Mitch Nichols scored a stunning winner to send the Wanderers to the best of the table. (Getty Pictures: Mark Kolbe)
A 79th-minute stunner from Mitch Nichols has powered Western Sydney to both a 2-1 win more than Brisbane and the top of the A-League table.
SCOREBOARD: WSW two-1 BRI
|Wanderers 2-1 Roar|
|at Parramatta Stadium, December 5 2015|
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|Western Sydney Wanderers: two (M Bridge 29′, M Nichols 79′)|
Brisbane Roar: 1 (J Maclaren 36′)
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The clash of the competition heavyweights appeared headed for a stalemate right after Mark Bridge’s opening objective was cancelled out by a Jamie Maclaren dink in the 1st half.
A free of charge-flowing opening 45 minutes disintegrated into a jerky tit-for-tat affair in the second stanza, where both sides struggled to gather any momentum with the ball.
Nevertheless as the points have been destined to be shared, the match roared to life on Nichols’ in-swinger.
The in-form midfielder took a couple of touches outside the box and then unleashed both barrels on a shot that left a diving Jamie Young clutching air, and gave him his fifth purpose of the season.
The Roar believed they had a opportunity to equalise in the dying minutes when Jacob Pepper looked to have handled the ball inside the box in injury time, but it was waved off, leaving the reborn Wanderers to nab their sixth-straight win.
The Red and Black Bloc had earlier followed by way of with their threat to boycott the game due to grievances with Football Federation Australia, but it did not quit the tiny crowd of 9,680 from providing their star midfielder a standing ovation when his shift ended not lengthy soon after the match-winner.
The fan boycott was in complete impact as the Red and Black Bloc refused to turn up in protest of the FFA. (Getty Images: Mark Kolbe)
Against the eerie backdrop of a quiet Wanderland, the residence side spluttered out of the gates soon after Nichols picked up a yellow card in just the third minute for a deliberate infringement.
Maclaren also came close to opening the scoring twice inside the early exchanges, like a 13th-minute cracker that shaved the post.
However, the Wanderers ultimately grew into the match and it was Bridge that discovered the back of the net very first, set up by some clever defensive perform by Andreu, before Romeo Castalen’s cross upfield was deflected by Daniel Bowles.
Instantly the modest crowd clicked into a chant, only for Maclaren to silence them once more with a 36th-minute aim against the run of play that drew an uncharacteristic gobful from Nikola Topai-Stanley.
External Hyperlink: A-League 2015-16 ladder
Subjects: a-league, soccer, sport, parramatta-2150, nsw, australia, brisbane-4000
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