A-League live scores, blog: Brisbane Roar vs Western Sydney Wanderers

Round 14, 2018
Friday January 5th, 7:50pm AEDT
Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane

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    The Brisbane Roar return home after an away win in South Australia, to host fellow last-start winners Western Sydney Wanderers who got a much needed win for their embattled club. Join The Roar for live scores and coverage from 7:50pm (AEDT).

    In a 10-team competition, every round and result matters.

    Take Brisbane for instance, going into Round 13. 3 points off the bottom, away to top 4 (top 2?) aspirant Adelaide, Brisbane were looking down the barrel of the bottom of the ladder if they lost, as had been expected.

    Yet here we are in Round 14, a big win later, and they are a mere back-to-back win away from the top 6 instead.

    And the same also applies to Western Sydney. Time will tell what impact that 5-nil drubbing at the hands of Sydney FC will have on their psyche, but undoubtedly a follow up 4-nil pounding in Newcastle would not have helped, notwithstanding a softer 2-nil win over the Mariners in between.

    A club in crisis – a new coach, player unrest, dwindling crowds – going into round 13, there is absolutely nothing like a W to solve football’s problems. So, a victory against top-2 challenger Melbourne suddenly sees the Wanderers themselves charging for the six.

    Which brings us to round 14. Is this a battle of the bottom, or a tussle for finals? And what do we make of history between these two teams? Remember, Brisbane, historically, have only ever lost to the Wanderers 3 times (out of 16) for 9 wins and 4 draws.

    The key in this match lies almost entirely up front. There will be a lot of pressure on Massimo Maccarone and Oriol Riera, the marksmen for both teams tonight. Massimo has been profligate in front of goals, while Riera has drawn his fair share of criticism. If one of these two men can take the bull by the horns and make their chances count, they could prove to be the ultimate difference.

    The intrigue in the coaches boxes will be delicious. John Aloisi has been under pressure from day one this season, but has surprisingly handled himself well, and will want to build on last week’s win with a strong showing at home, to regather some faith from the faithful.

    And Josep Gombau? One win will not a summer make, and he will be determined to re-establish authority (as shown with the departure of Jumpei) by watching his team put in a commanding performance away from home for a change.

    Prediction
    Brisbane should get the job done here, but again in a league this tight, that could very well count for nothing.

    They were good in Adelaide, they will want to be good (for a change) at home. Also, the Wanderers, for all that last week proved, still look a bit unstable to me.

    I just can’t see them backing up from Monday night football, such a short turnaround, and turning it on in the hotter clime of Queensland.

    Brisbane 2-0.

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    Final Scores

    Brisbane Roar FC

    0

    Match Complete

    Western Sydney Wanderers FC

    2

    M. Maccarone85'
    J. Pepper85'
    L. D. Vere78'
    50'R. L. Raposo
    45'M. Bridge
    M. Oxborrow32'
    29'O. Riera
    21'C. Herd

    15
    Shots
    15
    5
    On Target
    8
    17
    Fouls
    27
    10
    Corners
    3
    6
    Offsides
    1
    0
    Red Cards
    0
    4
    Yellow Cards
    2

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    • 6:16am
      Buddy said | 6:16am | ! Report

      Well, several hundred of us that made the trip up had an enjoyable night and were somewhat surprised at how inept Brisbane were in front of goal although Janjetovic seemed to have all the answers anyway. In the pubs and bars after the game, the home fans were surprisingly upbeat and not overly concerned about the result yet I would have thought they were expecting all three points or at least one, but certainly not to go down like that and there was no real late game rally or siege of the Wanderers goal.

      • Roar Guru

        12:38pm
        Karlo Tychsen said | 12:38pm | ! Report

        Great insight Buddy. Thanks for the post. Interesting to know the coal-face sentiment.

