miracle save to keep the ball out of the net but all he managed was to drop the ball on the line for Riera tracking in on his shot to poke it over the goal line.

    The 39th minute saw the Wanderers take a commanding lead with Ikonomidis going from provider to scorer. Riera was unlucky to not secure a hat-trick with Risdon firing across the face of goal with only perhaps a slight touch by a defender taking it off Riera's toes and preventing a tap in. Llorente ran down the ball, he bent in a cross with the outside of his foot that Ikonomidis attacked to knock it home.

    With changed in the second half Brisbane were slightly better than in the first half but were completely outplayed by the Wanderers, as they peppered Young's goal again. It looked like the Roar had finally put a goal on the board in the 81st minute with a tap-in at the back post for Massimo Maccarone that was eventually overturned by VAR as Brett Holman was in an offside position then clearly interfered with the play.

    The 6th place position is far from settled but the Wanderers will know what needs to be done next Sunday. Unlike most football competitions, the A-League does not have simultaneous kickoffs, with Perth and Brisbane both a point behind the Wanderers the result of their match on Saturday night will be vital, and should either side take all 3 points it will mean the Wanderers must defeat Adelaide.

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    Saturday's team was probably the best balanced line-up we could put on the park with the players available. With the Baccus boys chasing everything down in midfield it allowed the more flamboyant players to strut their stuff. I used to be a big Roly fan but he's been a major disappointment this season. We're still extremely suspect at the back though which for me suggests that we won't be surprising anybody in the semis should we get there.

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    Well it seems that the RBB should stay away more often.

    Don't forget to watch Popa tonight on the A-League Hour on Fox. His return is not far away.

     

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    20 minutes ago, pudispencer said:

    Well it seems that the RBB should stay away more often.

    Don't forget to watch Popa tonight on the A-League Hour on Fox. His return is not far away.

     

    Despite the absence of the RBB we still pulled a bigger crowd than the Manchester United of Asia at the weekend !!

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    52 minutes ago, MartinTyler said:

    Despite the absence of the RBB we still pulled a bigger crowd than the Manchester United of Asia at the weekend !!

    Haha... Wests had 9,226 on a Saturday night whereas Smurfs had 9,110 on a Sunday night. Sunday night attendance is always lower.

    But if crowd numbers are the measure of a team, then there is this:

    Club Total Average Highest Attendance Lowest Attendance
    Total: 1,390,847 10,699 36,433 - WSW vs SYD 4,594 - WEL vs BRI
    Melbourne Victory 246,832 17,631 35,792 - Rnd 2 vs MCY 8,370 - Rnd 14 vs CCM
    Sydney FC 189,984 14,614 36,057 - Rnd 3 vs WSW 9,110 - Rnd 26 vs ADL
    Newcastle Jets 152,418 10,887 18,156 - Rnd 22 vs SYD 6,258 - Rnd 5 vs WEL
    Western Sydney Wanderers 142,895 11,908 36,433 - Rnd 10 vs SYD 6,612 - Rnd 23 vs PER
    Melbourne City 138,158 9,868 22,515 - Rnd 12 vs MVC 5,207 - Rnd 14 vs WEL
    Adelaide United 127,790 9,830 19,416 - Rnd 3 vs MVC 7,021 - Rnd 9 vs SYD
    Brisbane Roar 127,299 9,093 12,019 - Rnd 25 vs CCM 5,192 - Rnd 10 vs WEL
    Perth Glory 109,840 9,153 13,565 - Rnd 7 vs MVC 7,277 - Rnd 22 vs CCM
    Central Coast Mariners 85,921 7,160 12,044 - Rnd 1 vs NEW 4,973 - Rnd 21 vs WEL
    Wellington Phoenix 69,710 5,809 8,154 - Rnd 1 vs ADL 4,594 - Rnd 24 vs BRI

    Or maybe we should compare WSWvADL and SYDvMVC for round 27?

    Or maybe we should just compare points, e.g.

    Club GP W D L GF GA GD Pts HW HD HL HGD HP AW AD AL AGD AP
    SYD 26 19 4 3 63 22 +41 61 9 3 1 +22 30 10 1 2 +19 31
    NEW 26 14 5 7 49 35 +14 47 8 2 4 +10 26 6 3 3 +4 21
    MCY 26 13 4 9 40 31 +9 43 7 2 5 +5 23 6 2 4 +4 20
    MVC 26 12 5 9 43 36 +7 41 6 3 5 +5 21 6 2 4 +2 20
    ADL 26 10 6 10 33 36 -3 36 5 4 4 +4 19 5 2 6 -7 17
    WSW 26 8 9 9 36 44 -8 33 5 4 3 +2 19 3 5 6 -10 14
    BRI 26 9 5 12 30 38 -8 32 4 2 8 -6 14 5 3 4 -2 18
    PER 26 10 2 14 35 47 -12 32 7 0 5 0 21 3 2 9 -12 11
    CCM 26 4 8 14 26 41 -15 20 3 3 6 -6 12 1 5 8 -9 8
    WEL 26 4 6 16 29 54 -25 18 3 4 5 -4 13 1 2 11 -21 5

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    The thing that annoys me about our clubs failure to get its act together at SOP, that if it had (ie we won stuff) we wouldn’t be having these tediuous crowd number, mines bigger than yours debates 

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    4 hours ago, pudispencer said:

    Haha... Wests had 9,226 on a Saturday night whereas Smurfs had 9,110 on a Sunday night. Sunday night attendance is always lower.

