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    Sotirio Secures 1st WSW Win In 2019


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    A comfortable 2-0 win with goals from Tarek Elrich and Jaushua Sotirio for the Western Sydney Wanderers has condemned the Central Coast Mariners to a nearly inevitable wooden spoon, and seen the Wanderers head back up the A-League ladder after their clash at Homebush tonight.

    Oriol Riera 15 minutes in had a free header inside the penalty area that he nodded down strongly, Mariners keeper Ben Kennedy going down smartly to save on his left. That header became the best chance of the half for either team until the opening goal. There was precious little goal mouth action, neither side showing any major amount of intensity, class on the ball was non-existent, the Mariners couldn't convert their corners and the Wanderers attackers weren't putting in good runs.

    Despite the lack of quality & intensity, the Wanderers broke the deadlock as stoppage time began. Tarek Elrich took a throw in 35 yards from goal on the left sideline, was given the ball back by Kamau then took a touch before launching a speculative cross deep into the 6 yard box, neither Riera or Sotirio could get on the end of the ball, both Mariners central defenders were taken out of the play by the attacking runs, and Ben Kennedy could only watch as the ball bounced off the far post and nestled into the back of the net.

    The teams trotted off for half-time seemingly nonplussed by the scoreline, the home fans mild cheers reverberated softly around the ground. If ever a dismal game deserved a dismal goal, this was it.

    Matthew Millar had a good chance in the 55th minute, a failure to clear the ball by Vedran Janjetovic results in Connor Pain getting the ball in the penalty area, he chipped the ball over the top for Millar, but his jumping strike bounced off the turf and was palmed away by Janjetovic.

    The Wanderers took a death grip on the game after the second drinks break in the 75th minute, the play resumed and Western Sydney were on the attack, Roly Bonevacia striding down the left flank, cutting in toward the middle then piercing the Mariners defensive line with a perfect through ball. Jaushua Sotirio, the clear man of the match for the evening cemented his good game by bursting onto the ball and passing it around the onrushing Kennedy into the side netting for a 2-0 lead.

    That second goal broke the spirt of the Mariners, the game petered to it's conclusion, and the main talking point for the Wanderers will be a groin injury suffered early on by Kwame Yeboah. The Mariners were awful as per usual this season, and the home side will need to lift their quality if they are going to win more games before the season is over. Western Sydney head to Adelaide for their match on Saturday night.

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    It's just become yah we won, then comes next week. Back to reality :wacko:

    Edited by WHACKO

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    Sotirio has passed Kamau in goals per game, as well as actual goals scored while playing less games. If sotirio is showing him up, doesn’t Kamau really have a future with us next year?

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    He is not sitting in his seat, where are the stewards to march him on!

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    1 minute ago, WSWJACK said:

    He is not sitting in his seat, where are the stewards to march him on!

    And not friends with Lederer otherwise he would have been in the corporate section with the owners.

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    40 minutes ago, Upthehill said:

    Sotirio has passed Kamau in goals per game, as well as actual goals scored while playing less games. If sotirio is showing him up, doesn’t Kamau really have a future with us next year?

    I wouldn't even bother worrying about Kamau until we've released most of the players off contract this year.

    Sotirio scores the majority of his goals against the worst teams in the comp (Jets & Mariners), and hasn't scored any A-League goals against SFC or MVC. However I'd be happy to roll him over again, he'll give us a little bit of a cap bonus over a new player on the same salary, and use him as a sub/rotation squad player.

    Particularly as it seems like we're having trouble bringing in wingers in the youth system. The majority of the people coming in from youth have been midfielders (Tokich, Monge, Grozos, Agamemnon) or defenders (Tass, Aspro, Russel, Cordier). Wingers & Forwards like Scott, Majok & Roberts in positions where you need an end results have looked a bit less ready to step up.

