Maclaren’s goal-scoring streak ends as concerns for kick-off times continue

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Western Sydney Wanderers held Melbourne City to a 1-1 draw on Sunday, ending Jamie Maclaren’s record goal-scoring run.

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The striker had scored in each of City’s 10 completed A-League men games heading into CommBank Stadium.

However, for the striker, it was not to be. While the Socceroos striker strove to add to his season tally of 13 goals, he could not do so on a frustrating afternoon at the Wanderers’ home ground.

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“They’ve got a great defensive unit, and when your opponent drops so deep, it’s not easy to score a goal,” said City coach Rado Vidosic.

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For Vidosic, the draw was a pleasant result against a solid defensive team like the Wanderers.

“The performance was excellent.

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It was probably the best 90-minute performance since I took over,” Vidosic said

Despite City’s dominance from the start, Brandon Borrello gave the Wanderers the lead in the 19th minute.

It wasn’t until the 58th minute that the visitors equalized through Richard van der Venne.

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In spite of being in total control of the contest, Melbourne City was forced to share the points with Western Sydney due to their strong defence.

Wanderers coach Marko Rudan praised his side’s “resolute” defensive effort but was unhappy with the 3 pm kickoff time of the match.

“It’s a fantastic point. We fought right until the end, and that was all part of the plan,” said Rudan.

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“We played to our strengths, we kept Maclaren to zero for the first time and we stopped all the supply into him.

“He didn’t really get a sniff apart from at corners.

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“But if you expect quality from either team – and I feel for both sets of players at 3 o’clock pm in 32-degree heat – you’re not going to get it,” Rudan said.

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A curious journalism student seeking knowledge from the world via stories and all things football. Covering the 2022/2023 A-League season for Western Sydney Wanderers and the Central Coast Mariners.

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