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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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    2 minutes ago, beatsurrender said:

    Sotirio must have something. Just about every coach has him in the team (or off the bench) when fit...

    Compromising photos?

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    12 hours ago, matty said:

    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. 

    Well said & spot on. If he had been here last year, I wonder whether he would be as patient.

    Marcus has played the situation very calm, but behind the scenes need to sort him out. Can’t have more of the carry on this season.

    Give him a few weeks of the treatment & then bring him back into the fold.

    12 hours ago, MathyouWSW said:

    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. 

    I know what was happening last week. The Central Coast game was one big ploy to fool our fan base & the heartless into lowering expectations. Then pull the finger out. This Babbel Guy is a genius.

    11 hours ago, luisenrique said:

    The main difference from last year was we played smart football, by and large. Given our relative lack of creative attacking options,  

    This seems to be the biggest difference between our last two managers. Playing the football with the bodies & skill set available, if we want to do more than just make the top 6 it’s the mentality we need.

    10 hours ago, Flytox said:

    4,107 fans there tonight.

    That’s a pretty good effort, they usually average around 8k.

    36 minutes ago, beatsurrender said:

    Sotirio must have something. Just about every coach has him in the team (or off the bench) when fit...

    Sotirio is the perfect squaddie (think trifiro or Shannon cole). He runs & runs, gives a 100% each game & makes up for his shortcomings with effort. It’s something that is undervalued in our team & hope that people will come to realise the value he provides. He’ll never be a prolific season player but will always be available for selection, rarely injured, play anywhere he is told & wont throw a strop if he doesn’t get what he wants.

    Regards,

    President of the Sotirio Appreciation Society

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    Peoples thoughts on Nizic?

    Also, from what I understood. Fantastic first half but struggled second? Didn’t give away many chances but gelling well?

    Is anyone worried about our ceiling? I don’t see us getting significantly better, whereas many other teams have big players yet to come back? 

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    Nizic made some decent saves last night and didn't seem as panicked during set pieces

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    15 minutes ago, Prydzopolis said:

    Also, from what I understood. Fantastic first half but struggled second? Didn’t give away many chances but gelling well?

    Is anyone worried about our ceiling? I don’t see us getting significantly better, whereas many other teams have big players yet to come back? 

    We will get better. A lot better I believe.The new manager has changed the style of play from the last two seasons. Gone ( hopefully ) are the relentless passing around at the back with little or no go forward. This will take time but there are some very positive signs.

     I can't really comment on previous games but if comments here are anything to go by then the game against Melb City was a big step up to what we have been doing. That can only improve once the new guys get their feet and the combinations gel. Optimistc for this season.

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    1 hour ago, wswnick said:

    Nizic made some decent saves last night and didn't seem as panicked during set pieces

    Comes from playing time, particularly for a keeper, communication with back four and confidence building with saves.

    Has moved on in form since Darwin, not there yet but promising signs will develop into a good keeper, got to build players confidence up.

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    1 hour ago, sonar said:

    We will get better. A lot better I believe.The new manager has changed the style of play from the last two seasons. Gone ( hopefully ) are the relentless passing around at the back with little or no go forward. This will take time but there are some very positive signs.

     I can't really comment on previous games but if comments here are anything to go by then the game against Melb City was a big step up to what we have been doing. That can only improve once the new guys get their feet and the combinations gel. Optimistc for this season.

    Agree, as the team settle into Babbels style (dare I say philosophy) we will improve. You can see that already, City performance was far better than Darwin or Bonnyrigg.

    baumjohann is going to get better as he gets fitter and builds and understanding with those around him, but he looks good already

    I see where @Prydzopolis is coming from, I think our squad is a couple of top players short of where some other squads are at. We need a DM, although I though Tokich was ace when he came on and Sotirio / Kamau are not in same class as say a Barbarousis type player 

    Llorente’s defending worries me, he had the back tore out of him numerous times which could have cost us.

    Ziegler is excellent and will massively benefit Hammil

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    So where would a potential derby semi or final be held?  Allianz is under demo orders, ANZ would be just awful and big. It would be good if it was taken to a suburban ground, Leichardt or Penrith?

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    49 minutes ago, beatsurrender said:

    So where would a potential derby semi or final be held?  Allianz is under demo orders, ANZ would be just awful and big. It would be good if it was taken to a suburban ground, Leichardt or Penrith?

    cashcow will make sure its at anz, but being a midweek game spotless might get the nod. 

    Impressive is how we held on last night, city tried all they could but our backline was solid and bringin on elrich it became a strong unit. This coach is working on having a strong defence, not worried to much in their ability to play the ball out or how they go move fwd but more the basics of how to hold and maintain a lead. Too many matches last season we fell behind easy or scored and let them level soon after

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    All depends on Adelaide next week. If they win it's up in the air. If not will the FFA change its tune to try and get another derby as the final?