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    Baccus and O'Doherty need to dictate play more. Too many times I saw they were not really in the game in terms of our attack which started from and Elrich or Russel pass and only if it found Roly would we continue to go forward. We bypassed those two or many occasions in this game. We need more contribution in general from our two DMs

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    Congrats to Sotirio criticized him for missing 2 1v1s against $ity and first time he has 1v1 here and he buries it. Must have been practising

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    1 minute ago, Sithslayer1991 said:

    Congrats to Sotirio criticized him for missing 2 1v1s against $ity and first time he has 1v1 here and he buries it. Must have been practising

    Plus the mentality improvement.

    Truth session after the jets game if you listen to the Babbel presser.

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    What a depressing season, when people are not talking of giving Sotirio the arse

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    Yea it was a win but it was not really inspiring and against a very poor CCM.  Will definitely take it with the season we have had and hopefully it can lift the boys in a few of the harder fixtures coming up.  Positives, some good performances by the kids, thought Tass and Tate were good enough and the negatives well Vedran the sooner he ****s of the better, noone likes a smart ass especially when people have every right to bag his recent efforts.

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    52 minutes ago, scarcev said:

    Yea it was a win but it was not really inspiring and against a very poor CCM.  Will definitely take it with the season we have had and hopefully it can lift the boys in a few of the harder fixtures coming up.  Positives, some good performances by the kids, thought Tass and Tate were good enough and the negatives well Vedran the sooner he ****s of the better, noone likes a smart ass especially when people have every right to bag his recent efforts.

    I don't have a problem with Vedrans reaction. We know he's a smartass, always has been. He's doing his best, just terribly out of form. 

    If people are gonna be smartasses to him, I'm happy he gave it back. Having said that, I didn't see an issue with his reaction. If it was me I would've delivered a big 'up yours' 

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    honestly i dont mind what vedran did

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    7 hours ago, Taurus said:

    I don't think this Tommy bloke is too keen on him either

     

    Soaking up the "family friendly" atmosphere, by the looks of it.

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    @Wendy,

    Teach, you were wondering why MB publicly had a go at the team after the Jets game. He answered that question in the press conference last night.

    https://www.a-league.com.au/video/full-press-conference-markus-babbel-15

     

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    7 hours ago, Taurus said:

    I don't think this Tommy bloke is too keen on him either

     

    Surveying his scorched earth

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    23 minutes ago, FCB said:

    Soaking up the "family friendly" atmosphere, by the looks of it.

    An atmosphere like the boycott game, it sucked.

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    9 hours ago, Taurus said:

    I don't think this Tommy bloke is too keen on him either

     

    Well it seems Gallop is very happy with atmosphere yesterday, something he always wanted at the Wanderers game

    As for the game itself... I kind of  fell asleep midway through the first half and woke up before the second half to see us 1 up.

    As Sotirio, he pretty much found his level by playing against the Mariners, against the 'better' teams, he gets massively exposed. But I'll give him credit for at least putting one away.

    Riera tried but he's just too slow now, age has caught up with him

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    10 minutes ago, SBW said:

    Well it seems Gallop is very happy with atmosphere yesterday, something he always wanted at the Wanderers game

    It's part of his KPIs - he personally needs to go to one game per season, do a head count of the spectators, and check if the atmosphere is in line with NRL principles. On Monday he'll be asked by the new chairman: "is the game dead yet?", and his response will be "not quite, but pretty close, almost there". 

    I am sure he much more enjoyed yesterday than his appearance at the S1 semi. Unless he was wearing a noise cancelling head set that night, the Parramatta-boos must still ring in his ears.

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    Appropriate headline.....

    King Jaush illuminates gripping AAM10 battle.

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    6 hours ago, matty said:

    I don't have a problem with Vedrans reaction. We know he's a smartass, always has been. He's doing his best, just terribly out of form. 

