Western Sydney Wanderers were comprehensively beaten by Perth Glory last night, Saturday 25 February, in Perth.
The scoreline was 2-0 but it flattered the Wanderers, Perth missing a number of clear cut chances. The Wanderers on the other hand offered little in attack. Sluggish and careless in possession and only managing speculating shots from distance; the Wanderers failed to create any real chances.
The match started at a frantic pace. Both teams looked dangerous and it was end to end football. It was a tough arm wrestle and Perth looked poised to gain the advantage at any moment. Only some last ditched defending off the line and blocked shots were stopping them. The Wanderers also looked threatening but were again plagued with the issue of the final ball; both Jumpei and Nichols guilty of wasting their chances to create goal scoring opportunities.
Following the drinks break, due to the heat in Perth, the Wanderers seemed to lose all fight. They were flat and continually gave the ball away cheaply. It seemed like only a matter of time before Perth would put them to the sword and the goal finally came in the 47th minute.
After the half time break, it was more of the same. The Wanderers turning over possession and not doing much with it when they managed to keep it. Their build up play was slow and predictable and they seemed to be looking for a perfect opening that the well structured Perth defence was not going to give them. The absence of Nico Martinez was harshly felt. Castro and Keogh continued to terrorise the Wanderers at the other end and it seemed a matter of ‘by how many’. The finishing blow wasn’t delivered until injury time and the Wanderers fans’painful hope was finally put to bed.
On the plus, Antonis looked both confident and good on the ball for the most part. Also, Stefan Zinni made his debut for the Red and Black. Unfortunately, that’s about all the positives that the Wanderers can take from this game. It was a terrible performance in an important match.
The Wanderers will now have to hope that Newcastle don’t win the F3 derby today and catch up to them in 6th.
For now it’s a performance they’ll hope to forget as they travel from Perth to Shanghai to take on Shanghai SIPG in the ACL on Tuesday night, 10.30pm Sydney time.
Win or lose, COYW!