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    4 hours ago, beatsurrender said:

    Sotirio must have something. Just about every coach has him in the team (or off the bench) when fit...

    I could understand bringing him off the bench when we were holding on, his pace could be useful with a team pushing forward for an equaliser but to start him, he just doesnt seem to offer anything at all.  At one stage last night he actually had the chance to utilise his pace but cut back and held it up then lost it.  I just dont see the value but perhaps others can.

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    1 hour ago, tranquilo said:

    cashcow will make sure its at anz, but being a midweek game spotless might get the nod. 

    Impressive is how we held on last night, city tried all they could but our backline was solid and bringin on elrich it became a strong unit. This coach is working on having a strong defence, not worried to much in their ability to play the ball out or how they go move fwd but more the basics of how to hold and maintain a lead. Too many matches last season we fell behind easy or scored and let them level soon after

    Spotless in the rain it is then, WSW nice & dry and noisy, whilst the blue side get washed out in the scoreboard end :-)

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    If happens Depends who hosts esfc May use it as a chance to try dragons home ground 

    id hope we use Campbelltown ifs served us well in ffa cup matches

    In regards to the game I thought we were okay city seem to have a lot more attacking play but we were smart like Germans ☺️

    Edited by GunnerWanderer

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    From what I understand Spotless is unavailable due to the Extreme Games to be held there in October - several thousand tons of soil and crap on the oval, along with the the trucks and diggers to move it around each night to change the setup for the next day.  It will take weeks to recover and probably why we don't have a home game there until November.

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    Pleasantly surprised by last night, really thought we were going to get done badly but the defense in particular has come leaps and bounds since Darwin and Bonnyrigg. After the early scares from Fornaroli we really settled and I'd say comfortably handled everything they threw at us considering their one goal was freakish/unsaveable.

     

    Also, Roly is looking better out on the wing then at 10 or 6 IMO.

    Edited by Matto97

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    Whoever the referee was last night, I thought he was awesome. Great use of the advantage.

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    12 hours ago, Prydzopolis said:

     

    Sotirio is the perfect squaddie (think trifiro or Shannon cole)

    How dare you mention two gods in the same breath as Sotirio.

     

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    4 hours ago, BoyFromTheWest said:

    From what I understand Spotless is unavailable due to the Extreme Games to be held there in October - several thousand tons of soil and crap on the oval, along with the the trucks and diggers to move it around each night to change the setup for the next day.  It will take weeks to recover and probably why we don't have a home game there until November.

    FFA Cup SF on between 5 to 7 October. Spotless should be available

    It's a weekend game probably on the 6th.

    So far Smurfs and us have qualified 

    The remaining games are

    Bentleigh Greens v Heidelberg 

    APIA v Adelaide.

    So possible game locations are

    Leichhardt (APIA)

    Coopers (Adelaide)

    Melbourne (Heidelberg or Bentleigh)

    if we got a home game, the only possibilities are

    ANZ if smurfs. 

    Campbelltown or Penrith if Adelaide 

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    For me, it was:

    3 - Ziggy
    2 - Rizzo
    1 - BJ Hammer

    Ziggy makes me moist AF. What a genuine talent, hard as nails and smart.

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    What was with the commentators mentioning multiple times that we only have 3 CBs (Hammil, Zig and Tonyik) and we probably need to invest in another one.  Then saying we only have one defender on the bench (Elrich)?  Isnt Taz a CB?

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    1 hour ago, T1m said:

    What was with the commentators mentioning multiple times that we only have 3 CBs (Hammil, Zig and Tonyik) and we probably need to invest in another one.  Then saying we only have one defender on the bench (Elrich)?  Isnt Taz a CB?

    They were also asking why Tongyik an Kamau weren't here (they were injured) and said Baumjohann was a marquee so I largely ignored anything else they said for rest of match.

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    13 hours ago, hughsey said:

    Whoever the referee was last night, I thought he was awesome. Great use of the advantage.

    I didn’t get that impression from Mack’s breakdown of his performance :lol: 

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    Just now, Prydzopolis said:

    I didn’t get that impression from Mack’s breakdown of his performance :lol: 

    God bless you Mack 😁

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    17 hours ago, Matto97 said:

    Pleasantly surprised by last night, really thought we were going to get done badly but the defense in particular has come leaps and bounds since Darwin and Bonnyrigg. After the early scares from Fornaroli we really settled and I'd say comfortably handled everything they threw at us considering their one goal was freakish/unsaveable.

     

    Also, Roly is looking better out on the wing then at 10 or 6 IMO.

    I said people were panicking a bit too much after the Darwin game.....seems  we are heading in the right direction as pre season is progressing. Still not where the gaffer would want us to be but all you want at this stage is to see an improvement on the last outing....and we are getting that.

    Lots of reasons for optimism

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