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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    • Columnist

      9:46pm
      Stuart Thomas said | 9:46pm | ! Report

      This has been an off-side-a-thon.

    • Roar Guru

      9:46pm
      Karlo Tychsen said | 9:46pm | ! Report

      92‘ – And just as quickly, there are shouts for a handball from the Roar after another cross is blocked.

      Replays show it hit the defender’s back. No problems there.

      Brisbane Roar: 0
      Western Sydney Wanderers: 2

    • Roar Guru

      9:45pm
      Karlo Tychsen said | 9:45pm | ! Report

      90‘ – WHAT A SAVE BY JAMIE YOUNG

      That was a goal, for all money, but Young has pulled out the one-hander from close range, and De Vere has cleaned up the scraps on the goal line.

      Brisbane Roar: 0
      Western Sydney Wanderers: 2

    • Columnist

      9:44pm
      Stuart Thomas said | 9:44pm | ! Report

      Lachlan, it was there for you!

    • Roar Guru

      9:42pm
      Karlo Tychsen said | 9:42pm | ! Report

      87‘ – CHANCE

      Bridge has drilled it from about 12 yards, and a fantastic save by Young, as he grabs the ball the double time.

      that was a sweet strike from Bridge, and a wonderful save from Young.

      That would have ended this, if it is not yet over already.

      Brisbane Roar: 0
      Western Sydney Wanderers: 2

    • Columnist

      9:41pm
      Stuart Thomas said | 9:41pm | ! Report

      C’mon Bridge……..hit it! Hard!