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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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    2 hours ago, StringerBellend said:

    I swear the knee slide the other year and all that carry on is the reason he got the job and why half of twitter seem to think he deserves to stay with his “own” team.

    Oh look he runs around, doing fist pumps, he talks about philosophy in a Spanish accent he must know what he is doing.

    Foxe got slaughtered by the same people for drawing too much and playing his subs a bit late. 

    (Not that I want foxe)

    Unfortunately for foxe he doesn’t have a cool accent 

     

    Ummmmm...there are cool Spanish accents....and then there is Josep!

    I cannot actually see his Spanish accent as being one of his endearing qualities tbh....and he does have them.

    I can hardly understand a word he mumbles.

    :D:D

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    WSW in 7th heaven - that post mortem should be fun.

    Last year 30 points gap to the Smurfs, 35:35 goals, 36 points.
    This year 31 points gap. 39:47, 33 points.
    Even in our dreadful S3 we only conceded 44 goals.

    It's blatantly obvious that he weakened the defense, and it cost the club, the team, and probably Gombau personally. It's an achievement in itself that, with a goal scorer like Riera, we didn't make the top three. Sure, Popa's departure ripped the guts out of club and team. But instead of consolidating, Gombau moved in with the wrecking ball.

    Gombau said one thing early November (fine tuning, playing a more attacking style) but did the total opposite - changing everything. And then, in his press conference yesterday, he was talking like Mourinho, as if the current mess has nothing to do with him. Amazing.

    The very player he promoted to the starting XI ( Baby Baccus) copped two red cards this season. It fits that With the second one he just about killed off Gombau's already very modest season goal.

    Gombau out. He is a dud. If there is meant to be another clean out then it may as well be overseen by a manager who knows what his is doing.

     

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    4 hours ago, lloydy136 said:

    The club would have known all of this. They have seen what gumby does, they would (should) have had these discussions before hiring surely....

    Sounds like we should have poached Kenny Lowe. All the lads love him, he parks the bus and gets it into the mixer, none of this pesky philosophy to worry about, just a competitive team who give 110% on the pitch and in the post training drinking sessions.

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    22 minutes ago, mack said:

    Sounds like we should have poached Kenny Lowe. All the lads love him, he parks the bus and gets it into the mixer, none of this pesky philosophy to worry about, just a competitive team who give 110% on the pitch and in the post training drinking sessions.

    Would have taken Lowe over gumby 100%.

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    28 minutes ago, mack said:

    Sounds like we should have poached Kenny Lowe. All the lads love him, he parks the bus and gets it into the mixer, none of this pesky philosophy to worry about, just a competitive team who give 110% on the pitch and in the post training drinking sessions.

    Wasn't gombau a 3rd choice option? Lederer was too tight to sign an experienced German coach? 

     

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    2 hours ago, KGee said:

    When does "WSW Failure: The John Tsatsimas years."  thread open?  

    This absolute bellend needs to go.  His stewardship.  His responsibility.  His abject failure.

    100% spot on...

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    26 minutes ago, wanderersfanatic said:

    Wasn't gombau a 3rd choice option? Lederer was too tight to sign an experienced German coach? 

     

    FCB applied. Too expensive ;)

     

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    37 minutes ago, GrEmIoWaNdErEr said:

    You guys know right Lowe has no coaching credentials what he came from the ntc team to the a league you know the only reason he is still there is because tony sage doesn't want to spend the money for a good coach Lowe still there because he is cheap sage don't have to spend a cent on him. When I went to Perth to play that **** Lowe was still in charge of ntc glory team in npl and the **** is hated by all glory fans they want him gone plus if we had Lowe he would do **** all with us Lowe is a **** and this is coming from someone who has mates who live in Perth pretty much want Lowe out but sage never listens

    he has done a decent jobs with a lot cheaper squads than what we ran out there this year. If you looked at league position vs spending they would be doing pretty well over his 4 years.

    he plays pragmatic football that suits his players.

    he has struck gold a couple of times with his recruitment (keogh & castro)

    he doesn't talk nonsense in the media - he says it how it is.

    not saying he would be my choice to take over but given the choice between him and gumby.....