    • 10:54pm
      Neil said | 10:54pm | ! Report

      I know Brisbane have a lot of top players missing out through injury, have a lot crucial decisions not go their way more than most teams, however what was delivered on the park is not good enough. The rot was there in the preseason FFA cup match and they have got no better. It was sad to see a lot of supporters leave at half time. A discussion should be started on whether Roar are the right outfit to represent Brisbane or should the Football department be gutted and start again.
      I will leave tonight’s shocking refereeing to another day.

    • Roar Guru

      9:54pm
      Karlo Tychsen said | 9:54pm | ! Report

      Full Time
      Football has once again proven that statistics are nothing compared to the only stat that matters: the result.

      A wasteful Brisbane Roar have suffered a loss at the hands of a disciplined and composed Western Sydney Wanderers, who showed glimpses of the type of football that coach Josep Gombau will hope can become a consistent aspect of his team.

      The first half belonged to the home side, in everything but the scoreboard. With a roving Maccarone, and a revitalized Khalfallah, the Roar looked to get some scoreboard pressure, as corner after corner came their way.

      But the Wanderers managed to repel.

      A contentious moment arose when Gameiro found himself one-on-one with the keeper, only to look to his right and see the linesman’s flag raised. As if to show that all is not about justice in this game, a Wanderers attack saw Santalab have a diving header saved by Young, only for Riera to follow through from six yards and bury the ball. The home side were surprisingly 1-nil down.

      Again, the Roar held the ball, and tried to attack, but could only get a single shot on target, as Gameiro had his one-on-one chance saved by Janjetavic. As the half went on, you felt that the longer they failed, the more likely they would suffer.

      It proved to be the case, some exquisite interplay on the right allowing the Wanderers to hold the ball and they waited for the right moment to pounce. The ball found its way to Bridge, who shot true past Young at his near post, and as the half went into stoppage time, the score was 2-nil.

      Roar seemed stunned.

      And you would have thought they would come out firing in the second half, but as the match wore on, the Wanderers simply looked more composed.

      The second half lit up around the hour mark, as both teams exchanged chances with the likes of Riera, Santalab, Gameiro and Maccarone all playing their parts.

      However, unfortunately for the Roar, the score did not change, and the loss of players to injury certainly did not help.

      Roar simply had no answers from that point on. A controversial moment for the second half arose when Maccarone elbowed Santalab, to draw even more blood, following on from O’Toole’s untimely departure, and with no eye on the ball, Maccarone was lucky that the referee missed it. The VAR, surprisingly, decided not to intervene.

      How that incident is dealt with post-match will be interesting for coach Aloisi.

      While Wanderers will look to get their season back on track, Aloisi will argue that the Gameiro offside turned the game. While he may have a point, he will also be mindful that the officials kept Maccarone on the ground, so he will have little to complain about on the whole, and will do well to look internally, at a side that could hold the ball, but did little of meaning with it.

      Brisbane Roar: 0
      Western Sydney Wanderers: 2

    • Columnist

      9:49pm
      Stuart Thomas said | 9:49pm | ! Report

      I’m rich!

    • Roar Guru

      9:49pm
      Karlo Tychsen said | 9:49pm | ! Report

      96‘ – Gameiro with the last chance of the game, first times it straight at Janjetavic. Solid shot, comfortable save.

      And the ref blows full-time, to the boos of the crowd.

      Brisbane Roar: 0
      Western Sydney Wanderers: 2

    • Columnist

      9:48pm
      Stuart Thomas said | 9:48pm | ! Report

      Wow, where do Dad’s army stand now? A serious hole for Brisbane.

    • Roar Guru

      9:48pm
      Karlo Tychsen said | 9:48pm | ! Report

      This performance is even the more impressive, given the Wanderers are backing up from Monday against City.

      Extraordinary.

    • Roar Guru

      9:47pm
      Karlo Tychsen said | 9:47pm | ! Report

      93‘ – Another Wanderer down, Clisby, and he receives treatment.

      He walks off, as the clock runs down. This will be a good victory for the WSW, and John Aloisi will be frustrated, to say the least.

      Brisbane Roar: 0
      Western Sydney Wanderers: 2