Western Sydney Wanderers vs Wellington Phoenix: A-League live scores, blog

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    Western Sydney vs Wellington

    A-League Round 23

    Sydney Showground Stadium
    Western Sydney Wellington
    3 SCORE 1

    Match result:

    The Wanderers have built on their Champions League triumph in midweek with an impressive home victory against the Wellington Phoenix.

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    Final score
    Western Sydney Wanderers 3
    Wellington Phoenix 1

    Match preview:

    It’s a six pointer for sixth place at Spotless Stadium as the Western Sydney Wanderers will look to convert their Asian Champions League form to their A-League campaign as they welcome the Wellington Phoenix on Sunday night. Join The Roar for live updates from 7pm AEDT.

    It’s been a long time since we’ve had A-League action, but the Wanderers have managed seven points out of a possible 12 in their past four home matches. Their last result coming from a bore 0-0 draw at home against Adelaide United.

    Wellington let slip a two-goal lead at home last time out to fall short of three points in a thrilling 3-3 draw with Perth Glory. The Nix haven’t had the best of times in Sydney this season going down 3-1 to Sydney FC earlier this year.

    Brendan Santalab returns to the squad from his injury which is an important pickup for Tony Popovic with his goal scoring woes in the A-League continuing. However, with Lachie Scott’s important goal on the big stage in the Champions League in midweek, it may be time to hand the reigns over to the 19-year old with another start in the A-League.

    Nico Martinez is also in line to start again having been rested in Korea against FC Seoul.

    Wellington have a full strength squad after a fortnight’s break but are weighed down by the departure of favoured right full-back Jacob Tratt who has returned to Sydney for personal reasons.

    Tratt has been an important player for Wellington down the right but his likely replacement in Matthew Ridenton or Adam Parkhouse are capable of filling his shoes.

    Santalab’s inclusion into the squad is vital as he holds a healthy goals record against Wellington scoring in both matches away this season. His inclusion from the bench along with the work down the right-wing against Adam Parkhouse will provide the Wanderers with plenty of chances against a shaky Wellington defence.

    Wellington’s main threat comes through marquee man Kosta Barbarouses who scored a pearler in their 3-3 draw against Perth Glory. Barbarouses has scored the majority of his away goals in his career in Sydney are looks set to cause problems for Jack Clisby on Sunday.

    Prediction
    Against the contrary, I think the Wanderers will carry some good form with them into this match and take home a win. I’ll go for the Wanderers to win and over 1.5 goals in the match.

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    • 11:26pm
      Bored said | 11:26pm | ! Report

      Similar gates to what the GWS Giants get. Maybe the Giants are doing better than some thought.

      • 6:33am
        punter said | 6:33am | ! Report

        GWS plays in the biggest AFL league in the world. Every other week gets to see all the best AFL players in the world.
        Imagine if WSW gets the best players in the world visiting them every other week, ANZ wouldn’t be big enough.

        Note the difference.

        • 12:11pm
          Rasty said | 12:11pm | ! Report

          Yep. Soccer has rubbish players in Australia.Got it.

    • 9:08pm
      Swanny said | 9:08pm | ! Report

      Please just call the season over and start the finals now .
      The 6 is settled and the usual chaff bandits like jets mariners and pheinix get some time at the beach before the end of summer .

    • Roar Guru

      9:01pm
      Nicholas Rupolo said | 9:01pm | ! Report

      FULL-TIME SCORE

      WANDERERS 3-1WELLINGTON

      The Wanderers have built on their Champions League triumph in midweek with an impressive home victory against the Wellington Phoenix. We didn’t have to wait long before our first goal came through the right boot of Nico Martinez. Scott Neville’s work down the right allowed him to lay it off to Martinez who finished calmly into the bottom right. The lead was doubled by Brendan Santalab who received a pass across the edge of the box by Martinez, skipping past Doyle before slamming home a fantastic finish with his left foot in the side netting. It was all done and dusted moments after the beginning of the second half where Martinez once again linked up with Santalab for his second with a header from point blank range to give the Wanderers a three goal lead and make the striker the Wanderers all time leading goal scorer, overtaking Mark Bridge. It was too little too late for Wellington with Gui Finkler slotting in a free-kick with 15 minutes to go but the Nix huffed and puffed but couldn’t blow down a sturdy Wanderers house. The Wanderers are in the drivers seat for the finals spot going five points clear of Wellington in sixth place.

    • Roar Guru

      8:54pm
      Nicholas Rupolo said | 8:54pm | ! Report

      WANDERERS SUB

      OFF:TERRY ANTONIS
      ON: BRUNO PINATARES

    • Roar Guru

      8:52pm
      Nicholas Rupolo said | 8:52pm | ! Report

      Straight into the wall! lifeline is lost

    • Roar Guru

      8:51pm
      Nicholas Rupolo said | 8:51pm | ! Report

      FREE KICK ON THE EDGE OF THE D! STEP UP GUI

    • Roar Guru

      8:43pm
      Nicholas Rupolo said | 8:43pm | ! Report

      WANDERERS SUBTITUTION

      OFF: MITCH NICHOLS
      ON: JAUSHUA SOTIRIO

    • Roar Guru

      8:42pm
      Nicholas Rupolo said | 8:42pm | ! Report

      FINKLER SCORES

      A nice free-kick finds the corner from the near post! He’s one of the best!

      3-1

    • Roar Guru

      8:39pm
      Nicholas Rupolo said | 8:39pm | ! Report

      Smeltz brings it down well but Finkler’s follow up shot is so void of enthusiasm that Wellington want to sign it up!

    • Roar Guru

      8:35pm
      Nicholas Rupolo said | 8:35pm | ! Report

      Besides that 6-1 vs Victory, this has to be one of the worst performances by this Wellington team this season!

    • Roar Guru

      8:33pm
      Nicholas Rupolo said | 8:33pm | ! Report

      Glenn Moss just receiving some treatment at the moment!

      While this is happening let’s all take a moment to laugh at Ross Aloisi!

    • Roar Guru

      8:28pm
      Nicholas Rupolo said | 8:28pm | ! Report

      WESTERN SYDNEY SUB

      OFF: BRENDAN SANTALAB
      ON: LACHLAN SCOTT

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