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    Wanderers Bombed By Newcastle Jets


    The Western Sydney Wanderers chance of a top 6 berth is over, after a 5-1 loss to the Newcastle Jets tonight.

    With end to end action in the first 10 minutes, Oriol Riera had the best chance of the early going. His 12th minute strike on the end of a Wanderers counter-attack came after he weaved inside Nikolai Topor-Stanley, forcing Glen Moss into a full arms length stretching save.

    Newcastle opened the scoring shortly after, taking advantage of sloppy play from Brendan Hamill. The Wanderers captain woefully underhit a 10 meter pass that was intended for Roly Bonevacia, but it was intercepted half way to the intended destination. The Jets broke as Ugarkovic released Hoffman, his pass to the far side found Dimitri Petratos and he lined up a trademark left footed curling shot and that had Vedran Janjetovic beaten well and truly.

    The Jets had a two goal advantage in the 22nd minute. Having worked the ball into the penalty area, a Petratos backheel found the feet of Georgevski. His shot was blocked by Tarek Elrich, the rebound fell to Hoffman, he reflexively stuck out a boot, the ball bounced into the turf and over the desperate dive of Janjetovic.

    Deep into first half stoppage time Marc Tokich was judged to have taken Ronald Vargas out in the penalty area, after he reached in with his foot to kick the ball away, with some contact on both ball and player the VAR declined to step in. Roy O'Donovan stepped to the spot, and blasted it to Vedran's left, the keeper made the save but unluckily for the Wanderers it went straight back to where it came from and O'Donovan tucked home the rebound.

    The second half began as the first had, with Newcastle scoring. Five minutes in, Newcastle attacked down the right flank and launched in a cross to the back post, Vedran flapped weakly at it, doing little more than dropping it to the feet of Ridenton who turned and shot through the legs of Brendan Hamill's attempted cover defence.

    Tokich's nightmare of a game went from bad to worse when he gave away his second penalty of the night, for a stupid foul against Jason Hoffman. O'Donovan made no mistake and buried the penalty.

    Mitch Duke came on for his Wanderers debut as his side prepared to take a corner and he made an immediate impact to give the Wanderers their first goal of the evening in the 69th minute. Tokich aimed an in-swinging corner to the near post that Duke attacked strongly, flicking it over the top of Glen Moss into the far side goal netting. The Wanderers looked better following the introduction of Duke & Sotiro, there was no further goal-mouth action for either side and after 3 minutes of stoppage time the game ended with the 5-1 scoreline. The loss puts Newcastle 8 points clear of the Wanderers, while the Wanderers will fight it out with the Roar and Mariners for the wooden spoon.

    Western Sydney play the Mariners on Saturday the 8th of February at the Sydney Showground.

    Edited by mack

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    On ‎2‎/‎02‎/‎2019 at 11:47 PM, meryn said:

    There's a lot of things I don't feel qualified to comment on about our slump and the reasons for that. 

    But I have been listening to Babbel's post game press conference every week and thinking about the way he talks about the players. Sometimes it has been refreshing and honest and other times so blunt and critical, even blaming, that I find it uncomfortable. Along with other things, I think this is having an effect, not a good one, and that is being noted by others.

    In last night's press conference three or four of the questions from different journalists were asking Babbel about his responsibility for lack of confidence in the players...what does he do to help when their heads drop as they are at the moment? Is he able to relate to them? You haven't sheltered them from criticisms in public (i.e. by you) -  do you think they are responding to that? 

    I think Babbel didn't really answer the questions which may be why they were asked several times in different ways. Listen to the press conference if you haven't already and imagine yourself as one of the players listening to his answers.

    Part of coaching is like parenting, or teaching, or managing staff. The most effective combination is high expectations combined with high levels of support, encouragement and guidance, and constructive criticism is given in private.

    We don't know what goes on at training and the positive regard or not that exists between players and coach. 

    I think the team, or many players, are discouraged. Why wouldn't you be?  A run of losses. A win blown in the last minutes the game before this one. The coach says in public regularly "We are not that good" "The players are not that good". "This is disaster." "Same mistakes every week". "I say to the boys "I like you but... but... (Shrugs)" 

    Along with this, comments from fans on social media are often vitriolic (not so much on this forum), directed at individuals and relentlessly critical and blaming. And some fans walk out while others boo at the end of the game.  

    When a team has lost belief in themselves, it is the coach's job to build belief and their mentality. This is not sentimentalism. Yes they are professional players but they are human beings who need to know the coach has their back and is on their side.  


    On ‎3‎/‎02‎/‎2019 at 12:23 AM, hughsey said:

    The team looks like the sporting equivalent of a mental breakdown.

    What a devastating but accurate summation!  :(

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    On 04/02/2019 at 10:17 AM, hawks2767 said:

    I doubt anyone felt that this match was a certain loss.

    Are you sure about that? We haven’t won in 10 straight games.

    On 04/02/2019 at 10:24 AM, Erebus said:

    Our entire backline are fking frauds.

    When your experienced players are the ones making all the mistakes then they come out and repeatedly say "the team has a lot of inexperience and we need to do better"


    GTFO of my club you frakking passengers. You're supposed to be the leaders of the team yet you are leading by example of how to be absolutely useless and inept. Then Vedran has the hide to mouth "STFU" to the crowd voicing their disdain at the performance. 


    This is the sad part, I love that Hamil & Elrich are westies but if they are going to make horrible mistakes that lead to goals we simply can’t have these players as part of our team.

    23 hours ago, Sithslayer1991 said:

    They are the only other team that have also managed to find ways to not win a game.


    22 hours ago, tardotz said:

    The sad part is that they are playing better than us

    Sadly yes, in fact they are dangerous upfront but incredibly horrible at the back. We could have a competition about not who can score the most, but who can cause the most calamitous goal resulting mistakes. I’m worried. I see a repeat of the Brisbane Adelaide game from last week.

    4 hours ago, theguyyouwishyouwere said:

    the falafel at subway is amazing.

    Thank you for getting us back on topic, Wendy hijacking the thread :acute:

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    24 minutes ago, WSWJACK said:

    remember coming across this when Grimsby were relegated from 4th tier, a pissed off fan wrote a letter how he felt the effort shown was not enough, here's a link to the clean version, worth a laugh.





    I run a business myself, and I believe I could take any 4,000 of my customers at random; burn down their houses, impregnate their wives and then dismember their children before systematically sending them back in the post, limb-by-limb, and still ensure a level of customer satisfaction which exceeds that which I have experienced at Blundell Park at any time so far this season.


    Change "Blundell Park" to "ANZ Stadium" and it's not far wrong...

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