    Edited by lloydy136

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    53 minutes ago, GrEmIoWaNdErEr said:

    You guys know right Lowe has no coaching credentials what he came from the ntc team to the a league you know the only reason he is still there is because tony sage doesn't want to spend the money for a good coach Lowe still there because he is cheap sage don't have to spend a cent on him. When I went to Perth to play that **** Lowe was still in charge of ntc glory team in npl and the **** is hated by all glory fans they want him gone plus if we had Lowe he would do **** all with us Lowe is a **** and this is coming from someone who has mates who live in Perth pretty much want Lowe out but sage never listens

    Lowe had a UEFA A licence when he was appointed interim head coach at Glory in 2013 and was doing his Pro licence at the time.

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    Who gives a toss about Lowe? That’s Perth’s problem that they keep a **** manager.

    We should be aiming higher than  Perth or central coast or Wellington

    Who cares that they choose to hire and keep crap managers that’s for them 

    if we are the club that we say we are then we should be getting the best manager. 

    7th a couple of points off 6th might be fine if you are okon at mariners with Blake Powell as your strike force but we aren’t 

     

     

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    2 hours ago, NickNova said:

    Season summed up.

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    Normally this would make me laugh however the whole thing in the context of this season is just depressing.  :(

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    Lets face Adelaide put us out of our misery because we would have lost first game in the finals 3-0.

    To summarise this season we had a good team (it really was on paper) and it only hit its potential in the first game of the season. At first it was just a case of bombing out in the second half that cost us points (1st derby and 1st Central Coast game this season are prime examples) but then once Gombau came in we never got going. Wildy inconsistent the whole season we never really looked good at any point this season. As everyone has said before its a failure on all levels of the club (players, Management, CEOs) especially with money and time invested. 

    Bright side.... Only one more season of souless but there needs to be improvement on and off the field as I do worry by the time we go back to Parra the club will be a shell of itself.

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    5 hours ago, KGee said:

    When does "WSW Failure: The John Tsatsimas years."  thread open?  

    This absolute bellend needs to go.  His stewardship.  His responsibility.  His abject failure.

    Finally someone can see the light 

     

    JT🖕OUT

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    18 hours ago, pudispencer said:

    Most expensive squad assembled by any team as at the beginning of this season.

    We need more players like Thwaite and Roly. 

    i hate to agree with the sydney fc fan but Roly is utter ****

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    Just now, mack said:

    The "most expensive squad ever" just means JT/Popa/Owners agreed to pay Cejudo far more than he was worth.

    was roly being paid more than 50 cents? because that is far too much

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    3 hours ago, GrEmIoWaNdErEr said:

    Doesn't mean anything now days you can go to any club and coach without a license, that's how ****ed up the system is in Australia because everyone wants to be the next Messi or they have mates who know a mate. In Brazil if you want to coach a team that plays in local league you need to have a license or just coach a futsal team

    The A-League and NPL have minimum coaching licence qualification requirements.

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    31 minutes ago, Paul01 said:

    Keanu Baccus gets 2 game suspension.

    That's a farce... Barbarouses gets one week for an unprovoked stomp, franjic gets nothing (not a red, not even a yellow) for an elbow to the head... Etc etc... the inconsistency of VAR and refereeing in general this year has been a scandal... 

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    9 hours ago, KGee said:

    When does "WSW Failure: The John Tsatsimas years."  thread open?  

    This absolute bellend needs to go.  His stewardship.  His responsibility.  His abject failure.

    It's been a long day at work. I cracked up at bellend. Thank you. :cheeky:

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    13 minutes ago, Davo said:

    They say that’s the minimum penalty for violent conduct, but didn’t Barbarouses get one week for his stomp against us?

    Barbarouses got his red card for "serious unsporting conduct". Baccus got his for "violent conduct".

    Apparently because Baccus was lying on the ground his was violent conduct but Barbarouses standing around before a penalty and deciding to stomp on Baccus wasn't violent, just unsporting.

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    Hearing the comments and rumours, here and elsewhere, seems Gumby isn't a good manager of people.  The squad is a good squad of players; he has had good stuff to work with but hasn't pulled them together at all.  He has players who have performed very well under other coaches and in other leagues but hasn't built a team - seems he has made his favourites and gotten everyone else off-side.  He will pick his own players next year, those who will bow to his antics and ways but are they actually the best players and the ones WSW needs? 

    I'm over Gumby unfortunately - he hasn't made anything of the squad he has after 20 rounds.  It doesn't work for me that 'he needs his own squad'.  He's a coach and well, hasn't coached.  The players are playing in a manner that is all over the place.  Tactics, as others have said have been pretty poor - unless you like watching the ball go backwards around the back 4.  Player selection based on who he seems to get on with.  And this magic, mysterious and missing philosophy.  All that bodes well for 2018-19.  can't wait.

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