Wanderers take much-needed win with new coach against Perth Glory

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Western Sydney Wanderers had their signature fight on display for their new coach’s first match by beating Perth Glory to mark their second win of the season.

From the rubble of the Carl Robinson era, Mark Rudan emerges to take Western Sydney into battle in hopes of continuing Tony Popovic’s legacy.

It was an exciting game for the Wanderers, as they marked a new chapter under Rudan’s leadership to constitute a fresh game for the team and fans.

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The fresh start saw captain Jack Rodwell come out firing with guns blazing in the second minute, but he skied his shot from the edge of the box over the bar.

In the 11th minute, Burke-Gilroy had a fantastic run down the right flank, slipping a low cross directly into the path of the Spaniard, but his shot lacked strength and went straight at Mejias.

Rudan’s affect on his team brought a new energy with it looking positive in the early stages of the match.

Breaking through Perth’s defence, Ogawa cut inside from the left wing, attempting to target the far corner, but his shot missed just four minutes later.

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Rodwell gave the fans what they wanted with a burning lead up from Thomas Aquilina finished with an opening goal that put Western Sydney in the lead in the 26th minute.

Perth had two chances on goal with corners in the final 10 minutes of the half, but both were successfully cleared by the Wanderers from the penalty area.

Rudan’s coaching in only a few days has sparked a fire in his team’s bellies with an impressive defensive rotation and renewed energy in their first 45 minutes.

Wanderers came out pressing to get the ball into their penalty box, eager to score another goal in the second half.

In the 52nd minute Rodwell took another chance with a powerful shot that just missed the target.

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Ziggy Gordon was booked with a yellow card in the 57th minute, shortly followed by Ibini after a soft challenge with Perth’s Rawlins.

Perth looks in the final third for an equaliser when the ball was diverted goalward after Niyongabire’s charging run, but Mejias was able to collect it right on the line.

Perth looks in the final third for an equaliser when the ball was diverted goalward after Niyongabire’s charging run, but Mejias was able to collect it right on the line.

In the games dying minutes, Perth struggled for a goal to deprive Western Sydney of a win.

Fortunately for the Red and Black, their luck was well awaited with their second win of the season, taking them to sixth place.

Western Sydney Wanderers: 1 (Aquilina 26′)

Perth Glory: 0

CommBank Stadium

Referee: Alireza Faghani
Assistant referees: Matthew McOrist, Adam Powers
Fourth official: Kurt Adams

Western Sydney Wanderers: Tomas MEJIAS (GK), Jack Rodwell (C), John KOUTROUMBIS, Thomas AQUILINA, Adama TRAORE (Alessandro LOPANE 88’), James TROISI (Tate RUSSELL 88’), Steven UGARKOVIC, Keijiro OGAWA (Dimitri PETRATOS 80’), Zygmunt GORDON, Keanu BACCUS, Tomer HEMED (Bernie IBINI-ISEI 61’)

Unused subs: Daniel MARGUSH, Tass MOURDOUKOUTAS, Terry ANTONIS

Perth Glory: Cameron COOK (GK), Jonathan ASPROPOTAMITIS (Aaron CALVER 58’), Osama MALIK, Adrian SARDINERO, Kosuke OTA (Jacob YOUNG 83’), Andrew KEOGH (Pacifique NIYONGABIRE 67’), Callum TIMMINS, Antonee BURKE-GILROY, Joshua RAWLINS, Giordano COLLI (Daniel STYNES 58’), Darryl LACHMAN

Unused subs: Darko STANOJEVIC, Liam REDDY

Feature image: Steve Christo

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Paloma Darjani
Paloma Darjani
Covering the Western Sydney Wanderers for the 2021/22 season. Studying a Bachelor of Media and Communications at the University of Sydney.

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