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    Wanderers Season Ends Against Adelaide


    mack

    A late red card to Keanu Baccus, a missed penalty from Oriol Riera and some lackadaisical defence combined to see the Wanderers lose 2-3 to Adelaide United. Requiring a win to finish 6th and play in the final series, instead the Wanderers finished 7th and saw their season end at fulltime.

    The quest for 6th started so well in the 15th minute, Adelaide keeper Paul Izzo got in a right tangle as he spilled a long-range shot into the path of Riera, then scrambled into the path of the striker and cut him down. Riera stepped up and slotted it into the bottom corner past the desperate dive of Izzo.

    That lead lasted bare minutes. Clisby & Hamill were caught square & far up the park, standing on half way when a long bomb from the Adelaide backline flew over Clisby's foot and into the path of Baba Diawara. He had Hamill beaten for pace and finished smartly with the outside of his right foot past Vedran Janjetovic.

    The topsy-turvey game continued with Adelaide taking a 2-1 lead in the 38th minute. Nathan Konstandopoulos weaved into the penalty area and had a shot blocked by the defence, only to roll into the path of midfielder Daniel Adlung, he ran onto the ball with a sweet left foot strike that curled into the top corner.

    Just like the Wanderers lead earlier, Adelaide's lead was erased in quick time. Raul Llorente strode onto a ball down the left flank and delivered a first time cross into the center, it passed over Riera but Marcelo Carrusca rose into the air and nodded the ball home.

    Only 3 minutes later the Wanderers were going to the penalty spot again. The referee missed a blatant penalty on Chris Ikonomidis, but the VAR intervened after a short delay. Once again Riera stepped up to face Izzo from 12 yards, Riera went the other way and Izzo had guessed correctly, turning the ball around the post for a corner.

    On the hour mark the Wanderers hopes of playing in the finals drastically went down. Keanu Baccus & Johann Absalonsen tangled together while fighting for the ball, as they both fell to the turf and got up, Absalonsen stood up then went down like he was shot. After a break in play the VAR intervened, with Baccus called out and red carded for a kick out action.

    Josep Gombau threw players forward looking for an unlikely winner, turning to a 3 man defensive line with Santalab & Riera up front, but the low hopes were extinguished 10 minutes from full time as Adelaide went on the counter.  Sweeping down the right flank through Nikola Mileusnic, his cross evaded both Llorente and Hamill, and Josh Risdon at the back post was completely beaten for pace by Ryan Kitto and he slammed the ball past the despairing dive for Janjetovic.

    Finishing 7th is an abysmal result for the Wanderers. It is absolutely not good enough. There is no singular person who is at fault for the result tonight nor the season as a whole. It is a collective failure, a cascade of heartless players, ill disciplined players both on and off the field, inept players who have been paid for too much for what they delivered this season and a coaching structure that imploded early in the season, Gombau's desire to setup his possession first philosophy with defense as an afterthought and poor recruitment from Tony Popovic before his exit at the start of the season.

    The men who own this club have some searing questions to answer to fix the major problems that plague the Wanderers this year both on field and off the field. The RBB situation is a farce and must be fixed before the start of the new season. The club staff had their big "We're in charge" banning the RBB moment, now it is time to swallow your pride and start talking with the people to resolve the situation. Spotless Stadium and it's ridiculous security apparatus that poisons the goodwill atmosphere by threats of arrests & bans against paying customers and as seen recently, club staff should not be tolerated by John Tsatsimas and the rest of the executive office at the Wanderers.

    Next season is the last before our new stadium. It would be a horrible shame if we go into our new stadium without the vibrant supporter culture that involved all membership groups at the club and another year of failure on the pitch to go along with it.

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    20 minutes ago, StringerBellend said:
    44 minutes ago, EmMac said:

    *shrug* I care.

    You are a very caring individual 

    Sometimes..........when Aries is in Gemini with Scorpio in ascendence and Taurus in a bucket hat

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    11 minutes ago, EmMac said:

    Sometimes..........when Aries is in Gemini with Scorpio in ascendence and Taurus in a bucket hat

    Would that be chicken bucket hat? 

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    1 minute ago, StringerBellend said:

    Would that be chicken bucket hat? 

    The one and only

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    24 minutes ago, EmMac said:

    Sometimes..........when Aries is in Gemini with Scorpio in ascendence and Taurus in a bucket hat

    Shut up. I'm a Taurus and I don't wear no bucket hat. :)

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    6 minutes ago, Wanderboy said:

    Shut up. I'm a Taurus and I don't wear no bucket hat. :)

    Your double negative says you do!

