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    mack

    An action packed comeback sparked by an inspired Diego Castro has seen the top placed Perth Glory take a 4-3 victory over the Western Sydney Wanderers in Perth tonight.

    With visa players Alexander Baumjohann, Patrick Ziegler and Oriol Riera out with injury, Markus Babbel turned to new recruit Kwame Yeboah to lead the line for the Wanderers, and bought in Tass Mourdoukoutas in at central defence. Vedran Janjetovic was punished for his recent adventurous brain fades, and Nick Suman started his second A-League game in goal.

    Yeboah rewarded the manager's confidence by securing his debut Wanderers goal in the 38th minute. Nick Fitzgerald whipped in a corner to the 6 yard box, Perth defender Shane Lowry rose to clear but could only flick it on it's way, it struck Yeboah in the head and trickled into the Perth net. 

    The Wanderers went two goals up after the break. Abraham Majok rolled the ball into the path of Yeboah, he strode into the penalty area before cutting back to set up Roly Bonevacia for a simple finish past Liam Reddy.

    Perth scored a controversial goal to make it 2-1 a few minutes after Bonevacia scored. Jake Brimmer lobbed a cross to the far post, Suman knocked the ball away before being clattered into by Jason Davidson, referee Kurt Ams making another of his many mistakes, allowing play to continue. Scott Neville smashed the ball back toward goal, Suman saved well low down to his left, only to see the rebound fall for a Castro header. Suman once again got his hand to the ball, unfortunately it dropped agonisingly into his net. Despite an obvious foul from Davidson, and following the shot by Neville, attempting to play the ball prior to Castro's header, the VAR declined to intervene, leaving the Wanderers furious.

    This was just another in a litany of errors from referee Kurt Ams, he spent the entire game watching the Wanderers like a hawk and still made multiple elementary errors, such as killing a Wanderers counter-attack by judging Majok to have handled the ball when replays showed it was clearly off his chest. He has also spent the first half waiting for Baccus to make three fouls to hand out a yellow card that he had clearly decided was required from the opening kick off, and finally got the chance to hand out deep into first half stoppage time.

    With 15 minutes per foul now apparently the FFA's instruction for "persistent fouling", we should see teams reduced down to 8 or 9 men repeatedly in the second half of future games. Assuming of course that Ams wasn't just making it up as he went along and that the referees would now consistently enforce that 3 fouls = yellow card mandate. None of the fouls were vicious or even stopped a counter-attack, it appeared that Ams came out onto the pitch with a determined desire to hand out a yellow card to the Wanderers midfielder.

    Majok scored his first ever A-League goal to give the Wanderers a 3-1 buffer, once again it was Yeboah setting up the play, he latched onto a ball behind the Perth defence, broke down the right side and found Majok with a neat cutback. With a first time finish required Majok blasted around Reddy.

    That was the high point of the game for the away side, as Perth took advantage of the Wanderers frail left side defence to begin their comeback. Castro was left practically unmarked on the right wing, he launched a cross that Grant attacked with a powerful header, Suman managed to turn the ball onto the bar, but the Wanderers defence had completely gone to sleep, allowing a short range diving header from Franjic that Suman couldn't keep out and the Wanderers lead was cut to 3-2. 

    The comeback was complete when Castro took advantage of Tarek Elrich's non-defense to feed the ball in behind the line to Franjic, the wingback crossing the face of goal to give Keogh a tap-in for a 3-3 scoreline.

    Perth took the lead when Hamill gave away a soft, but technically correct foul in the penalty area. With Keogh playing back to goal, Hamill decided that he needed to wrap his arms around the striker, and when Keogh fell over, Kurt Ams couldn't blow the whistle any faster to send Juande to the penalty spot. Suman went the wrong way and Perth had a 4-3 lead. They ran out stoppage time easily to take the 3 points and keep their lead at the top of the table at 6 points.

    The Wanderers failed to take the chance to draw level with Newcastle Jets, and now face Adelaide United at 7:50pm, Friday night at Homebush Olympic Stadium.

    Edited by mack

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    i dont like to blame refs and i am not fully blaming them but wow the refs were garbage and they got 2 goals they shouldnt have gotten, ah well at least us losing helps perth instead of helping the smurfs or victory

    apart from those last 20 ish minutes we did pretty well

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    2 minutes ago, wswnick said:

    Lost 1-2 to Victory, 2-3 to Wellington and now 3-4 to Perth. So... 4-5 loss against Adelaide?

    Looks like we will have more changes for Friday.

    I expect Vedran, Ziggy to return. 

    Makeshift DM combination required with Baccus suspended and O'Doherty with concussion.

     

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    Well I think the 1st Perf goal should have been either ruled offside or foul against the GK but some how Ams and VAR allow it, I could say that was the turning point of the game.

    However, that 10 minutes of madness... we score, then Perf score immediately then they have the momentum going their way, then they equalise and the get a penalty!

    I have no arguments about that penalty... Hamill had his arms all over Keogh, it was soft because Keogh fell down quicker then flight of the concord but still, its technically a penalty.

    But in saying that, Kurt Ams is probably the worse ref in the A-League

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    27 minutes ago, matty said:

    Kurt Ams is an accountant

    When he first appeared in the HAL, I was really hoping that he'd succeed and become a good referee because he used to play in my team about a good 15 years ago.

    Unfortunately, he is much the same as the others and makes too many big mistakes.  He really ****ed us with this penalty decision.

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    36 minutes ago, Paul01 said:

    Looks like we will have more changes for Friday.

    I expect Vedran, Ziggy to return. 

    Makeshift DM combination required with Baccus suspended and O'Doherty with concussion.

