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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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    46 minutes ago, wendybr said:

    Bauza! 

    Too close to that other line snorting chunt

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    False 10? He was playing a false 5 for parts of that game, clearing headers and making last man tackles. And not just from set pieces.

    I was wondering during the game whether that was a tactic brought on by our last minute backline reshuffle, or just Riera trying to do everybody’s job.

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    34 minutes ago, Smoggy said:

    Mack, need a poll to decide on BJ's new nickname.....?

     

     

     

    BJ hmmmmm, bit boring though...

     

    How about "Hunnicutt"?

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    4 minutes ago, Wanderboy said:

    How about "Hunnicutt"?

    Now that is a reference from ancient times...

     

     

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    Plus it's almost as long as the original name - which I haven't learnt how to spell. ;)

    Smoggy wants a short cut.

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    Excellent football last night, but remember Nux are a pub side. Let's see if we can play like this every week. Btw, ABJ would be a good nickname for Alex ;) . 

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    27 minutes ago, WSWgun said:

    Excellent football last night, but remember Nux are a pub side. Let's see if we can play like this every week. Btw, ABJ would be a good nickname for Alex ;) . 

    Let's go all the way, this season, with ABJ.

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    20 minutes ago, FCWanderers said:

    Let's go all the way, this season, with ABJ.

    With reference to the post above yours, I think you'll find that that's not considered "all the way" these days.

     

     

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    31 minutes ago, FCWanderers said:

    Let's go all the way... with ABJ.

    If the M*A*S*H reference was an "ancient"  reference, this one is prehistoric, and most here probably wouldn't know it.  :lol:

    But I do like ABJ as the nickname!

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    ABJ takes too long to say.  Needs to be shorter. Didn't someone suggest Al?

    Edited by Edinburgh

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    Back on to the game.

    It's clear that Alex Baumjohann is class. It's clear, because teams have already realized this and are hacking him down at any opportunity. Some of the fouls last night were disgraceful and so obvious.

    The shite from the East started the trend last week. Wellington continued it last night. The refs need to get on top of this otherwise the League may lose, potentially one of its greatest ever players.

     

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    12 minutes ago, wendybr said:

    No.

     

    Just no.

    No, I'm sure someone did. It's short for Alexander you know.

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    Out of interest, when was the last time a Wanderers 6/8 scored a goal in regular season?

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    4 hours ago, wendybr said:

    If the M*A*S*H reference was an "ancient"  reference, this one is prehistoric, and most here probably wouldn't know it.  :lol:

    Ahhh what a glorious time.

    "All the way with LBJ" Lyndon Johnson.

    Height of the cold war and Australia asking "how high?" whenever uncle sam said jump. 

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    7 hours ago, Smoggy said:

    Mack, need a poll to decide on BJ's new nickname.....?

     

     

     

    BJ hmmmmm, bit boring though...

     

    The A-bomb

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    What a strange feeling to watch a comfortable league win...how long has it been?

    That's the best football we've played in a long, long time. Some of the passing was amazing, especially considering the conditions. To think Babbel has this set of players playing like that by Round 3 is very exciting.

    Kamau's touch is so much better than Sotirio and it makes such a difference. Loving JOD's impact so far. Offers the kind of drive from midfield that Baccus rarely showed. Obviously nothing needs to be said about ABJ and Riera.

    My favourite part was the celebrations. You could see there is genuine camraderie within this squad, and they look pumped to do something special. We might well look back on the VARce from the derby as being a moment that ignited the touch paper on a great season.

     

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    Our 3-0 win against Roar at the end of last season was pretty comfortable. 3-0 by half-time and cruised home.

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    Makes you wonder why JOD couldn't get ahead of Tokich and Grozos in the preseason. To think our midfield is going to be run by kids this season is both scary and exciting.

    Wonder if Kamau was just held back by injury and he's now fit enough again

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    8 hours ago, wswnick said:



    Wonder if Kamau was just held back by injury and he's now fit enough again

    There seems to be made some specualtion by a few around here that Kamau wasn’t in first team as he was a little lazy at training - not sure if it were true if it was I applaud Babbel for taking said stance.

    now he got his chance im sure he will be working his butt off - he’s at his 3rd club now and if he doesn’t kick on from here he’s next deal will be at the nix or mariners. 

    There is something there hopefully the experienced guys can help him fulfil the obvious potential 

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    Kamau hasn't been match fit. With the right 'attitude' he'll be a significant improvement on Sotirio (who can come on late if we are winning and use his pace to good effect (OK scrub the 'good effect' bit of that comment).

    It's pretty obvious already that Marcus will wring the best out of the talent he has at his disposal. BJ adds a bit of stardust at this level and if we had just one more marquee level player it's not out of the realms of possibility that we can challenge and make top 4. 

    Edited by beatsurrender

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