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    Oh never fear, fellow Taurean here, i am paying tribute to our revered leader

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    Just now, EmMac said:

    Oh never fear, fellow Taurean here, i am paying tribute to our revered leader

    Indeed. :)

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    14 hours ago, FCB said:

    The club was willing to spend big on Eduardo last season. The club was willing to spend big on both Milicic and Schuster. It was not their fault that it didn't happen.

    You don't think that damage has been done to the club by coming 7th? We are the laughing stock of the league. Gombau has been a disaster, he offered nothing over the last 5 months. Why anyone would want to reward non performance of a manager is beyond me. Him getting sacked after 10 rounds next season as Bozza suggests would be the worst case scenario. It needs to be avoided.

     

     

    I stopped having any faith in Gombau after seeing the team he put on the park in the second Derby.

    There's an oft-quoted cliche "The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result". I don't think it's been translated to Spanish, because Gombau hasn't seen it.

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    14 hours ago, Davo said:

    On the CB issue, who would we have signed? I don't remember there being any good CB's available and affordable in the January window, particularly the ball playing CB that would work in our system.

    It's not unreasonable that the club decided to bank the leftover cap space for next season when we have time to scout a proper fit, and use Thwaite and Hamill as starting CB's with Aspro as backup and Clisby as emergency backup. Aspro got injured after the January window closed and Thwaite got sent off. There aren't many clubs in the league set up with the depth to handle that scenario.

    Not to want to be like them, but when the other lot lost a centre back in jan they bring in bujis. If you have a foreign spot there are lots of players in jan. finding a Australian is obviously harder.

    I’d hope that They hadn’t decided to write season off in Jan,  if so the club is more rooted than I thought 

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    54 minutes ago, wswtragic said:

    I stopped having any faith in Gombau after seeing the team he put on the park in the second Derby.

    There's an oft-quoted cliche "The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result". I don't think it's been translated to Spanish, because Gombau hasn't seen it.

    Personally the Jets game was the point were I totally lost it. Talk about doing the same thing over, merrick stuck 3 up front and said close down the centre backs, we kept rolling the ball out and losing it 

    However right until Sunday I wanted him to work out

     

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    The top scorer of the Western Sydney Wanderers said that throughout the season the team missed its former manager too much.

    Just a week before the start of the 2017/18 season the news surprised everyone: Tony Popovic left his job at Western Sydney Wanderers to direct in Turkish soccer. The red and white squad had been visibly beaten by this decision since not only the new players who had arrived at the club had done so at Popa's insistence, but also the institution was entering unknown waters. Since its founding Popovic had been his only DT and now, in less than a week, he would have to choose a replacement.

    The name was aimed at the Catalan Josep Gombau, a trainer diametrically opposed in his philosophy of play. Gombau had it difficult from day one, suffering a disastrous initial streak of five consecutive defeats and losing one of the Sydney Derbies by 5-0. The team never found him back to his game idea and what is worse, the tension between the coaching staff and the staff was palpable in the air. In fact, throughout the season have been several times in which it has been reported about possible discussions within the WSW locker room.

    After consummating the defeat against Adelaide United that earned him not to have entered the playoffs for the second time in its history, who faced the microphones was the historic scorer of the institution Brendon Santalab. The striker referred to the departure of his old head coach as well as the disapproval of the fans once the match ended before the squadron of South Australia:

    "When Popa left the team it was very difficult for everyone in the club and I think that weighed on us throughout the season. We had highs and lows and we never gained consistency, regularity ... I understand the anger of the people. We have a big fan and sending them home in this way is very difficult. We promise to come back stronger next season, but there is a lot of work to be done before. "
    At no time in the interview Santalab referred to the current coach Gombau. This is undoubtedly an indication that, at least for a sector of the workforce, Catalan does not count at all. It only remains to know if finally the board of directors of the club will make the decision to give him another chance or show him the starting gate. Until a few weeks ago the board was in full inclination to dismiss the coach who was only kept in office by the insistence of CEO John Tsatsimas and owner Paul Lederer. But now, once the elimination of the Wanderers is completed, the situation could be different.

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    2 minutes ago, MajorMelons said:

    Did you write this or is there a link? 

    I took it from the A-liga site after translation. Looks like thr Bossi article. I bolded the last few sentences.

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    After consummating the defeat! 

    Yes we were totally consummated in the same way that people consummate marriages 

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    1 hour ago, StringerBellend said:

    After consummating the defeat! 

