Wanderers move into second with ‘best performance of season’

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Another starring display by Mitch Duke inspired Western Sydney Wanderers to a 3-0 win over Perth Glory at Bankwest Stadium on Friday night.

Duke’s two goals, followed by a James Troisi tap-in, saw the Wanderers cruise to their third consecutive victory, lifting them into second spot on the A-League ladder, just three points behind Central Coast Mariners.

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The Wanderers were absolutely dominant from start to finish against a hapless Perth Glory side, who have picked up just one point from their past four matches.

After having three goals disallowed by VAR in a frustrating first half, the Wanderers finally got their breakthrough on the cusp of halftime, when a lofted ball into the six-yard box was met by the head of Duke.

Duke blasted in a second goal less than two minutes after halftime, before Troisi sealed the deal in the 50th minute, when he practically walked the ball into the net.

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The Wanderers showed great defensive resolve to then hang on to a clean sheet, with coach Carl Robinson hailing his team’s performance.

“I think it was (our best performance of the season),” Robinson said.

“We’ve played well in parts and segments, but not to the level that we played today. I thought we were exceptional in the first half, we really were. We could have been two or three goals up, if not for VAR.

“I asked the boys to respond at halftime because the game was certainly in the balance against a very good team, and they did. Then in the first ten minutes of the second half, we really put the game out of sight.”

Robinson had high praise also for a 6,012-strong home crowd at Bankwest Stadium.

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After being silenced at the start of the season by COVID restrictions, the Red and Black Bloc could be heard in full voice against the Glory, and Robinson certainly made note of their efforts.

“They were brilliant,” he said of the Wanderers’ supporters.

“Our job as a club is to energise them, we have to want to bring them back, because when they’re like that, they are exceptional for us.

“They help us. In that last 20 minutes of the game when you’re defending and you’ve got to put your bodies on the line for blocks and challenges, listening to your home fans singing their hearts out is really positive.”

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The Wanderers’ premiership tilt will be put to the test next Friday, when they face an in-form Melbourne City away from home.

City have scored nine goals from their past two games and their meeting with the Wanderers is expected to be a belter.

“It’ll be a great game,” Robinson said.

“Everyone keeps talking about how they’re the benchmark and the way they have played in their last three games they have been exceptional.

“I don’t worry about people talking about other teams, I’ve got to control my business, but it should be an exciting game next week, for sure.”

Feature Image Credit: Peter Hugg

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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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