Wan­der­ers on a roll af­ter dom­i­nat­ing Mel­bourne

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - SPORT - Matt Whind­ley

WESTERN Sydney have jumped to equal third and are fir­ing on all cylin­ders af­ter win­ning three games on the trot.

Wan­der­ers steam­rolled Mel­bourne City on Fri­day night, with a 3-0 vic­tory at AAMI Park.

The visi­tors were on the front foot from the out­set, dom­i­nat­ing mid­field, pos­ses­sion and the best of the chances.

They were fi­nally re­warded for their ef­forts less than two min­utes af­ter half­time when Mitch Nichols fired home from close range.

City’s de­fence was breached at a time when a new cen­tral de­fen­sive pair­ing was try­ing to find its legs, with head coach John van’t Schip hav­ing just re­placed Aaron Hughes.

Wan­der­ers pressed for­ward on the right for the umpteenth time in the 47th minute, with Scott Neville and Dario Vi­dosic link­ing nicely be­fore the lat­ter crossed the ball for Nichols to latch on to un­marked at the back post.

Con­tro­versy reigned for the Wan­der­ers’ sec­ond goal 14 min­utes later, when Western Sydney’s ma­ligned in­ter­na­tional mar­quee striker Fed­erico Pio­vac­cari scored his first A-League goal af­ter the li­nes­man’s off­side flag was ig­nored by ref­eree Peter Green.

At­tack­ing on the right flank manned by Ben Garuc­cio, Neville again tried to play through Vi­dosic only for the City left back to par- tially in­ter­cept. The li­nes­man’s flag went up at that stage - even though Vi­dosic ap­peared to have been on­side only for Green to al­low play to go on be­fore Neville found Pio­vac­cari to score from close range.

It was wrong for the flag to go up, how­ever ul­ti­mately the right call ap­peared to have been made, much to the dis­plea­sure of apoplec­tic City play­ers. Mark Bridge scored his 50th A-League goal in the 84th minute to seal their third win on the trot.

Nichols was bril­liant, but Di­mas Del­gado and An­dreu also bossed the mid­field through­out.

The Wan­der­ers hope to con­tinue their dom­i­nant form against Welling­ton Phoenix on Satur­day.

Pic­ture: JOE CAS­TRO

Mark Bridge and Wan­der­ers team­mates cel­e­brate the match-win­ning goal against Mel­bourne City.

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