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    Wanderers Wall Blocks City Comeback


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    Western Sydney Wanderers are into the FFA Cup 2018 Semi-Finals with a 2-1 win over Melbourne City tonight.

    Markus Babbel sprung a surprise on the Melbourne City opposition with the selection of fast winger Jaushua Sotirio in the starting lineup. City for their part kept most of their powder dry, leaving the likes of Ritchie De Laet and Florin Berenguer.

    Josh Risdon was lucky in the 7th minute to not give away a penalty for a handball, as he attempted blocking a cross from Dario Vidosic. Replays were inconclusive but suggested it was off the national team fullbacks chest or back.

    That warning for Risdon clearly didn't reach his brain, as in the 11th minute, with absolutely no danger to the side in the offing, Risdon handled the ball and the referee had no hesitation in awarding a spot kick. Bruno Fornaroli the star attacker stepped up, but his ambling 'walk up' resulted in a weak shot that rolled wide, despite Nizic having gone the wrong way. Fornaroli should have opened his account a few minutes later, Lachie Wales broke down the right flank and beat the Wanderers wide defence of Llorente & Bonevacia, his cut back was perfect and surprisingly Fornaroli smashed it wide right.

    Western Sydney should have taken the lead themselves in the 20th minute. A cute free kick trick play saw the Wanderers play a number of wonderful short fast passes, the final ball however was behind the attackers, had it been more accurate or had the runners made a delayed run they would have had a tap-in. The Wales/Fornaroli combination gave another fright to the Wanderers, with Wales athletically jumping to lift a cross to the penalty area, Fornaroli found it with his head but touched it over the bar.

    The game finally had a piece of consistent quality in the 32nd minute, as the away side took a 1-0 lead somewhat against the run of play. Baumjohan stepped in to deliver a corner, his flat in swinging ball to the near post found the head of Riera, and the marquee striker glanced a perfect header through the bodies into the back of the net.

    Luke Brattan lost the ball in a dangerous position to a Riera challenge, and the striker swept it on to Sotirio, who got a bit lucky with a mis kicked shot, it rolled into the path or Roly Bonevacia and he lashed the ball home to make it 2-0 to the Wanderers just before half-time. The goal saw the two sides head to the break, the Wanderers having overcome their early wobbles to storm to the lead and hold it. City with their early failures didn't recover mentally and began giving the ball away and resorting to breaking up the Wanderers attack with blatant fouling.

    Unfortunately for the Wanderers their 2 goal cushion only lasted 7 minutes. Melbourne City, with momentum given to them by a series of refereeing decisions, attacked and picked up a corner. Despite an awful corner, it fell to Riley McGree and he arrowed a shot into the top corner.

    The first sub of the night came in the 56th minute, and it was one that may result in further interest from the media. Kearyn Baccus stormed off the pitch after being replaced by Marc Tokich, throwing his shirt to the ground angrily as he stomped up the tunnel.

    Melbourne City began throwing players forward chasing the game, helped by a compliant very home team biased referee who blew his whistle every time a City player theatrically fell to the floor. Tarek Elrich replaced Sotirio to bring more defensive muscle onto the park for the Wanderers. Despite the help of the ref and a huge amount of possession, Melbourne City huffed & puffed but couldn't penetrate a stoic Wanderers defence, and Western Sydney became the first team into the Semi-Finals of the 2018 FFA Cup.

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    Call off the search....the real wanderers have been found again in Melbourne after going awol for over a year....

    Not pretty in parts but hard fought which is all i wanted.

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    Ok I be honest I thought we were getting spanked today. Very happy with the result and with the season just around the corner

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    I wonder how Babbel will deal with Baccus Snr...? Time to say bye bye I think....mutual agreement termination.

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    7 minutes ago, sonar said:

    I wonder how Babbel will deal with Baccus Snr...? Time to say bye bye I think....mutual agreement termination.

    He'll give him one chance, use it as a teaching moment for the whole team and give him the chance to turn it around... Well, that's what I would do. 

     

    Edited by matty

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    Still work in progress but much better. A worry that Satiro is a starter. The new imports look good and an improvement on the ones they replaced.

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    That was impressive. I thought we looked in control for that whole game and didn’t give City much at all. I love the aggression we have when winning the ball and pressing. That set piece we almost scored from was delicious and that goal from the corner was faith restoring!! Great stuff! 

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    What stood out for me was that the lads seemed to be gelling. Lots more communication coming from the back and midfield seem to be thinking more like a unit looking for each other/options. Lots still to do though. I would love to see more of those training pieces

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    That was a very old school Wanderers (? 😂) win. 

    Given KB’s previous I don’t think it will end well for him. I think we’ll have another squad spot open very soon. 

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    Baccus is becoming a ******* sook and im sick of that crap, piss him off on he same bus out of town sotirio and that lanky ass Keeper..

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    I feel that Babbel has had a few words with them after the Mariners result. Anyway, This is a great result. The team is looking like a potential top 4 team for this season IMO. 

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    3 minutes ago, stavup said:

    Baccus is becoming a ******* sook and im sick of that crap, piss him off on he same bus out of town sotirio and that lanky ass Keeper..

    Lol, that lanky ass keeper made a good save there at one point! 

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    Yep give Sotirio credit where it's due, his hot and cold performances infuriate WSW fans like no other player ever has.

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    7 minutes ago, hawks2767 said:

    Yep give Sotirio credit where it's due, his hot and cold performances infuriate WSW fans like no other player ever has.

    Yep.

    So it's either Sotorio or Kamau. 

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    Babbel said he didn't see the Baccus thing, and gave the usual "of course a player wants to play" type response.

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    I thought Roly did well tonight compared to his last 2 appearances and I really liked Tokich. 

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    Baccus should have got the treatment last year when he started with his tantrums, and been pissed off at the end of the season...he's not that ******* good 

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    Encouraging performance...considering we were away from home against one of the most dangerous attacks in the league, I thought we did pretty well. The main difference from last year was we played smart football, by and large. Given our relative lack of creative attacking options, I'll be more than happy if we base our game around getting balls in the air to Riera, especially through set pieces. The improvement in set pieces alone could be a major factor, especially in a league like this and with a weapon like Riera.

    It was good to see Nizic have a calm performance in case we need him during the season. Ziegler has already made such a huge difference, massive for the whole team to have such a strong central defender. 

    Baccus can **** off...you only put up with his regular petulance if he was an outstanding player. He's not. Tokich looked better when he came on. Given that there are still some parts of the squad that need improving, this could be a good opportunity to free up a squad space. 

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    27 minutes ago, hawks2767 said:

    Yep give Sotirio credit where it's due, his hot and cold performances infuriate WSW fans like no other player ever has.

    Forgot that NTS used to give away penalties. Just as bad.

    And Sotorio is a western Sydney boy compared to that lazy s*** Kamau.

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    Also thought Roly had one of his best games. Won the ball back a few times, didn't really try any of his stupid no look type passes, and showed good speed when needed. 

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    21 minutes ago, Davo said:

    And 4,000 of them were seagulls.

    The FFA Cup website lists the official attendance at 1800 so 2200 were seagulls. 

    Watched the players celebrating with the away fans with smiles. Nizic was a little lost in in though

    Edited by Paul01
    Correction

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    8 hours ago, StringerBellend said:

    And sotirio had a decent game too

    :shok:

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