Josep Gombau’s poor record against Melbourne Victory (three draws, now four losses) continues as Victory’s standards were much too high for the Wanderers.
A dynamic, at times even game culminated with the Victory convincingly winning 3-0 against the hapless Wanderers.
Aggression typified Victory’s game, with both teams playing with dynamism in the first half. Both teams were culpable of sloppiness and unnecessary challenges in the first half. With Victory pressing at a high-tempo from the offset, they maintained their high standards in the second half, taking advantage of a Wanderers defence missing Robbie Cornthwaite.
Victory will be relishing the three points with Kosta Barbarouses turning in a sublime performance with two well taken goals.
Western Sydney Wanderers
Vedran Janjetovic – 5
Composed and astute with his reflex saves, keeping the Wanderers in the game in the early stages. Beyond that, he was unable to do much about the Victory’s goals.
Josh Risdon – 5.5
Inconsistent crossing and whilst he kept George at bay for a majority, he was largely unable to influence proceedings.
Michael Thwaite – 6.5
Intercepted with diligence and challenged wholeheartedly, was clearly frustrated throughout by the lack of clinical play by his team
Jack Clisby – 5
Clisby came in to the line-up as a de-facto Centre-Back (having played there previously for Perth Glory) and generally adapted to his role but it is clear Clisby is not a centre back.
Raul Llorente – 6
A tireless performance in which he provided an important outlet on the left and was determined in his reactions, yet he could not maintain Barbarouses.