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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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    What did Vedran do that everyone was talking about? Couldn’t make the game last night 

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    19 minutes ago, hughsey said:

    What did Vedran do that everyone was talking about? Couldn’t make the game last night 

    Played proper.

    When in doubt put the out. 

    Didn't do anything stupid

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    34 minutes ago, hughsey said:

    What did Vedran do that everyone was talking about? Couldn’t make the game last night 

    the ball was running out of play while bobbling a bit, so Vedran being Vedran, he decided to do step overs before it went out for a goal kick

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    15 minutes ago, Paul01 said:

    Played proper.

    When in doubt put the out. 

    Didn't do anything stupid

    Didn't you see him doing the step over before the ball ran out for goal kick?

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    3 minutes ago, THEWANDERERSPOST said:

    Didn't you see him doing the step over before the ball ran out for goal kick?

    Not from my seat.

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    4 minutes ago, Paul01 said:

    Not from my seat.

    wouldnt be surprised considering it was spotless stadium

    Edited by THEWANDERERSPOST

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    5 minutes ago, THEWANDERERSPOST said:

    wouldnt be surprised considering it was spotless stadium

    One more game at Spotless/Soulless 

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    i dont like babbel's positivity after the match tbh reminds me of when gombau and popa would try to sandpaper over the ball so to speak

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    8 minutes ago, Neverbloom said:

    i dont like babbel's positivity after the match tbh reminds me of when gombau and popa would try to sandpaper over the ball so to speak

    Sighhhhhhhh!     :P

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    7 minutes ago, wendybr said:

    Sighhhhhhhh!     :P

    lol just reminds me of when popa and gombau would try to pretend everything is alright in post match interviews when everyone else knew we were terrible

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    Just now, Neverbloom said:

    lol just reminds me of when popa and gombau would try to pretend everything is alright in post match interviews when everyone else knew we were terrible

    Maybe they were doing that...or maybe they weren't just throwing their boys under a bus (and copping criticism for doing so).

    It will be interesting to see whether Babbel takes the more supportive approach when the team doesn't win in the future...or whether he goes down the same path as after the Jets game (and to a lesser extent after numerous other games) and slaps his players down publicly.

    I'm hoping for the former.

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    40 minutes ago, wendybr said:

    Maybe they were doing that...or maybe they weren't just throwing their boys under a bus (and copping criticism for doing so).

    It will be interesting to see whether Babbel takes the more supportive approach when the team doesn't win in the future...or whether he goes down the same path as after the Jets game (and to a lesser extent after numerous other games) and slaps his players down publicly.

    I'm hoping for the former.

    I think we are overstating the effects of his press conferences. Hammil has had 3 different managers 4 if you include fox and he still makes exactly the same stupid mistakes he always has. Llorente still stands of his man, Vedran has always had brain explosions etc

     

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    1 hour ago, Paul01 said:

    Not from my seat.

    He also then gave a sarcastic clap to the crowd when he was applauded for letting a ball go. He’s really not helping himself. 

    All he needs to do is shut up, and play footy the crowd will come back round soon enough

    as for the view that somehow the crowd abuse is worse due to Babbel. 

    We have always had players that our crowd has got on the back off. Even when redmayne has a decent game every goal was his fault and the nobhead who used to sit behind us would constantly guve the King **** even be scored. Yep it’s worse at the moment but that’s simply because we are losing, weirdly people are happier when we win

    thinking about it the good thing about our crowd falling away is that the nobheads near of us who spoke loudly in the mistaken belief that they were some sort of clever Sam, Ed and Santo football comedians, rather than a pair of tedious bellends haven’t been seen or heard this year 

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    2 hours ago, Paul01 said:

    One more game at Spotless/Soulless 

    Rather play at Spotless than ANZ. We have lost only two games there.

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    25 minutes ago, dcrow said:

    Rather play at Spotless than ANZ. We have lost only two games there.

    My son prefers Spotless hot dogs to ANZ hot dogs apparently, myself could not give a .......

    just looking froward to a couple of brews in Parra then walk to Bankwest next season, roll on!

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    1 hour ago, StringerBellend said:

    He also then gave a sarcastic clap to the crowd when he was applauded for letting a ball go. He’s really not helping himself. 

    All he needs to do is shut up, and play footy the crowd will come back round soon enough

    as for the view that somehow the crowd abuse is worse due to Babbel. 

    We have always had players that our crowd has got on the back off. Even when redmayne has a decent game every goal was his fault and the nobhead who used to sit behind us would constantly guve the King **** even be scored. Yep it’s worse at the moment but that’s simply because we are losing, weirdly people are happier when we win

    thinking about it the good thing about our crowd falling away is that the nobheads near of us who spoke loudly in the mistaken belief that they were some sort of clever Sam, Ed and Santo football comedians, rather than a pair of tedious bellends haven’t been seen or heard this year 

    Sarcastic cheers should be reserved for opposition players, it's demoralising. Anyone that does it to our own is a bit dumb. 

