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    Windswept Wellington Blown Away


    mack

    The Western Sydney Wanderers completely dominated a second rate Wellington Phoenix on a cold and rainy afternoon in Wellington tonight.

    As Markus Babbel served a touchline ban, his charges took to the field with a couple of changes from last week's match as Bruce Kamau replaced Jaushua Sotirio on the wing and Tarek Elrich shifted infield to cover Ruon Tongyik's central defensive position, and allowed Raul Llorente his first start after recovering from a foot injury.

    The Wanderers put together some nice passing combinations early in the fixture and they took the lead as a result of one in the 10th minute. Roly Bonevacia penetrated the Wellington defensive line with a skidding through ball into the path of Kamau, the flying winger having made a brilliant inside run, he propped on his right foot to cut back to the middle, and Alexander Baumjohann strode on and blasted the ball past the despairing dive of the Wellington keeper.

    After the break there was little difference to the flow of the game, as the Nix were kept away by resolute Wanderers defence and were scrambling to prevent conceding a second. Unfortunately for the home side their long serving defender Andrew Durante, on his 250th game for the club gave away a stone wall penalty for handball as he blocked a long range effort with his arms, marquee striker Oriol Riera stepped up and calmly slotted his opening goal of the A-League campaign to make it 2-0.

    Bonevacia should have added a goal to his good performance late on, as a mix-up defensively allowed Riera to fire a pass across the face of goal, Bonevacia inches away from tapping it home for a 3rd, but it hardly mattered as the Wanderers completed the demolition job into stoppage time with a sweeping counter-attack, Wellington turned it over deep into the Wanderers half, as they committed numbers forward they were caught out on the break. Bonevacia & Keanu Baccus combined to released Jaushua Sotirio down the right, he found Baccus who tipped the ball into the path of Jordan O'Doherty, the pacey midfielder strode toward the penalty area, took a couple of touches and fired unerringly to put the seal on an excellent performance to make it 3-0.

    The win catapults the Wanderers back into the top 6 pending other results, and leaves the team in good position for their fixture against Brisbane Roar in Mudgee next weekend.

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    JOD is far the superior player Rashid. I love Rashid aggressive nature and he clearly puts his heart and soul in but he’s not on JODs level.

    Watching Bruce provide outlets and running lanes that sotirio simply doesn’t see is great. He gave lots of space to ABJ and actually used the service he was given.

    However, WP are a team full of part timers mascerading as professional footballers. They have an import training with the academy because he’s not got enough to push out one of their subpar starting midfielders and a Spanish CM who was completely gassed by the 55th.

    Lets see this result repeated a few times for declaring a turn around

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    8 minutes ago, Paul01 said:

    Plus it will be a cow paddock at Mudgee.

    Why?

    That stadium has a fantastic pitch.

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    Just need Perf to demoralise Brisbane in an hour and we can pile it on them next weekend.

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    This was one of the best away performances I can recall - and under very difficult conditions with the constant wind and rain.

    There was unrelenting commitment and pressure throughout, but the quality of passing was generally superb, even if the 'Nix did not contribute much in that regard.

    Baumjohann was the fulcrum for much of the good and great that happened, but none of the first 11 had an even mediocre day. Well done lads!

    Did I predict it? No! Just another good reason why, even after many decades of watching Oz football, I never bet a cent on any result!

    However, I bet that if we keep committing and playing like that, we will finish nearer the top rather than the bottom of the table!

     

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    That was a brilliant performance. Passing and ball retention was excellent despite the conditions. 

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    A sigh of relief that we can make chances and convert those chances. But still a few missed, which we need to work on.

    Hoping we can build on this. 

    Roll on Mudgee!

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    I think that’s our first clean sheet under Babbel in a competitive fixture.

    We were creating enough chances that I figured the goals would eventually come, but teams with leaky defenses usually don’t win trophies.

    If we can start keeping clean sheets we’re a chance to do something this season.

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    1 hour ago, Wanderboy said:

    Why?

    That stadium has a fantastic pitch.

    Well...the reason the grass looks so green at Spotless is because of all the shite that has been played on it these last few years....

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    Sound performance in tricky conditions. 

    Baum again showing consistent good form if he keeps it going he will be lead us to the top 6 if we finish his good work. 

    big thumbs up to babbel who made the changes we needed kamau and O’Doherty in mahazi and josh out 

    O’Doherty good first start, now show us you want this and perform at that level consistently he took his goal incredible well for a youngster. 

    Still not convinced with llorente in a back 4 but sounds as though more forced than planned 

    well done to that travelling contingent great Poznan shots on the telecast!

    Babbel on self imposed touchlibe ban? 😉

    Edited by GunnerWanderer

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    Risdon was unlucky with his shot against the post, but looking for a bit more from him overall. He is a better player than he has been the opening 3 rounds.

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    I've never, ever, disliked any player for any team I have supported.

    Until now. Sotirio has to go. I seriously cannot wait to see the back of him quick enough. He has no support from me.

    He's ******* useless, as we all know, but geez, how many chances can someone so bad get?

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    Nice to see the Gombau legacy tonight. Kamau brilliant, O Doherty scoring, Tarek a rock in defence.

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    34 minutes ago, Wanderboy said:

    I've never, ever, disliked any player for any team I have supported.

    Until now. Sotirio has to go. I seriously cannot wait to see the back of him quick enough. He has no support from me.

    He's ******* useless, as we all know, but geez, how many chances can someone so bad get?

    He would be a good fit for CCM I feel....

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    4 minutes ago, mack said:

    Nice to see the Gombau legacy tonight. Kamau brilliant, O Doherty scoring, Tarek a rock in defence.

