Despite Western Sydney Wanderers breaking a hapless winless streak with a commanding 2-0 win over Central Coast Mariners, fans were forced to make their own entertainment.
While a freakish Tarek Elrich goal - a free-kick that bounced unchallenged in the six-yard box and into the net - and a clinical strike from Jaushua Sotirio secured the points for Markus Babbel's side, Wanderers fans took to Twitter to vent their frustration at Spotless Stadium.
There are litetally more Mariners fans in the away bays than RBB here.— Brandon Clarke ⚫️�� (@kiwibardy) 9 February 2019
Win or lose we will always follow you,
Let it rain let it pour, we will sing forevermore,
Our opponents know, we will fight them toe to toe,
Forever red and black, you can bet your life on that,#WSWvCCM pic.twitter.com/oQSVTfHMoH
The match was largely uneventful, with scorching conditions hampering both sides and a general lack of quality evident in poor midfield distribution and few chances created. The Marienrs, for their part, were virtually anonymous in the front-third.
It was the sort of performance that encouraged a little personal innovation on the part of would-be frustrated fans.
2 guys have brought PS4 controllers to the match 😂 #WSWVCCM pic.twitter.com/5POYnfFYcw
— Billal Skanda (@BillalSkanda) 9 February 2019
But despite a jovial attitude from Western Sydney fans, the views from the upper tier at Spotless, in combination with expensive ticket prices, drew substantial consternation.
Western Sydney are scheduled to move into Paramatta Stadium at the beginning of next season, placing pressure on the club to recapture their waning fan base.
While Spotless Stadium has remained controversial for the entire season, after offering nearly-unplayable pitch conditions early in the Wanderers' campaign, the club's record at Spotless remains significantly superior to ANZ Stadium.
The win is Western Sydney's second of the season, keeping them in ninth following Brisbane Roar's win over Sydney FC, while Central Coast Mariners still only have one win this season.