Red & Black Football

So close yet so far, again.

Another 3 points were put to the sword at a near empty ANZ as the Phoenix beat Wanderers in an entertaining game.

We looked likely to take an early lead however the VAR popped up to cancel a penalty, there looked to be contact between Kamau and the defender and that the original decision didn’t stand is ridiculous, I couldn’t imagine some other A-League clubs having that one overturned.

A few minutes before we had lost our star player Alex Baumjohann with a hamstring tear. This will likely sideline him for 4-6 weeks depending on the severity of the injury, this is terrible news for Wanderers.

Wanderers defence resembled a group of statues as Tarek Elrich was left for dead with the Kiwis taking the lead, there were 4 WSW defenders and the keeper so close together you could throw a handkerchief over them yet the Phoenix wiggled through after a neat pass and we were left to chase the game again.

Brendan Hammil scored from a corner just before the break and we went into the sheds with a great chance of taking something out of the game. Oriol Riera went off when we scored without showing earlier signs of an injury, it will be interesting to see how long he will be missing.

The game looked set to finish 1-1 before a flurry of goals in the final 10 minutes, our goalkeeper Vedran Janjetovic made mistakes that lead to both goals and his confidence looks shot to pieces since the derby send off that appears to be haunting him.

In between their goals we picked up another equaliser and threatened to snatch a win but yet again it wasn’t to be our night.

Fans online are extremely frustarated, this however is nothing compared to those who were blocked from accessing the undercover areas of the cavernous ground when the heavens opened.

That we have to play in such a spacious ground against a team that rarely brings many domestic fans let alone traveling support is ridiculous, that supporters can’t use empty undercover seating when it rains is beyond a joke.

The reasons Penrith or Campbelltown were not chosen as our home ground during our absence from Wanderland have been reported to do with the lack of facilities, what use is world class facilities if people are not allowed to use them?

It is a very sad thing to say, but the feeling among fans with relation to the points table will have more to do with avoiding the spoon than scraping into the finals, we are a mile off the standard needed.


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