The Mariners continued their unbeaten run at Spotless Stadium, drawing 2-2 against a Wanderers side who epitomised the cliché of ‘a game of two halves’.
Super Saturday’s first game featured everything – goals, injuries, goalkeeper errors and a red card… The teams played out a close one, but how did each individual player perform?
Western Sydney Wanderers
(GK) Vedran Janjetovic – 4
A clumsy fumble in the first half was the lowlight of Janjetovic’s performance, which subsequently led to the Mariners' first goal of the afternoon. Only one more shaky moment followed, as he was caught in a scramble in the box during the second half. He played the remainder of the match with a sense of calmness.
Josh Risdon – 4.5
The Socceroo was noticed on the wing, but failed to make a significant impact. Risdon’s crosses into the box were generally poor, even when in plenty of space. He displayed some decent passing skills throughout the game.
Michael Thwaite – 6
The only commanding defender for the Wanderers in the first half, Thwaite put in a positive performance. His afternoon was brought to an end in the 49th minute, substituted after suffering a hamstring injury. Never defended to an outstanding quality, but didn’t have a bad game, either.
Robert Cornthwaite – 5
His impact failed to be noticed in this match, blending in to a Wanderer’s defence that struggled, particularly in the first half. Some challenges were rough and unnecessary.
Raúl Llorente – 7
The Spaniard demonstrated his dangerous speed on the wing, easily beating the Mariners' defence with pace. His non-stop style of play contributed to Western Sydney’s comeback, continually dribbling up field in an attempt to create an opportunity. Some crosses were poor, however. His second half performance was considerably better than his first half.
Chris Herd – 5
Herd’s passing characterised his performance, highlighted in a beautiful lobbed pass over the Mariners' defence in the first half, which reached the box. However, his movement was not particularly convincing throughout the game. There wasn’t much conviction during his time on the ball.
Kearyn Baccus – 4.5
Seemed confused in the first half, which contributed a shaky first 45 minutes for the Wanderers. His performance generally improved in the second half, but sloppy turnovers were a consistent aspect of his game throughout the 90 minutes.