Newcastle upset the Wanderers with a strong performance to secure their first win in five games against the Wanderers at a wet Wanderland.
It was always going to be a tough challenge for the Wanderers having to back up from Wednesday’s Asian Championship game. Newcastle sensed the opportunity to keep Western Sydney at bay with a 2-0 victory at Parramatta this afternoon.
Newcastle scored midmay through the first half with Wanderers making a defensive mistake. Zadkovic took a shot on gaol that was flicked off Hoole before Jaliens heads it into the goal. The rest of the first half was evenly matched with very few chances for either side.
The second half kicked off with some drizzle but both sides were locked in a stalemate. That was until 64m when Taggart was able to dodge the Wanderers defence to score the second goal for the Jets.
With the end of the season fast approaching the Wanderers were keen to secure a victory and a critical three points. The Wanderers are still a chance to catch up to the Brisbane Roar who are seven points ahead at the top of the A-league ladder with six games left in the regular season.
Adelaide, Central Coast and Melbourne Victory are also chasing for the number two spot on the ladder just 4 points behind in equal third.
A combination of poor weather and a boycott by The Red & Black Block (RBB) led to the lowest crowd of the season with just 12,079 fans down from the average 16,000 at Parramatta Stadium.
The Wanderers cracked down on their supporters after a series of flares were let off at last Wednesdays Asian Champion’s League match which the Wanderers lost 3-1 against Ulsan Hyundai. The club was disappointed at the behaviour and says under the rules of the competition it is liable to be fined US$5,000 per flare discharged.
The club decided to withdraw it usual consent to some supporters groups from bringing in banners, musical instruments and other items until the investigation is completed. Under the Stadium rules supporters need to gain prior approval before the match to bring the items into the game.
The RBB slient protest caused a quieter than usual atmosphere at Wanderland. In a statement on Twitter the RBB stated, “Todays events are in response to the misleading email sent by the club to members. We support unity and the team. Full response this week”.
Noticeable there were no flares at the match and Marcel Marceau would have been impressed.
A 40,000 strong crowd is expected at the last Sydney Debry of the regular season at the Sydney Football Stadium. Sydney FC will be fighting for a spot in the finals and the Wanderers will looking for a clean sweep of the regular season local derbies for 2013/14.
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