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    Wellington Steal 3 Points Late On


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    Western Sydney Wanderers have fallen to a late Roy Krishna winner by Wellington Phoenix, the match ending 3-2 at the Sydney Olympic Stadium.

    The game took a half-hour to come to life, with Wellington stifling the Wanderers attack with non-stop fouling, hacking Alexander Baumjohann off the park in the 5th minute, and then Oriol Riera in the 40th minute. As usual for Wanderers games, the Referee, Jonathan Barreiro sat and watched the avalanche of aggressive physical attacks and did nothing to stop them, losing control of the game and rewarding Wellington for their anti-football. It's now 6 games under this useless official without a win for the Wanderers, it's time for the FFA to remove him from the pool, because he's out of his depth and can't control a game to save his life. His inability to stop Wellington from lashing out has now cost us two of our most expensive players.

    13 minutes into the half and the VAR hogged the spotlight yet again in the A-League. Bruce Kamau was cut down by Louis Fenton, with a lunge that missed the ball by a mile, and the referee awarded the clear and obvious penalty, only for the VAR to ludicrously intervene, send the referee to the sideline to watch a handful of super slow motion replays, and cause him to over-turn his own decision. It was just another in the litany of VAR failures that have robbed the Wanderers of legitimate goals or penalty chances.

    The guilty party Fenton then popped up to open the scoring. Fenton burst down the right flank, laid a short pass off to Singh, who flicked over the static, square defensive line as Brendan Hamill was caught ball watching and Tarek Elrich done for pace. It was a simple finish past the keeper for 1-0.

    Hamill made up somewhat for his defensive lapse in the 41st, after heading forward for a corner, he beat Wellington keeper Kurto to the in-swinging corner and nodded it into an empty net. Wellington weren't playing with anyone on the posts, but after that goal, they might want to reconsider that tactical choice in the future. Kwame Yeboah replaced Oriol Riera for his Wanderers debut just before half-time.

    The game settled into a rhythm of Wellington fouling and hacking away at the Wanderers before firing long balls over the top of the home team's slow defence. It paid off in the 82nd minute, Roy Krishna racing onto a long ball, Vedran Janjetovic repeated his Sydney Derby mistake without getting sent off, leaving Krishna an open net, that he found with an elevated chip over Hamill's desperate lunge.

    The home crowd of just over 7000 roared the Wanderers home, and it looked as if they would come away with a point if not all three points when Keanu Baccus equalised minutes later. Another well taken cross from Fitzgerald fell across the penalty area at the feet of Baccus, who blasted a fearsome strike into the roof of the net.

    Unfortunately for the Wanderers not only did they fail to win the game, they failed to even draw it. Tarek Elrich made another horrible defensive error, being drawn out of position and being far too slow to recover, allowing Max Burgess to deliver a cross into the near post area. Brendan Hamill was also too slow to react, letting Krishna in at the near post, his header ricocheting off a statuesque Janjetovic, into the post, his feet and then goal.

    It was an utterly undeserved three points, with the disgusting display of anti-fooball from Wellington being punctuated by Mark Rudan verbally attacking Wanderers assistant manager Jean-Paul de Marigny, as well as remonstrating with the Wanderers coaching staff at the full time whistle.

    Even if you're one of the people who think that finishing 6th and being knocked out in week one of the final series is a success, the Wanderers are now 7 points back from Adelaide in 6th position. If Adelaide put together a win against Melbourne in their upcoming clash, that figure will blow out to 10 points. It's clear we have no hope of winning a trophy this year, nor of qualification for the Asian Champions League. It is time for Vedran, Hamill and Tarek to be added to the pile of players who should leave the club either now or at the conclusion of the season, and for Markus Babbel to start our younger prospects to at least salvage a measure of value from the rest of the year as he rebuilds towards 2019/20.

    The Wanderers play Perth Glory in Perth on Sunday January 2013. Kick-off is 8pm Sydney time.

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    6 minutes ago, Burztur said:

    Tarek is a squaddie now and shouldn't be running the full 90 mins.

    I believe in Babbel but the question is will he be able to build the squad he needs and get the performance he wants to win a few trophies? I hope so.

     

    On that note, season is over, so let's blood as many of our youth guys as we can. Release players, bank 10% of the cap, do everything we can to maximise next year.

    I agree about giving the youngs guys more time but I'm guessing Babbel has to weigh up throwing young inexperienced players into a game against the league leaders where a 5 or 6 goal thrashing may well do more harm than good. Injuries may well force his hand though. It's going to be interesting 2nd half to the season in many ways.

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    Just now, sonar said:

    I agree about giving the youngs guys more time but I'm guessing Babbel has to weigh up throwing young inexperienced players into a game against the league leaders where a 5 or 6 goal thrashing may well do more harm than good. Injuries may well force his hand though. It's going to be interesting 2nd half to the season in many ways.

    Agree. Need to balance the potential thrashings and blooding. Having the youth smashed weekly might do more harm than good as well.

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    1 hour ago, lloydy136 said:

    was more responding in my post to the perception that ABJ is 'lazy and doesn't create much' than the comparison to roly.

    look at the victory game as an example - from my memory ABJ created 3 very clear chances - pinpoint cross to Riera, corner on Ziegler's head at back post and through ball for fitzy to round keeper - that is as well as winning and scoring the pen.

    He has had a lot of games like this (as the stat I quoted backs up). I'm not sure what people are wanting him to do that he isn't doing - he is putting chances on a plate for our front 3 and they aren't taking them.

    That's what I mean by asking what they consider a chance. I'm genuinely curious. 