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    It’s almost tragic how rubbish the view is from spotless because the choice and quality of the food outlets and bars are unbelievable. 

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    Vedran has always been a bit of a tool let’s be honest. He’s been saved by the fact that he hasn’t played too badly up to this point

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    Just now, hughsey said:

    It’s almost tragic how rubbish the view is from spotless because the choice and quality of the food outlets and bars are unbelievable. 

    Haven’t ventured round to the members bar area do they serve anything different to the terrible beer in the other bars

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    Whether Babbel highlights the positive or states the obvious doesn't change what is an iota. Inept players don't come good because a coach loves them back to life with kind words. I honestly hope we get the wooden spoon so we can have first draft pick next season. 

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    32 minutes ago, hughsey said:

    It’s almost tragic how rubbish the view is from spotless because the choice and quality of the food outlets and bars are unbelievable. 

    I don't get why Spotless is immune from the "GEMA GROUP OWNS EVERYTHING" that seems to infest every other stadium in the country. Every other stadium I've been to has the same old hat, generic garbage at every single concession stand just like the old Parramatta. The only place that seems close to what Spotless had, is that the SFS main stand has a few different fast food shops in it.

    It's not going to be any different at the new stadium I imagine. 

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    5 hours ago, wendybr said:

    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.

    :):)

     

    They deserved it. The performance they put in against the Jets was disgusting. Babbel could've had them park the bus and we would've lost by just as many. This isn't preschool, they are grown men who should be able to be judged as such.

     For the most part I don't think that the terrible performances are due to a lack of confidence but more due to lack of care amongst the older players. The younger players have generally stood up and shown great confidence given the challenge that's confronted them. 

    Oh and good on Roly. He's been a shining light in an otherwise dire season. 

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    6 minutes ago, StillWandering said:

    They deserved it. The performance they put in against the Jets was disgusting. Babbel could've had them park the bus and we would've lost by just as many. This isn't preschool, they are grown men who should be able to be judged as such.

     For the most part I don't think that the terrible performances are due to a lack of confidence but more due to lack of care amongst the older players. The younger players have generally stood up and shown great confidence given the challenge that's confronted them. 

    Oh and good on Roly. He's been a shining light in an otherwise dire season. 

    Yes they deserved it.....loud and clear...in the dressing room. ;)

    What's clear to me in this debate...with voices like yours, BoyfromTheWest, DU, (my friend) Wanderboy, and others, is that there is a very fundamental difference in how we see leadership, and how leaders motivate those they guide.

    I don't think either side is going to change their views....and that's OK.

    :):)

     

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    7 minutes ago, wendybr said:

    Yes they deserved it.....loud and clear...in the dressing room. ;)

    What's clear to me in this debate...with voices like yours, BoyfromTheWest, DU, (my friend) Wanderboy, and others, is that there is a very fundamental difference in how we see leadership, and how leaders motivate those they guide.

    I don't think either side is going to change their views....and that's OK.

    :):)

     

    I think the problem is they've been hearing it in the dressing room but not responded. 

    On the difference of opinion I totally agree. Im just happy to be able to discuss these issues with people who care as much as I do about our team. 

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    17 minutes ago, StillWandering said:

    On the difference of opinion I totally agree. Im just happy to be able to discuss these issues with people who care as much as I do about our team. 

    :good:

    Yes we are very  fortunate to have these forums, and an interesting, articulate and insightful community to interact with! :)

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    53 minutes ago, mack said:

    I don't get why Spotless is immune from the "GEMA GROUP OWNS EVERYTHING" that seems to infest every other stadium in the country. Every other stadium I've been to has the same old hat, generic garbage at every single concession stand just like the old Parramatta. The only place that seems close to what Spotless had, is that the SFS main stand has a few different fast food shops in it.

    It's not going to be any different at the new stadium I imagine. 

    You would think that allowing various franchises to open within a stadium would provide a decent revenue stream from the licensing fees alone

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    1 hour ago, StringerBellend said:

    Haven’t ventured round to the members bar area do they serve anything different to the terrible beer in the other bars

    Don't know about the beer, but the cider is the same.

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    19 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' 

    I agree, I really don't think he did much wrong. I also thought he was in control and commanded the defence quite well.

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    On holiday so watched the game on TV

    There was a beautiful camera shot after Sotirio scored the second: Babbel was smiling - a genuine, happy smile. It zoomed out and then you could see him genuinely happy for the team while Sotirio and the others were celebrating in the foreground.

    Babbel may slag them in public when they lose but I do believe him when he says he likes the team.

    Hopefully this is the catalyst for the rest of our season

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    It was good to Sotirio score and have a good game. The Five Dock Neymar always gives 100%. I’m putting in my application for the fan club.

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