Maclaren double sees City down the Wanderers

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Melbourne City made it two wins on the go by beating Western Sydney Wanderers 2-0 at Bankwest Stadium on Tuesday night.

City had a comfortable grip on the match from start to finish, as a double by Jamie Maclaren saw them take all three points and move level on 12 points with sixth-placed Perth Glory.

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Maclaren put City ahead after just six minutes when he made Keanu Baccus pay for a bad mistake, and then put the game to bed from the penalty spot early in the second half.

The loss was the Wanderers’ second at home in the space of 72 hours, after they were downed 3-2 by Adelaide United on Saturday. They remain with just one win from their past five games.

The Wanderers got off to an energetic start, but Bankwest Stadium was silenced after just six minutes when City took the lead.

A misplaced pass by an under-pressure Baccus landed in the path of Craig Noone, who quickly played the ball through for Maclaren to slot it past Daniel Margush.

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The remainder of the first half saw City pile immense pressure on the Wanderers, who offered very little in attack.

Andrew Nabbout came agonisingly close to doubling City’s lead twice in a matter of minutes, but he was denied on both occasions. First, after turning Mark Natta inside out, he rifled the ball into the far post, and soon after he had a shot cleared off the line by Ziggy Gordon.

The Wanderers had plenty of success moving the ball forward, but the clinical edge was seriously lacking.

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Their frustrations were highlighted late in the first half when Baccus received a yellow card for simulation in the penalty box. The midfielder’s horror night came to an end soon after, as he was hooked at halftime for Jordon Mutch.

City continued to mount pressure early in the second half, and it was not long before their reward came.

The visitors were awarded a penalty in the 53rd minute after VAR called referee Shaun Evans to the monitor for a possible hand ball by James Troisi, which was then confirmed.

Maclaren made no mistake from the penalty spot, blasting the ball into the roof of the net and giving City a 2-0 cushion.

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Chasing the game, Wanderers coach Carl Robinson switched his 3-4-3 for a 4-2-4 with ten minutes remaining to no avail.

Maclaren looked to have wrapped up a hat-trick in stoppage time but was deemed offside.

It mattered little however, as City came away with all three points to continue their mid-season resurgence and put themselves on the brink of the top six.

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Western Sydney Wanderers 0

Melbourne City 2 (MACLAREN 6’ 54’)

Bankwest Stadium

Referee: Shaun Evans

Assistant Referees: Lance Greenshields, Kearney Robinson

Fourth Official: Ben Abraham

Western Sydney Wanderers: Daniel MARGUSH (GK), Ziggy GORDON (Kwame YEBOAH 79’), Dylan MCGOWAN, Mark NATTA, Thomas AQUILINA, Daniel WILMERING, Graham DORRANS, Keanu BACCUS (Jordon MUTCH 45’), James TROISI (Bruce KAMAU 65’), Simon COX (Bernie IBINI 65’), Mitchell DUKE (Nicolai MULLER 79’)

Unused subs: Noah JAMES (GK), Tate RUSSELL

Melbourne City: Thomas GLOVER (GK), Nathaniel ATKINSON, Nuno REIS (Ben GARUCCIO 66’), Curtis GOOD, Scott JAMIESON, Rostyn GRIFFITHS, Naoki TSUBAKI (Taras GOMULKA 75’), Connor METCALFE, Craig NOONE, Jamie MACLAREN, Andrew NABBOUT (Stefan COLAKOVSKI 90’)

Unused Subs: Matthew SUTTON (GK), Florin BERENGUER, Marco TILIO, Kerrin STOKES

Feature image credit: Melbourne City

 

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Jye Campbell
Journalism student at Western Sydney. Love my football (#lazoumance) and rugby league (#pantherpride). Advocate for FIFA Career Modes. Covering Western Sydney Wanderers in both A-League and W-League for the 2020/21 season.
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