Wanderers dominate but struggle to produce final product

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Marko Rudan was left disappointed in his side after Western Sydney Wanderers’ clash with Newcastle Jets.

Coming into the game in a much better position than their opponents, Wanderers would’ve looked at this fixture as a winnable one. What ensued was a dominating performance, but one that was just missing the end product.

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In the first half Western Sydney managed nine shots at goal, with six on target, in addition to 70% possession. Despite this, it was the Jets who took the lead against the run of play courtesy of a brilliant ball from Dane Ingham. Angus Thurgate headed home to give the home team a surprising lead heading into the second half.

Rudan felt that Western Sydney should have been leading going into half time after failing to capitilise on the numerous chances they created.

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“We looked quite good, in the first half it was great, we played some great stuff. We should have been 3-0 to the good,” he said.

“We absolutely dominated and the stats back that up.”

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The defensive lapse early in the first half could be put down to the unfortunate injury to their experienced leader Marcelo. He went off with what seemed like a groin issue.

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With their third-choice centre back Ruon Tongyik already sidelined due to injury, Wanderers’ season could be hanging in the balance without much depth in the position.

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Alex Bonetig was the one to come on and replace the outgoing skipper. The 20 year-old, who can either be deployed as a defensive midfielder or as cover at centre back, played out the rest of the game looking calm and at-ease.

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It would have been hard to tell that it was his professional debut for the side.

The away side eventually equalised through an Oli Bozanic penalty mid-way through the second half, however they couldn’t benefit from the momentum with the game finishing at 1-1.

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Although they are missing key players in Kusini Yengi and Milos Ninkovic currently, Rudan has faith in his youngsters and acknowledges the roles they have played in the season so far.

“We’re giving them opportunities. You’ve got to earn that, but they’re certainly taking them,” he said.

“We’re going to continue to work and develop them.”

Ninkovic has made a return to full training Rudan confirms, and will likely be a part of the next matchday squad as Western Sydney take on the high-flying Central Coast Mariners in a 2nd vs 3rd battle.

Feature Image Credit: Peter Hugg

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Business and Sport Management student at WSU. Interest in Data analysis. Covering the Newcastle Jets ALM and ALW teams for the 2022/23 season.

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