Western Sydney Wanderers coach Josep Gombau has apologised to fans of the club following a 5-0 thrashing in the Sydney derby on Saturday night and will bear the brunt of blame in wake of the loss.

Gombau was left with slim pickings when selecting forwards to start against current first place rivals Sydney FC but his final starting line up left many scratching their heads.

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Oriol Riera, Jaushua Sotirio and Mark Bridge were all ruled out of the clash due to injury so the outcome looked bleak from the onset for the Red and Black.

Gombau elected to start Lachlan Scott in place of derby-proven fan favourite Brendon Santalab despite the teenager having yet to have played a minute of the season. The pressure and physicality of the derby is notoriously unforgiving meaning 20-year-old Scott was left with the onerous task of attempting to puncture an unwavering Sydney FC defensive line.

Gombau said post match that the decision to start Scott in the biggest game on the Sydney calendar was a simple one based on what he had witnessed during the week.

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“A coach will pick the players that he thinks can do the best job for the team,” Gombau explained post match.

“Santalab is a player that can bring a lot but we decided to start Scott.”

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Fellow youngster Keanu Baccus was thrown into his first start of the season and defender Josh Risdon was shifted further up the field to fill the role as right winger. Apart from one clear cut chance in the first half when Alvaro Cejudo forced Andrew Redmayne to tip his shot into the crossbar the Wanderers rarely looked threatening in the final third.

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Sydney FC on the other hand operated like a well oiled machine throughout the contest and were further inspired by a stellar performance from Polish signing Adrian Mierzejewski who skilfully dictated play in the midfield and earned himself two goals in the process.

The loss is the biggest in derby history and Gombau did not look to shift the blame onto anyone else as he took full responsibility for the five nil thrashing.

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“I am honest and I need to say the players are trying to do what the coaches asking that they do,” he said post match.

“I assume all the responsibility of this big loss.

“I want to send my apologies to the fans who come to support the team.”

Gombau was perhaps alluding to the fact that Wanderers fans were streaming out of the stands well before the final whistle as his side were sent tumbling down into ninth place by their rivals.

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