     

    Not too sure about Vedran returning. Babbel was really pleased with Suman in his presser and said he thought he made some great saves and his defenders didn't back him up. The two brain fades by Vedran in recent games makes me think he may struggle to get back. Just speculation on my part and he may play Vedran but he ( Vedran ) is not having a good season.His injury hasn't helped tbh . We'll see I guess.

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    1 minute ago, sonar said:

    I'm glad he called the standard of refereeing out.

    Yup. Like how he said he can’t say too much because he will get fined or banned but watch it happen anyway...

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    30 minutes ago, sonar said:

    I'm glad he called the standard of refereeing out.

    Get ready for the FFA censure with the full speed of a Kris Griffiths-Jones overturn of a legitimate WSW goal

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    Babbel is under the misconception that the refs are making mistakes. That is not correct. These refs are deliberately ensuring results as directed by the ffa. Just following orders.

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    Probably a stretch to suggest that the refereeing cost us a win but I think we were definitely robbed of a draw. I thought it was poor in general too not just towards us. 

    The distribution of yellow cards was all over the shop, no consistency in what was and wasn’t. Prime example was Mourdoukoutas making a challenge on a Perth player, getting the ball but probably just knocking him in the process. Standard foul but then gets a yellow for some reason. 5 mins later, Elrich makes a break and has him arm pulled back by Franjic in what was a professional foul and didn’t get a thing.

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    7 minutes ago, hughsey said:

    Prime example was Mourdoukoutas making a challenge on a Perth player, getting the ball but probably just knocking him in the process. Standard foul but then gets a yellow for some reason. 5 mins later, Elrich makes a break and has him arm pulled back by Franjic in what was a professional foul and didn’t get a thing.

    I am not surprised at all. This sort of thing has been happening all season.

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    7 hours ago, Paul01 said:

    Looks like we will have more changes for Friday.

    I expect Vedran, Ziggy to return. 

    Makeshift DM combination required with Baccus suspended and O'Doherty with concussion.

     

    Vedran could go **** himself suman had the best performance I think a keeper can have whilst coping 4 goals

    Not one of those goals is his fault 

    babbel has to start him or you send the wrong message 

     

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    Before the game, most of us expected a 4 nil loss (if not more). The team was made up of kids and we were playing away against the league leaders. You cannot blame the effort but the difference showed once Castro came on. We deserved at least a point from the game but Kurt Ams made sure that they get the 3 points

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    7 hours ago, Paul01 said:

    Looks like we will have more changes for Friday.

    I expect Vedran, Ziggy to return. 

    Makeshift DM combination required with Baccus suspended and O'Doherty with concussion.

     

    Vedran could go **** himself suman had the best performance I think a keeper can have whilst coping 4 goals

    Not one of those goals is his fault 

    babbel has to start him or you send the wrong message 

    Also like I said last week it doesn’t matter how many we score the other team gets one more 

    was a great game just heartbreaking to get nothing from it 

     

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    I think for that entire second half we didn't really contain Castro he instrumental in undoing our defence. I also think with Ziegler we may have held out for the win, but still at 3-1 the boys needed to do a Wellington and slow Perth's game down and we failed at doing that after going 3-1 up. Still in shock I really thought we had it at 3-1.

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    3 minutes ago, Sithslayer1991 said:

    I think for that entire second half we didn't really contain Castro he instrumental in undoing our defence. I also think with Ziegler we may have held out for the win, but still at 3-1 the boys needed to do a Wellington and slow Perth's game down and we failed at doing that after going 3-1 up. Still in shock I really thought we had it at 3-1.

    Must admit I had similar thoughts. When Majok's goal went in I thought we'd done enough. In the end we just couldn't deal with Castro (and Ams !!)

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    Dissappointing but a lot better.
    Have we reached a turning point?
    Are the team finally dancing to the new beat of the Babbel drum?

    Yeboah, off to good start. Interesting how he squared lovely passes for goals 2 & 3 I think Riera (all about me) would have gone solo and fluffed both of them.
    Fitzgerald's corners. Best since Ono. Every corner is now a goal chance.

    It'll be interesting to see how we go from here on in.
    Two games against Brisbane, Mariners, Jets and City.
    And then we stuff up Easts Finals run in the penultimate game at SOP.

    End of season celebration, away to Mariners.

    But we have to STOP conceding the same goal every game, Perth's 3rd in behind our left full back. [Hamill slow to react, again?]

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    1 minute ago, BohemianDublin said:

     

    But we have to STOP conceding the same goal every game, Perth's 3rd in behind our left full back. [Hamill slow to react, again?]

    I thought the same Perth did it a few times in the game and it was the same move Victory and the Nix pulled for their winning goals

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    Everyone still happy with Babbel? No question that his sub last night left a hole in the midfield that Perth exploited for three of the four goals they scored after that sub? Mahazi, not deemed good enough for inclusion in the squad for the last month is suddenly the guy to close out that game for thirty minutes?

    Babbel rightly asking for more scrutiny of the refereeing. We wouldn;t want the press focusing on him or his results. What a paradise this A-league is, no relegation, no pressure on **** coaches; like in Europe where he has previously been sacked from every club he has coached at.

    Serious question. Do people really think players with options will risk signing with Babbel for next season. Will the new stadium and the possibility of decent crowds overcome what must be serious question marks over this coaching staff? But, I guess, if he was sacked, would that make the club just as unattractive anyway? Its all very depressing.

    Personally I believe the current playing group if coached properly could be in a far better position than they are. Just because Babbel has said they are all **** doesn;t necessarily mean they are. Most have had decent careers prior to this guy taking control of them.

     

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