After a tightly contested first half against Wellington Phoenix on Saturday night Western Sydney Wanderers made some clever tweaks to their approach which allowed them to run away with the win.

The Wanderers opened with plenty of promise, however it took far longer than many expected for the outfit to finally crack through their cellar dwelling opponents.

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Brendon Santalab’s opening goal eventually came in the 40th minute and revealed a chink in the armour of the surprisingly unwavering Wellington defence that featured at Spotless Stadium on Saturday night.

 “We saw a few things in the first half that we think can damage them,” explained Wanderers coach Josep Gombau post match.

Which is to try to play in the sides, change sides very quick.”

“Also some space that was behind their wing backs, we tried to explore this and I think that worked.”

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Joshua Risdon did just that when he lofted a long ball over the top which provided Mark Bridge with enough distance to charge his way inside Wellington area, before cutting a pass back to Santalab who only had to nudge it over the line for the lead shortly before half time.

Risdon’s ball in behind caught Phoenix right-back Scott Galloway off guard, the defender put up chase, but Bridge beat him with ease as he frantically rushed back to prevent the attack.

Christopher Ikonomidis exposed the defensive flaw in similar fashion when he tucked away the third goal of the half in the 90th minute.

After a neat one two in the midfield with Ikonomidis, Risdon again dinked a ball into the available space just behind the Wellington back line.

This time looking to pierce down the right, Risdon was able to follow through on the pass leaving Phoenix defenders Tom Doyle and Dylan Fox in the dust before squaring the ball to Ikonomidis who finished off the attack with a touch of composure.

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Brendan Hamill extended the score sheet with his brace with both goals stemmed from the corner kick. Gombau stated that this too was an adjustment to the Wanderers game plan, following the outfit’s disappointing performance against Perth Glory a round prior.

“We scored the set pieces, which is something we were working on in the training sessions,” he said.

“I’m satisfied because this game was very important for us; it’s just four games now to go, the win at home will give us confidence.”

The result against Wellington will certainly do a great deal for the morale at Wanderland however the season’s remaining fixtures will likely pose far greater on field challenges.

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Bachelor of Journalism student from the University of Wollongong, covering Western Sydney Wanderers for the 2017/18 season.