    If people are gonna be smartasses to him, I'm happy he gave it back. Having said that, I didn't see an issue with his reaction. If it was me I would've delivered a big 'up yours' 

    yea so he jumps over a ball there is simply no need to get near after doing a similar thing 2 games back that cost us 2 points just to be a smartass, imagine if he touched that again and we conceded a corner, just do your ******* job you are paid to do, worrying about the crowd also means he does not have his mind on the job - he is a dumb **** simple as that. 

    Edited by scarcev

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    3 minutes ago, lloydy136 said:

    my problem with vedran is that he is not very good.

    ....so we gave him a 4 year contract.......lol

    I think even a 3 year deal is too long in the HAL..........better to make it two years max with an option to renegotiate any extensions after the first 12 months.

    Edited by sonar

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    10 minutes ago, lloydy136 said:

    my problem with vedran is that he is not very good.

    That's why he is playing A-League :xnod:

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    3 hours ago, FCB said:

    It's part of his KPIs - he personally needs to go to one game per season, do a head count of the spectators, and check if the atmosphere is in line with NRL principles. On Monday he'll be asked by the new chairman: "is the game dead yet?", and his response will be "not quite, but pretty close, almost there". 

    I am sure he much more enjoyed yesterday than his appearance at the S1 semi. Unless he was wearing a noise cancelling head set that night, the Parramatta-boos must still ring in his ears.

    Yep based on yesterday pretty sure he is nearly on target to meet that KPI. Wonder if part of achieving what he set out to achieve he gets $$ bonus. 

    Sad yesterday..a shadow of what we used to be on and off the field

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    3 hours ago, FCB said:

    It's part of his KPIs -

    The David Gallop metrics

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    May have been against a poor CCM.

    But I was expecting better after they beat HeartlE$$ as well as leading the Vuck.

    maybe they missed Melling.

    Edited by Paul01
    Correction

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    2 minutes ago, Paul01 said:

    May have been against a poor CCM.

    But I was expecting better after they beat HeartlE$$  display.as well as leading the Vuck.

    maybe they missed Melling.

    They missed Matt Simon more. A win is a win but we would not scare any of the final aspirants on that display.

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    17 minutes ago, sonar said:

    They missed Matt Simon more. A win is a win but we would not scare any of the final aspirants on that display.

    Still Treejack and Ziggy to play next week.

    Yeboah went off early in the first half.

    Russell kept Pain in his pocket for the majority of the time.

    I hope someone can tell the coaching staff that Elrich is gassed at 60 minutes.

     MB said in the presser that Duke is not fully fit.

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    6 hours ago, FCB said:

    @Wendy,

    Teach, you were wondering why MB publicly had a go at the team after the Jets game. He answered that question in the press conference last night.

    https://www.a-league.com.au/video/full-press-conference-markus-babbel-15 

     

    Thanks mate!

    But nothing I heard him say there makes me want to retract my earlier thoughts or comments.

    He was more or less saying (from how I interpreted his words) that the team was shattered after the last game (as of course, they would have been, even  WITHOUT his demoralising words - stating that they wouldn't care) ...."their heads had dropped" ...and he made it sound like they actually wanted to give up for the rest of the season.

    THAT'S exactly what I would have thought their reaction would have been.

    And THEN, he said, they TALKED....numerous times THEY SAT DOWN AND TALKED...and he helped the players to understand why he did what he did.

    It sounds to me that by talking to them, they built bridges....after a gulf has developed between him and the players....which is hardly surprising.

    And that's plainly what he needs to do more.

    Not sure that many here would have seen last night's performance as that praiseworthy really.....but he complimented and praised his team...said he was proud of them, for their "discipline and structure" etc etc.

    And THAT'S what the manager needs to do  - to show belief in his players (and not only after a win)...rather than DISbelief at how bad they are - which is what he did the previous week.

    Anyway...I doubt I'm on the same page as most of you here on this issue, but if he is learning about how to get the best from his (A League level) players....that's a step in the right direction for us all really.

    :):)

     

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