    I thought the Wellington game was interesting - seeing Roly play 10 after a lay off. Our attack looked dangerous. I think it helped that Riera was replaced with someone more mobile too. 

    I just find the different styles of players interesting, not having a go. 

    BTW when I say BJ is 'lazy' I mean in back play, he doesn't work to offer himself as an option. 

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    Concur with Matty above we seemed a little more dynamic with roly at 10 and Yeboah up top 

    Reira and Abj strengths are not their mobility. 

    In essence the conversation you guys have taken this is a really good one highlighting some lack of balance and cohesion in the squad. The likes of sotiro, roly (the wsw one) and kamau don’t have the technical skill to retain possession to get the best of our marquees. 

    Abj can realse a player but Reira isn’t the player to be on the end of counters unless they can put the ball and his head and they have shown they can’t. 

    I still don’t understand how babbel wants to play still if seems to be possession based but to be honest the nix are the template or how to fix a broken squad and you can refer back to season 1 for us 

    when you are not great you make sure you are water tight at the back and we DO NOT have a A-League standard LB and I’m not convinced any of our CB’s are great. Ziegler might be better if he had a reliable partner. 

    And our goalie save for a remarkable turnaround has totally lost form. 

    Babbel in his press conference knows it’s hard to turn this **** around because at any moment we could concede a goal because we have 4 of our back 5 who are not mentally ready for 90 mins. 

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    Right now it's more likely that Brisbane will hit some form and overtake us than us overtaking Newcastle, let alone getting into the top 6.

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    24 minutes ago, GunnerWanderer said:

    Concur with Matty above we seemed a little more dynamic with roly at 10 and Yeboah up top 

    Reira and Abj strengths are not their mobility. 

    In essence the conversation you guys have taken this is a really good one highlighting some lack of balance and cohesion in the squad. The likes of sotiro, roly (the wsw one) and kamau don’t have the technical skill to retain possession to get the best of our marquees. 

    Abj can realse a player but Reira isn’t the player to be on the end of counters unless they can put the ball and his head and they have shown they can’t. 

    I still don’t understand how babbel wants to play still if seems to be possession based but to be honest the nix are the template or how to fix a broken squad and you can refer back to season 1 for us 

    when you are not great you make sure you are water tight at the back and we DO NOT have a A-League standard LB and I’m not convinced any of our CB’s are great. Ziegler might be better if he had a reliable partner. 

    And our goalie save for a remarkable turnaround has totally lost form. 

    Babbel in his press conference knows it’s hard to turn this **** around because at any moment we could concede a goal because we have 4 of our back 5 who are not mentally ready for 90 mins. 

    Going forward we have actually looked best when both Roly and ABJ play central. With Roly behind abj we did this at the end of the victory game.

    Roly ain’t a 10 nor is he a winger

    The problem with this is Rolys “sloppiness” both with ball and in defence

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    1 hour ago, StringerBellend said:

    Going forward we have actually looked best when both Roly and ABJ play central. With Roly behind abj we did this at the end of the victory game.

    Roly ain’t a 10 nor is he a winger

    The problem with this is Rolys “sloppiness” both with ball and in defence

    Exhibit A all the fouls that Roly conceded in the second half #sloppy

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    8 hours ago, lloydy136 said:

    was more responding in my post to the perception that ABJ is 'lazy and doesn't create much' than the comparison to roly.

    look at the victory game as an example - from my memory ABJ created 3 very clear chances - pinpoint cross to Riera, corner on Ziegler's head at back post and through ball for fitzy to round keeper - that is as well as winning and scoring the pen.

    He has had a lot of games like this (as the stat I quoted backs up). I'm not sure what people are wanting him to do that he isn't doing - he is putting chances on a plate for our front 3 and they aren't taking them.

    And don't forget the ball to Majok which was deemed offside.

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    2 hours ago, Sithslayer1991 said:

    Exhibit A all the fouls that Roly conceded in the second half #sloppy

    And the losing his runner for the last victory goal 

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    36 minutes ago, dcrow said:

    And don't forget the ball to Majok which was deemed offside.

    The offside call saved his bad touch 

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    Yes we were a lot more mobile with Yeboah, Roly, Fitzgerald and Kamau as the front four but you can’t cross into Yeboah 

    Itd be interesting to see how we played if we replaced Yeboah with Riera - that way, we wouldn’t have to dribble around and keep passing it, we could get it to the wing and cross as well 

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    This weekend could offer some better insight into a more free flowing forward line  , if Babbel's rabble gel up front with a bit of pace then we may see some better things that with the pedestrian Riera , here's hoping.

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    Too many players getting knocked off the ball, 3-4 need a good pie , chips and a couple of custard tarts, and put on 5-6 kgs.

    As i've mentioned before a good defense starts with a loud ( gobby) keeper, that marshals his troupes. Happy with Yeboahs first up performance.

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    22 hours ago, Howie said:

    Too many players getting knocked off the ball, 3-4 need a good pie , chips and a couple of custard tarts, and put on 5-6 kgs.

    As i've mentioned before a good defense starts with a loud ( gobby) keeper, that marshals his troupes. Happy with Yeboahs first up performance.

    I remember watching Nizic during first few minutes of the Darwin FFA Cup game.  He was loud and gobby.  Stopped pretty quickly though.

    Last week watching Russell, Yeboah and the other young fellas play actually got my heart racing (In a good way - as opposed to a jumping up, spilling my beer, screaming at the TV and nearly having a heart attack way) for the first time in ages. Would love to see Suman get another chance soon too.

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