Gom­bau’s ruth­less plea af­ter an­other fall away

Fraser Coast Chronicle - - SPORT FOOTBALL - Tom Smithies Daily Tele­graph

WAN­DER­ERS boss Josep Gom­bau has called on his play­ers to find the ruth­less­ness to “kill the game”, af­ter his side gave up an­other lead to draw 1-1 with Welling­ton.

West­ern Syd­ney re­mains in sixth spot, af­ter fail­ing to build on a first-half lead for the sec­ond week in a row. Gom­bau’s side missed chances to ex­tend its ad­van­tage be­fore the break but was penned back in the sec­ond half and in the end were glad to es­cape with a draw.

The Wan­der­ers host fourth-placed Mel­bourne Vic­tory on Fri­day night, with Gom­bau cer­tain to re-em­pha­sise to his play­ers the need to cap­i­talise on pe­ri­ods of dom­i­na­tion.

Bren­don San­ta­lab had given his side the lead in the first half in Welling­ton, only for Mati­jia Lju­jic to strike an equaliser with 15 min­utes to go.

It means West­ern Syd­ney haven’t scored a sec­ond-half goal in al­most a month, but Gom­bau de­nied it was due to his play­ers’ fit­ness.

“I don’t think so,” he said. “It’s true we’re not scor­ing goals at the end of the game, but I don’t think it’s be­cause of a phys­i­cal rea­son. Some­times in foot­ball it’s just like this.

“The good thing is we are scor­ing, and we have the chances to score more. The last two games I think we’ve had the chances to win both games but we haven’t taken them, and that’s some­thing we need to im­prove on.

“If we want to be in a good way in the league and in the sea­son, we need to take those chances and kill the games in the mo­ment.

“(Against Welling­ton) we had the chance to go into half­time win­ning by more than one goal.

“But the sec­ond half changed; Welling­ton took more op­por­tu­ni­ties, they had more of the ball and more chances to score. In the end it was a re­sult that was fair.”

The Wan­der­ers boss hopes to wel­come back Josh

Ris­don, Jaushua Sotirio and Al­varo Cejudo from in­jury against Vic­tory, as well as the re­turn from sus­pen­sion of Rob­bie Corn­th­waite and

Chris Herd.

De­spite the re­sult against Welling­ton, Gom­bau in­sisted he saw more ev­i­dence that the play­ers were adapt­ing to his meth­ods, af­ter heavy de­feats in the run up to Christ­mas had cast an early cloud over his ten­ure.

“It’s the men­tal­ity of the play­ers,” he said. “The very be­gin­ning when I came it was dif­fi­cult, when­ever you have a big change like this it is a dif­fi­cult sit­u­a­tion for the play­ers. But they changed their men­tal­ity, they are open and I am so happy with them. They are putting 120% in for ev­ery sin­gle game and I am very happy with this.”

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