Wanderers on a roll after dominating Melbourne
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.
Mark Bridge and Wanderers teammates celebrate the match-winning goal against Melbourne City.