    But if crowd numbers are the measure of a team, then there is this:

    Club Total Average Highest Attendance Lowest Attendance
    Total: 1,390,847 10,699 36,433 - WSW vs SYD 4,594 - WEL vs BRI
    Melbourne Victory 246,832 17,631 35,792 - Rnd 2 vs MCY 8,370 - Rnd 14 vs CCM
    Sydney FC 189,984 14,614 36,057 - Rnd 3 vs WSW 9,110 - Rnd 26 vs ADL
    Newcastle Jets 152,418 10,887 18,156 - Rnd 22 vs SYD 6,258 - Rnd 5 vs WEL
    Western Sydney Wanderers 142,895 11,908 36,433 - Rnd 10 vs SYD 6,612 - Rnd 23 vs PER
    Melbourne City 138,158 9,868 22,515 - Rnd 12 vs MVC 5,207 - Rnd 14 vs WEL
    Adelaide United 127,790 9,830 19,416 - Rnd 3 vs MVC 7,021 - Rnd 9 vs SYD
    Brisbane Roar 127,299 9,093 12,019 - Rnd 25 vs CCM 5,192 - Rnd 10 vs WEL
    Perth Glory 109,840 9,153 13,565 - Rnd 7 vs MVC 7,277 - Rnd 22 vs CCM
    Central Coast Mariners 85,921 7,160 12,044 - Rnd 1 vs NEW 4,973 - Rnd 21 vs WEL
    Wellington Phoenix 69,710 5,809 8,154 - Rnd 1 vs ADL 4,594 - Rnd 24 vs BRI

    Or maybe we should compare WSWvADL and SYDvMVC for round 27?

    Or maybe we should just compare points, e.g.

    Club GP W D L GF GA GD Pts HW HD HL HGD HP AW AD AL AGD AP
    SYD 26 19 4 3 63 22 +41 61 9 3 1 +22 30 10 1 2 +19 31
    NEW 26 14 5 7 49 35 +14 47 8 2 4 +10 26 6 3 3 +4 21
    MCY 26 13 4 9 40 31 +9 43 7 2 5 +5 23 6 2 4 +4 20
    MVC 26 12 5 9 43 36 +7 41 6 3 5 +5 21 6 2 4 +2 20
    ADL 26 10 6 10 33 36 -3 36 5 4 4 +4 19 5 2 6 -7 17
    WSW 26 8 9 9 36 44 -8 33 5 4 3 +2 19 3 5 6 -10 14
    BRI 26 9 5 12 30 38 -8 32 4 2 8 -6 14 5 3 4 -2 18
    PER 26 10 2 14 35 47 -12 32 7 0 5 0 21 3 2 9 -12 11
    CCM 26 4 8 14 26 41 -15 20 3 3 6 -6 12 1 5 8 -9 8
    WEL 26 4 6 16 29 54 -25 18 3 4 5 -4 13 1 2 11 -21 5

    Ever heard of DBE?

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    15 hours ago, Alexander said:

    Highlight of the match was Slater ranting and raving about Riera dropping deep in the 1st half....only for Bozza to spend his half time analysis waxing lyrical about Riera dropping deep to bring others into play.

    Outstanding 

    Thats because Slater has nfi. He was acting like Riera hasn't been doing this for 6 months...

    FFS we've discussed this on ATB every other week and I've mentioned it in Best & Worst every week. 

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    21 hours ago, pudispencer said:

    Well it seems that the RBB should stay away more often.

    Don't forget to watch Popa tonight on the A-League Hour on Fox. His return is not far away.

     

    Missed it.. What did popa say? 

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    6 hours ago, Paul01 said:

    The former Western Sydney manager was also quizzed on the Red and Black Bloc and the issues plaguing active support in the A-League.

    “It’s disappointing, in a nutshell, regardless everyone has their view on who’s to blame and if you speak to different people everyone believes someone else is to blame apart from themselves. But I think that as a whole they need to be not just a part of the club but part of the league, they bring something special. They feel they can’t contribute in the way they used to, I certainly appreciated their support while I was coach there and they helped us get over the line many a time.

    “I hope they can resolve everything and we can get that active support back, not just for the Wanderers but for the whole league moving forward.”

     

    He also said he is not interested in the Smurf's job

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    24 minutes ago, Edinburgh said:

    hPost of the decade!

    Did you see your present....on the Music Thread?   :lol:  :lol:

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