    How about the Popa legacy Snake, Hamill, Risdon, Raul, Roly, Riera? How about the team having air to run 95 minutes, not just 65?

    Leave it, Mack. Whatever there is left of a Gombau/Popa legacy MB and JP are trying to purge. Should we have success this season, the last person that can take any credit will be Gombau. 

    Other than that: convincing, committed, competent, clever, commanding, clinical - best away performance that I've witnessed either live in the stadium, or on TV. Hoping for a repeat performance in Mudgee. 

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    Just now, Smoggy said:

    He would be a good fit for CCM I feel....

    It appears that Sotirio best position may be LRO or ROP...

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

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    4 minutes ago, FCB said:

    How about the Popa legacy Snake, Hamill, Risdon, Raul, Roly, Riera? How about the team having air to run 95 minutes, not just 65?

    Leave it, Mack. Whatever there is left of a Gombau/Popa legacy MB and JP are trying to purge. Should we have success this season, the last person that can take any credit will be Gombau. 

    Other than that: convincing, committed, competent, clever, commanding, clinical - best away performance that I've witnessed either live in the stadium, or on TV. Hoping for a repeat performance in Mudgee. 

    do you really want to mention Riera? the only time he can ever score a goal is if its a pen

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    Good solid performance but the nix were poor but will help with confidence and baumj is nice just need to sort out dm's and help him out against defense fouling him in transition. 

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    32 minutes ago, mack said:

    Nice to see the Gombau legacy tonight. Kamau brilliant, O Doherty scoring, Tarek a rock in defence.

    It's funny, we did play some good football last season at times...pity the season didn't pan out.

     

     

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    18 minutes ago, Swarth said:

    do you really want to mention Riera? the only time he can ever score a goal is if its a pen

    I’m interested in the Reira hate which seems to be slowly building 

    i saw a guy at there who was challenging goal bound strikes in front of snake and putting a ball on a platter for Roly.

    His goal scoring will come he hit a bunch last season it’s not like he is unproven 

    The guy is an asset - have people forgotten about the days of Pio and that coke head maccas wanker 

     

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    6 minutes ago, GunnerWanderer said:

    I’m interested in the Reira hate which seems to be slowly building 

    i saw a guy at there who was challenging goal bound strikes in front of snake and putting a ball on a platter for Roly.

    His goal scoring will come he hit a bunch last season it’s not like he is unproven 

    The guy is an asset - have people forgotten about the days of Pio and that coke head maccas wanker 

     

    he is still a great player but he really has done **** all this season worthy of praise in terms of actually scoring goals, imo roly has missed a lot less shots than reira and been the better goal scorer

    later on it might change in the season and yes he does stuff outside of scoring goals but right now he isnt doing his job, still last season he was pretty much our only consistent goal scorer but if i am praising popa signings i am not going to mention him right this second

    the rest i can agree with especially snake

    on other players i think Bruce did very well today from what i saw and so did O Doherty , i thought bruce could be like roly was last season but so far so good

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    Riera is getting in the right positions and creating chances, the goals will come, he scored today didn't he lol? A penna yes...but doesn't matter, his job to put those away and he did.

    Especially with Baumjohann pulling the strings, that guy has quality and vision.

    Edited by Smoggy

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    6 minutes ago, Swarth said:

    he is still a great player but he really has done **** all this season worthy of praise in terms of actually scoring goals, imo roly has missed a lot less shots than reira and been the better goal scorer

    later on it might change in the season and yes he does stuff outside of scoring goals but right now he isnt doing his job, still last season he was pretty much our only consistent goal scorer but if i am praising popa signings i am not going to mention him right this second

    the rest i can agree with especially snake

    Riera actually plays a more striker/midfield role under Babbel. He is quite prepared to set others up or be a decoy attracting defenders so others are free. As a marquee man his main goal would be to score but if he can offer assists or distractions so others can score it's basically the same thing....the team scores. He did some great things in defence as well. I'm not on the #RieraOut wagon at all. Best striker we've had.

    Edited by sonar

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    4 minutes ago, sonar said:

    Riera actually plays a more striker/midfield role under Babbel. He is quite prepared to set others up or be a decoy attracting defenders so others are free. As a marquee man his main goal would be to score but if he can offer assists or distractions so others can score it's basically the same thing....the team scores. He did some great things in defence as well. I'm not on the #RieraOut wagon at all. Best striker we've had.

    i am not in the Riera out wagon either i was just putting out he specifically isnt really worthy of praise, i think roly has looked alright for us this season, 100 times better than he looked last season and i know some here think i am a gombau fanboy i just dont think he got a fair chance but i do think roly is a lot better under Babbel than gombau

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    Riera looked really relieved after scoring that pen it seemed like he needed it.. He's turned a corner. Header in the Mudge coming up. 

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    6 minutes ago, Swarth said:

    i am not in the Riera out wagon either i was just putting out he specifically isnt really worthy of praise, i think roly has looked alright for us this season, 100 times better than he looked last season and i know some here think i am a gombau fanboy i just dont think he got a fair chance but i do think roly is a lot better under Babbel than gombau

    Roly had his best game for us ever tonight. On Riera sometimes in a game of football players do stuff on the field that doesn't get noticed.but helps the team. I only have one criticism of Riera and that is lack of speed at times. His positional play is great though and I would never doubt his commitment.

    Edited by sonar

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    2 minutes ago, sonar said:

    Roly had his best game for us ever tonight. On Riera sometimes in a game of football players do stuff on the field that doesn't get noticed.but helps the team. I only have one criticism of Riera and that is lack of speed at times. His positional play is great though.

    Linking up with Baumjohann is bringing the best out of Roly.

    Did I say I like Baumjohann,....well I do....much....

    Edited by Smoggy

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