Western Sydney Wanderers had the winning return to Wanderland they wanted with a 2-1 victory over Central Coast Mariners after Mitchell Duke's brace saw them come from behind. Here are three key takeaways from the match.
RBB get the return they were hoping for
The Red and Black Bloc, so excited to finally be back home and with a new standing area to celebrate in, sung their hearts out for the full match.
The Wanderers on the pitch, after a wake-up call from Milan Djuric, rewarded the undying passion with a win in their first A-League game at the new Bankwest Stadium.
The cacophony from Wanderers fans can only have helped create an extra fear factor for the Mariners, as well as spurring the Western Sydney team to come back from a goal down.
If Western Sydney had not won the game though, the alarm bells would’ve been ringing early for this season, and Markus Babbel might have been facing more serious questioning about his side, which is still not firing on all cylinders.
But the whole squad should be thankful they can depend on the RBB to keep pushing them for that win when the chips are down. It is something that few other teams in Australia can say.
A win here should set the mood for the rest of the campaign after a dreadful season last year. Win or lose though, you can be sure that the fans won’t stop singing.