Wanderers derby drought continues

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With over 60,000 football fans watching on, the Western Sydney Wanderers were clinically dismantled by Sydney FC overnight losing 4-0.

For the eighth consecutive Sydney Derby the Wanderers have failed to claim a win against the Sky Blues, a side who are time and again showing their superior experience over their rivals when it counts.

‘They played the big moment better,’ Popovic said post-game. ‘We got punished for everything.’

It’s a familiar story for the Wanderers against their older Sydney brother with goals to Filip Holosko, Bobo, Brandon O’Neill and Alex Brosque, not to mention a late red card to defender Aritz Borda, condemning the Wanderers to a demoralising defeat.

Unable to take their chances in front of goal, the Wanderers are seemingly choking under the pressure with their rivals more than happy to take advantage.

‘When we had our chances, we didn’t take them. They took theirs. The first two goals were very soft on our behalf,’ said Popovic.

It’s now been six losses and two draws since Western Sydney last felt the joy of a derby win. That was way back in January 11, 2014 and it’s a feeling they won’t get the opportunity to feel again for a total of at least three years and three days when the next derby is played on January 14, 2017.

With ANZ a flood of red and black, Wanderers supporters definitely outnumbering those of Sydney FC and last night was the perfect stage to break what continues to be a derby drought for the side.

But with five new faces in the starting squad, breaking the drought was always going to be a tough ask.

‘We’ve got a lot of new players and they’re still finding their feet,’ admitted Popovic.

Though there are some signs of encouragement, particularly Japanese import Jumpei, it’s yet another tough derby defeat for the Wanderers.

‘It’s a derby, it doesn’t matter how you dress it up and (our fans) go home unhappy,’ said Popovic.

While fans might not be happy with yet another derby defeat, Popovic is adamant his players won’t let the loss derail their season so quickly.

‘They won’t get freaked out by it,’ he said. ‘I’d be worried if they’re not disappointed, I’m disappointed, but it won’t be an issue.’

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Joshua Thomas
Joshua Thomas
A football fanatic and journalism student who won't leave you wondering about any Wanderers news this season as I cover all things Red and Black for The Football Sack.

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