Perth defeat piles more pressure on Babbel, Wanderers

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A fifth consecutive defeat, this time a 2-0 loss at the hands of Perth Glory, has heaped further pressure on the shoulders of Western Sydney Wanderers manager Markus Babbel.

Wanderers had taken 11 points from their first five games in season 2019-20 but a loss to Western United in early November triggered their current run of defeats.

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The second-year boss was also fined $3000 last week for comments pertaining to refeering decisions after their 2-1 loss to Wellington Phoenix.

Babbel was visibly upset with the result in his post-match press conference.

“It was a big disappointment because we had so much ball possession in the last third but we had problems to find the last solution and a couple of times we were dangerous but we couldn’t score.

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“We did many things right, but it’s a big disappointment because you lose it off two set pieces” Babbel said.

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Wanderers’ last trip to Perth saw them knock Glory out of the FFA Cup and their front three of Mitch Duke, Bruce Kamau, and Kwame Yeboah provided some attacking promise in the first half but to no avail.

Alexander Meier was injected at half time but even Babbel’s ‘super sub’ failed to change the outcome despite a period of sustained position and decent chances immediately after the break.

Both of Perth’s goals were scored by central defenders with Alex Grant and Gregory Wuthrich finding the scoresheet. Despite both goals coming from open play, set-piece defending appeared an issue for Wanderers. Both Grant & Wuthrich created a number of chances from corners and swiftly taken freekicks by Diego Castro which troubled a sluggish back four.

“They are strong on set pieces, but we made a couple of mistakes and you lose a game” Babell said.

“With the man marking, we know what’s going on but still we are poor.”

A sustained run of forward half possession for the tourists finished fruitless, in fact Wanderers could have conceded a third time when a Perth counter attack fell apart in the final seconds of the game.

“It’s hard to accept but the boys tried everything, work ethic was good, and they put everything in,

“This is the way, work even a bit harder and with more focus on the set pieces and it would be great if we could go 1-0 in front, that makes the game a bit different” Babbel said.
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Life is unlikely to get easier for the struggling club with a third game against United to come next week followed by another difficult away trip to face Adelaide United.

“The next game is the most important game, it doesn’t matter what happens in January or now, the next game is the most important one,

“We will find ways to play against Western United and then it’s up to us to do the right thing,

“Still the little details hurt us.”

Feature Image Credit: Jaime Castaneda

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