Jerrad Tyson is just what Wanderers need

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As the RBB chanted his name on Friday night, a dream home start for Western Sydney Wanderers fan-favourite Jerrad Tyson was completed.

Not even an unstoppable Tim Cahill goal could take away from the goalkeeper’s long awaited start for a club he has such strong connection with.

“I was definitely nervous going into the game but that was because playing for this club means a lot for me and the opportunity to play in front of a home crowd was something I’d been looking forward to for a long time and tonight I got my opportunity,” Tyson said post-match.

Seemingly destined for another season on the sidelines, Tyson was eventually given his chance in the starting squad after a string of Andrew Redmayne performances left fans unsatisfied with the custodian’s efforts between the sticks.

Taking his home debut literally with both hands, Wanderers gaffer Tony Popovic himself said post-game that Tyson was solid in goals. He may have been helpless to stop Cahill’s fortunate strike but he kept with confidence, coming out when he needed to and seemingly instilled some belief in a much more spirited back four.

As an all-round top bloke who has already shown his ability to rouse crowd support, Tyson is exactly what the Wanderers need at the moment as the club go through their usual slow start to a season.

Whereas Redmayne incited fear and frustration in fans, Tyson gives the red and black faithful hope and a person to rally around; something that Tyson himself couldn’t help but notice on Friday night.

“The fact they were there for me tonight behind every punch, every kick, every catch was incredible and certainly helped me shake those nerves and get on with the job,” Tyson said.

While we may not have seen much of Tyson between the sticks, he has warmed benches for far too long and deserves his chance to prove just what he can do with the gloves on.

Considering how long he stuck with Redmayne, one would think Popovic is set to give Tyson an extended run in goals and this is exactly what the club needs and something the man himself truly does deserve.

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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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