Red & Black Football

Wanderers finally hit peak form

Wanderers unleashed a barrage of shots upon a hapless Wellington Phoenix side yesterday racking up an A-League record 33 attempts on goal.

It is extremely refreshing to watch the boys take a shot after weeks of criticism for back passing whilst in the attacking third of the field.

Our first shot was within 10 seconds and our first goal came just after 5 minutes as WSW came out all guns blazing.

Despite the spate of shots on the Kiwi’s goal, the score was only 1-0 at halftime with Wellington still very much in the game.

Michael Thwaite finally secured the buffer Wanderers deserved in the 63 minute with a beautiful header from a corner kick.

Inkonimidis then scored a delightful goal with 1 touch football with Wanderers veteran Mark Bridge before a bullet shot.

It is no less than he deserved having toiled all day and having had a goal-bound ball scrambled off the line after beating the keeper earlier in the second half.

Sotirio finished off the rout after a strong build-up and shot by club favourite Brendon Santalab.

The result is timely as Gombau’s men play Newcastle and Sydney FC in the next 2 matches.

The top 2 teams in the A-League will go in as favourites against WSW but after last nights performance will not be counting on an easy game.

Two things must be remembered, Gombau inherited a squad that struggled with his philosophy and he came from last to Champions when at Adelaide United, unfortunately against us.

Josep has made wholesale changes to the playing group and style and it is all looking like gelling at the right time.

Hopefully, there is a big crowd out at Spotless on Friday, over 7000 braved the dark skies on a Sunday night in cavernous ANZ yesterday, an act of scheduling which is hard to fathom.


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