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    Valiant Wanderers Fall Late Against Victory


    mack

    Despite a vastly improved performance on a rain soaked evening, the Western Sydney Wanderers fell to a late winner to Ola Toivonen.

    Late afternoon rain, thunder and lightning threatened another postponed encounter, but the dark clouds cleared quickly enough to allow play to begin on schedule. Having been widely criticised for their lack of application against Melbourne City, the Wanderers looked much better against the other half of Melbourne in the first half. Markus Babbel handed an A-League debut to fullback Tate Russell and he performed superbly on both sides of the ball.

    The Wanderers had most of the chances, in the 2nd minute Bruce Kamau had the ball fall to his feet after a scramble inside the penalty area, he lashed a right footed drive at goal but Victory keeper Laurence Thomas stuck out a hand and blocked the shot. Oriol Riera found an Alexander Baumjohann cross with his head, the out of form striker nodding it wide.

    As has been the curse of the Wanderers in the past few years, they failed to turn their domination into a goal, and copped one against the run of play. Mere minutes before half-time, James Troisi slipped the ball into the penalty area past Brendan Hamill, Toivonen bisected the cover defence of Ziegler and Elrich to slide the ball past Janjetovic, who once again showed his predilection for diving early and the wrong way against close range shots.

    In the 70th minute, Alexander Baumjohann had a reward for an excellent game when he single-handedly won, and despatched, a penalty. He was manhandled in the box and taken to ground by fullback Storm Roux, and after a number of spot kick misses from Riera, Baumjohann took the ball and rocketed it home even with  Thomas diving the right way.

    Terry Antonis tried to get Victory level with a blatant dive in the penalty area, it went unpunished by the officials and if there is any justice, he'll receive a ban from the A-League Match Review Panel.

    With typical luck of a side fighting at the lower end of the table, the Wanderers copped an unlucky 2nd. James Troisi took advantage of some slow cover defence from Roly Bonevacia to get in behind the defence, he fired across the face of goal, Patrick Ziegler's desperate lunge couldn't clear the ball, and Toivonen was johnny on the spot as it rebounded into his stomach and from there into the back of the net.

    Substitue Nick Fitzgerald smashed the post late on, as well as a chance after Thomas missed the ball after running out of his goal, Fitzgerlad shot from a long way out only to have it blocked by a Victory defender on the line.

    The 2-1 loss would almost be considered cruel if it weren't for the amount of chances the Wanderers let slip, but they are a team in poor form and that is how football punishes teams who can't put goals away. The positives despite the loss were the introduction of Russell, who appears to be the vanguard for a new batch of Wanderers youth prospects to make their A-League debuts, and the much improved performance of the side against a better team coming off an 8 day break.

    Western Sydney face Wellington Phoenix next Tuesday at 7:50 PM at the Sydney Olympic Stadium.

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    1 minute ago, Edinburgh said:

     Really!? Doesn't this happen every match?

    No, in the context of yellow cards, it means like if you flick it up in the air yourself then head it to keeper, or you get the ball at your feet, then chip it to a team-mate who then heads it back to the keeper.

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    9 minutes ago, mack said:

    No, in the context of yellow cards, it means like if you flick it up in the air yourself then head it to keeper, or you get the ball at your feet, then chip it to a team-mate who then heads it back to the keeper.

    Ludicrous.

    I recall when the rule first came in, one of the players at my club got a card for that (red?). He had a poor disciplinary record and we had impressed on him the need to change his ways.  We didn't understand why he was carded and appealed on his behalf on the basis of using skill and entertaining,  and we succeeded. After that he sorted himself out and never got in trouble again.

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    Just now, Edinburgh said:

    Ludicrous.

    I recall when the rule first came in, one of the players at my club got a card for that (red?). He had a poor disciplinary record and we had impressed on him the need to change his ways.  We didn't understand why he was carded and appealed on his behalf on the basis of using skill and entertaining,  and we succeeded. After that he sorted himself out and never got in trouble again.

    The rule you are talking about was more about a player who gets on hands and knees and heads it back to the keeper. This was the example shown from a game played in France at a grassroots refs meeting I attended.  

    The bigger point is that Roux was was guilty of unsportsmanlike conduct and should have got a second yellow.

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    9 hours ago, hughsey said:

    I swear they do that just to piss people off. Last season they had the canteen behind the rbb closed so they were checking people through the little gate set up to divide the different areas of the stadium, to get to the main one. As I walked through the gate I told the bloke I’d be coming back with drinks and food and asked if he could remember me, to which he said sure thing. 10 mins later I walk back and he plays dumb and asks to see my card. Wouldn’t hold anything for me either, just watched as I struggled to put everything down on the ground and get my pass out and then he didn’t even look at it properly. 

    That is one thing I dont get, so they have a ton of tables outside while they check your bags, so why not after everyone is in put one of those tables near the entrances to each concourse so you can put your expensive **** tasting food and drink down to get your pass out if they have to see it, it isnt rocket science is it, it would take 1 minute if they did one each. 

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    10 hours ago, lloydy136 said:

    Was a much better performance.

    Mistakes were still made but effort to win the ball straight back was much much better.

    We created enough chances to win 3 games and frustratingly only managed to score the pen. Riera just HAS to put that header away.

    Thought ABJ ran the game- created 3-4 clear excellent chances and buried the pen. I know others disagree but i think he is the player we should be building around for next year.

    Great to see Tate Russell do so well. As i posted on match thread - as a young fella on the hill at win stadium i watched his old man play for the steelers. He was a great player and a great guy (met him a couple of times back then). Great to see those pics of dad congratulating  Tate's after the game. Sell risdon and play him every game for the rest of the year!

    Who in their right mind is anti-Baumjohann? Our most consistent player this season & one that is certainly worth retaining as you say Lloydy as a base to build on next season.

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    45 minutes ago, ManfredSchaefer said:

    Who in their right mind is anti-Baumjohann? Our most consistent player this season & one that is certainly worth retaining as you say Lloydy as a base to build on next season.

    Everyone agrees he's a good player, not sure he's a certain foundation to build around. 

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