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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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    1 minute 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.

    see that was Dino for us, that guy scored i think 2 goals with us and he was our main striker but he did so much to help us score goals

    #DinoIn

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    Didn't get to watch due to work but listened to the radio commentary and watched highlights afterwards, we must of been dominant if even the biased nux commentators were admitting we deserved the win and had control over the whole game. 

     

    I refuse to bag out Riera after these opening few rounds as he's still the best striker this club has ever had & the pen will get him back into action next week mark my words. Hopefully Mahazi stays on the bench/in reserve now & the youngsters start ahead of in holding midfield from now, he really tried in the first two rounds but he's playing NPL 2 last season for a reason... lucky JP threw him a lifeline

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    We were statistically dominant across every major category. We had more shots on target, off target and blocked shots, we had a lot more passing, much better pass accuracy, more crosses, better tackling & interceptions and less offsides. Hamill, Llorente, and Bonevacia had really good passing accuracy while O'Doherty was practically flawless at 95%. Baccus had an exceptional game defensively making all his tackle attempts, and a bunch of clearances and interceptions.

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    5 hours ago, mack said:

    We were statistically dominant across every major category. We had more shots on target, off target and blocked shots, we had a lot more passing, much better pass accuracy, more crosses, better tackling & interceptions and less offsides. Hamill, Llorente, and Bonevacia had really good passing accuracy while O'Doherty was practically flawless at 95%. Baccus had an exceptional game defensively making all his tackle attempts, and a bunch of clearances and interceptions.

    Standard has been set.

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    11 minutes ago, Paul01 said:

    Maybe the Babbel send off has set the tone for passion in the squad.

    Yes...it felt like a spark was ignited last weekend, and it was visible in that game.

    One that hasn't been evident for a few seasons.

    Last night's game was a joy to watch...and I feel like we have a team to get excited about again.

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    1 minute ago, hughsey said:

    Riera works his ass off in defence. The amount of time that he is the one with the clearing header off a corner is immense. He also does a great job to drop deep and win the ball. He’s a workhorse. I suppose you could counter that though with the fact that he’s meant to be playing high as a striker but still you can’t fault the shifts he puts in. 

    How good is JOD! When he came on last weekend in the derby, I’ll be honest I wasn’t very confident but he makes such a difference and he is the only one who loves to SHOOT FARKKEN!!!

    Great performance and it was pleasing to watch. Wellington will struggle to win a chook raffle though so that’s gotta be the bare minimum performance that we’re putting in every week. 

     

    Apparently the Nix parked the bus against Brisbane which is how they got a draw.

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    33 minutes ago, Paul01 said:

    Apparently the Nix parked the bus against Brisbane which is how they got a draw.

    Makes sense to me - home ground windy cold Wellington - playing away in steamy Brisbane. 

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    38 minutes ago, Paul01 said:

    Apparently the Nix parked the bus against Brisbane which is how they got a draw.

    They tried that early doors, they got back in numbers for each attack and basically said 'try and pass through all of us'. What they didn't account for was some pretty ******* slick passing, we moved them all over the place. Nix wont be good enough to park the bus.

    Edited by Smoggy

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    Sexual football, at times passing was excellent and with purpose. 

    Reira did a a mountain of work, especially at set pieces. Kamau has a great game, his pass in the first goal was quite sexual. 

    Early season, but it’s looking good, sets Mudgee up for a great day out

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    3-0 away from home will take that.  Not sure why there is any negativity to be honest, we are three rounds in we got a draw vs Perth who have since beaten Victory away and destroyed Roar., in the Derby nothing went our way and we still created plenty of chances and last night we destroyed Wellington who were also unbeaten until then in rubbish conditions and totally dominated.  Sure Riera isnt scoring but that makes it even more impressive, he made three important defensive contributions last night and works his socks off, Roly hopefully might of found a bit of form and we have Zieglar to come into the side with Baumjohann who if he remains fit and injury free will be a superstar. Good times ahead.

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    I think that game should hopefully finally put the wtf is Sortiro starting and Bruce is sitting on the sideline discussion away...

     

    Indeed the baseline has been set with this game...with Aussie Pat coming back in, we should hopefully be even stronger at the back...Reira is still the best 9 we've ever had...sure the guy hasn't been his best in the first 2 but its not like he's been blessed with a lot of good service...he'll come good...and JOD keep shoot *****!!

    Edited by Horus

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    17 minutes ago, scarcev said:

    3-0 away from home will take that.  Not sure why there is any negativity to be honest, we are three rounds in we got a draw vs Perth who have since beaten Victory away and destroyed Roar., in the Derby nothing went our way and we still created plenty of chances and last night we destroyed Wellington who were also unbeaten until then in rubbish conditions and totally dominated.  Sure Riera isnt scoring but that makes it even more impressive, he made three important defensive contributions last night and works his socks off, Roly hopefully might of found a bit of form and we have Zieglar to come into the side with Baumjohann who if he remains fit and injury free will be a superstar. Good times ahead.

    Baumjohann is exciting me, people should want to pay their admission fee to see him at the moment, we might just have one of the stars of the comp in him. :) Really hope he turns it on consistently. What he did yesterday on and off the ball was streets ahead of anything we have done the last few years, quality always makes a difference. 

    Need a nickname for Baumjohann, not typing that all the time, too lazy....

    At the other end of the scale...Sotirio.....yeah.......

    Edited by Smoggy

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    another stat to note is we have also played all 3 games away with two of those long distance trips dusted and have 7 of our next 9 at home (well mudgee is one of those), if the players and fans fire up we could be in for a real surprise start to the season.

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    Yep three games in and we have already played 2 (of the predicted top 3 away) 

    Point away at Perth will (and is) proving to be a decent result 

    We were all over the Smurfs second half and could have got something 

    We comfortably won the game we might be “expected” to win and that was away in **** conditions 

    Next two games look big! 

    Will really show where we are at

    feeling positive.

     

    I promise you I’m not obsessed but the above Gombau quote sent me down a google hole 

     “I don’t think that there will be any pressure on me in the later parts of the season because of these results. I have my way of playing football and my own style that I want to bring to <insert team here>. I know that professional football is about winning and we will try to win every single game.

     

     

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    5 hours ago, hughsey said:

    How good is JOD! When he came on last weekend in the derby, I’ll be honest I wasn’t very confident but he makes such a difference and he is the only one who loves to SHOOT FARKKEN!!!

    I've got one of these and will be wearing it for a bit of encouragement for the boys:

    https://www.redbubble.com/people/shootfarken/works/11440895-shoot-*****-black-logo?body_color=red&amp;p=t-shirt&amp;print_location=front&amp;size=medium&amp;style=mens&amp;utm_source=google&amp;utm_medium=cpc&amp;utm_campaign=g.pla+notset&amp;country_code=AU&amp;gclid=EAIaIQobChMIwvLFmNi53gIViwcqCh2uTQKPEAQYAiABEgLNTvD_BwE

     

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