Wanderers held again at Spotless

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The Western Sydney Wanderers have had to settle for a fourth consecutive stalemate at Spotless Stadium in an entertaining 1-1 draw with Brisbane Roar.

Looking for their first home win of the season the Wanderers got off to a strong start with Mitch Nichols heading on target in the 3rd minute before Jack Clisby skied a shot moments later.

The red and black went even closer in the 11th minute when Scott Neville was played into the box brilliantly by Nicolas Martinez and put a ball across goal which was millimetres away from Kerem Bulut smashing home.

Slow to start the game, Brisbane roared to life on the counter in the 16th minute with only a fine Jerrad Tyson save denying them.

The Western Sydney keeper would go from hero to villain just a minute later though when he collected Jamie Maclaren inside the box. The Roar striker placed the resulting penalty confidently past Tyson to open the scoring on 18 minutes.

The Wanderers looked to respond straight away but couldn’t make the most of a ball into the box in the 21st minute with Martinez failing to connect on the volley and Neville blocked on the follow up.

Though sitting back for much of the half the Roar did enough to keep the Western Sydney attack relatively neutralised and went into the break 1-0 up; Nichols forcing a save out of Theo with the final play of the half.

After the interval it was Brisbane who were first to hit the target with Maclaren forcing a Tyson save in the 49th minute.

Lucky to be one behind, the Wanderers would get a deserved equaliser in the 56th minute when Jumpei Kusukami tapped home after incisive passing from Martinez and Clisby.

Looking for a second, Western Sydney’s Martinez had a delightful curling shot from the top of the box saved magnificently by Theo in the 71st minute.

Minutes later super sub Brendan Santalab was unable to direct an effort from point blank range on target after terrific build up play from the Wanderers.

In the 82nd minute Santalab again found himself at the end of some great passing but could only find side-netting with a tough shot from the back post.

Lacking much of a threat all night, Brisbane’s Dimitri Petratos forced a mighty save out of Tyson from a free-kick in the 83rd minute before the Roar spurned a chance in injury time with Thomas Oar shooting wide from inside the box.

A top quality contest ended in a draw as an attacking Wanderers outfit were held to their fourth consecutive draw at Spotless against a defence-minded Roar side.

Western Sydney Wanderers 1 (Jumpei 56’)

Brisbane Roar 1 (Maclaren 18’)

Spotless Stadium (11,201)

Referee: Adam Fielding

Assistant Referees: Owen Goldrick and Greg Taylor

Fourth Official: Shaun Evans

Western Sydney Wanderers: 1.TYSON Jerrad, 3. CLISBY Jack, 6. NICHOLS Mitch (7. LUSTICA Steven 89’), 8. DIMAS (Yellow Card 61’), 9. BULUT Kerem (Yellow Card 43’, 11. SANTALAB Brendan 70’), 10, MARTINEZ Nicolas, 12.

NEVILLE Scott, 13. PINATARES Bruno (15. BACCUS Kearyn 55’), 14. KUSUKAMI Jumpei, 17. ARITZ Borda (Yellow Card 82’), 22. ASPROPOTAMITIS Jonathan.

Substitutes: 5. HAMILL Brendan, 7. LUSTICA Steven, 11. SANTALAB Brendan, 15. BACCUS Kearyn, 20. REDMAYNE Andrew.

Brisbane Roar: 1.THEO Michael, 3. DE VERE Luke, 5. BROWN Corey, 8. PEPPER Jacob (Yellow card 32’), 9. MACLAREN Jamie, 10. HOLMAN Brett (23. PETRATOS Dimitri 74’) , 13. NORTH Jade, 15. ARANA Manuel (11. OAR Thomas 63’), 17. MCKAY Matthew, 19. HINGERT Jack, 22. BROICH Thomas.

Substitutes: 4. BOWLES Daniel, 11. OAR Thomas, 16. KONSTANDOPOLOUS Nathan, 21. YOUNG Jamie, 23. PETRATOS Dimitri.

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