    Yes we were totally consummated in the same way that people consummate marriages 

    This season we had a few defeats consummated against our will 

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    On 17/04/2018 at 9:51 AM, wendybr said:

    How come you're still here - our season is over.

     

     

    I know I know....we're too much fun to hang out with for you to want to leave! :xnod:

    Actually, I can't leave while there is so much gnashing of teeth. This is too much fun! :rofl:

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    5 minutes ago, pudispencer said:

    Actually, I can't leave while there is so much gnashing of teeth. This is too much fun! :rofl:

    Mack 

    Isn't Pudi's profile picture enough for a ban?:ninja:

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    6 minutes ago, pudispencer said:

    Actually, I can't leave while there is so much gnashing of teeth. This is too much fun! :rofl:

    Do you stop to look at road accidents? 

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    27 minutes ago, pudispencer said:

    Actually, I can't leave while there is so much gnashing of teeth. This is too much fun! :rofl:

    Well there you go!

    We ARE a fun group.

    Gnashing of teeth though?

    Nah...good humoured and intelligent debate/discussion is what you'll generally get here.

    I don't blame you for wanting to hang out with us. ;)

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    On 17/04/2018 at 4:38 PM, mack said:

    Yup, that's clearly what I was doing by asking why if this squad was full of such amazing talent, that none of them but Riera could manage 5 goals and wondering if our supposedly "top 4 squad" was actually a top 4 squad when our foreign attacking trio Jumpei, Roly & Cejudo combined scored as many goals as Jason Hoffman did.

    That's quite a stark statistic!

     

    On 17/04/2018 at 6:11 PM, GoatyMcGoatFace said:

    people are laughing at us? OH NO THE TRAVESTY, there are 3 clubs worse off than us tbh, not that it improves things for us much but it does a tiny bit i mean imagine being central coast or wellington, the club has a history of promising big and coming up with **** all(does everyone remember when we signed klose? or all those deals with amazing players which fell through at the last second? i dont trust the club to sign anyone better than gombau, 

    Well, you have to admit that Nux and Perth suffer from horrendous travel schedules and CCM doesn't have much money. By comparison, WSW spent the most money in the league on players this season including importing La Liga players. So yes, I think it's fair to say people are laughing.

    I can only surmise that Gombau did not get the behind-the-scenes support he needed. He's been looking like a deer in the headlight, and there seems to be very little respect from the players and not much camaraderie.

    I've just seen that he's left. https://www.wswanderersfc.com.au/news/gombau-departs-wanderers

    Edited by pudispencer

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    29 minutes ago, Paul01 said:

    Mack 

    Isn't Pudi's profile picture enough for a ban?:ninja:

    What, the future NT coach?? That's treacherous talk.

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    9 minutes ago, pudispencer said:

     

    That's quite a stark statistic!

     

    Well, you have to admit that Nux and Perth suffer from horrendous travel schedules and CCM doesn't have much money. By comparison, WSW spent the most money in the league on players this season including importing La Liga players. So yes, I think it's fair to say people are laughing.

    I can only surmise that Gombau did not get the behind-the-scenes support he needed. He's been looking like a deer in the headlight, and there seems to be very little respect from the players and not much camaraderie.

    I've just seen that he's left. https://www.wswanderersfc.com.au/news/gombau-departs-wanderers

    that is a good point but there is one huge factor you are forgetting, we suffered tony popovic signings :P seriously tony popovic has brought some terrible signings to the club i mean roly and jumpei were both part of the squad when he took over, sadly roly is still there but i do agree he has pretty much zero respect from the players

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    9 minutes ago, pudispencer said:

    What, the future NT coach?? That's treacherous talk.

    Expect him to last one Tournament, Asian Cup 2019.

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    8 minutes ago, GoatyMcGoatFace said:

    that is a good point but there is one huge factor you are forgetting, we suffered tony popovic signings :P seriously tony popovic has brought some terrible signings to the club i mean roly and jumpei were both part of the squad when he took over, sadly roly is still there but i do agree he has pretty much zero respect from the players

    True, his signings were very much hit and miss.

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    6 minutes ago, Paul01 said:

    Expect him to last one Tournament, Asian Cup 2019.

    You might be right. For the life of me, I don't know why any coach wants that job. Weekly club football where you can select a squad from anywhere in the world (within salary cap and FFA rules), control fitness with your own staff, train them every week all season, vs the NT where the quality is limited to local players, fitness is subject to their clubs, you spend half your time in a plane to go watch potential players, and then have stuff-all time to make the selected squad operate as a cohesive team for a small number of matches. And get hounded by the press. The NT coach is on a hiding to nothing.

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