Ins & Outs: Adelaide v Wanderers

Carl Robinson

Head coach Carl Robinson has named his extended squad for the trip to Adelaide tomorrow night.

The Red & Black head into the fixture after a 2-2 draw against league leaders Central Coast Mariners on Tuesday night at Bankwest Stadium.  

Matt Simon put the visitors ahead in the first half, and with a quarter of an hour to play it seemed one goal may have been enough for the Mariners to see off the Wanderers and extend their gap at the top of the table to five points.

That was until Western Sydney substitute Bruce Kamau entered the fray. The lively attacker fired home two goals in a four-minute spell to get the home side ahead with little more than ten minutes to play. 

But drama ensued in the final knockings of the contest as Mariners young gun Alou Kuol won his side a penalty after beating Keanu Baccus to a high ball dropping down into his attacking penalty box, going down under contact from Baccus. Referee Chris Beath gave the penalty after a VAR check and Oliver Bozanic converted, withstanding the pressure from the spot to draw his side level.

Similarly, Adelaide also go into the fixture after facing the Mariners and suffered a frustrating 2-1 loss to the side on 1 April.

In a pulsating top-of-the-table clash, Kusini Yengi’s goal early in the second half had the Reds on track for a seventh straight win and top spot on the A-League ladder.

Yengi’s goal – his third in four matches – came either side of two missed penalties by the home side, with Matt Simon and skipper Oliver Bozanic both denied by stunning saves from 20-year-old Reds keeper Joe Gauci.

Bozanic made amends for his earlier penalty miss with a sensational equaliser, before substitute Alou Kuol completed the comeback just minutes later.

Adelaide missed the chance to equal a club-record seven straight wins but remain in second spot following one of the craziest games of the season so far.


Adelaide United v Western Sydney Wanderers
Saturday 10 April, 7:00pm
Coopers Stadium

Western Sydney Wanderers FC squad: 2.Ziggy GORDON, 4.Dylan McGOWAN (C), 6.Tass MOURDOUKOUTAS, 7.Bruce KAMAU, 8.Jordan O’DOHERTY, 9.Bernie IBINI, 10.Simon COX, 11.Kwame YEBOAH, 12.Mitchell DUKE, 14.James TROISI, 17.Keanu BACCUS,, 18.Graham DORRANS, 19.Jordon MUTCH, 27.Nicolai MULLER, 29.Daniel WILMERING, 30.Daniel MARGUSH (GK), 33.Mark NATTA, 34.Patrick ZIEGLER, 39.Thomas AQUILINA, 40.Noah JAMES (GK)

**2-4 to be omitted**

Ins: 11.Kwame YEBOAH (promoted), 18.Graham DORRANS (returns from suspension) , 19.Jordon MUTCH (promoted), 34.Patrick ZIEGLER (promoted)
Outs: 5.Daniel GEORGIEVKSKI (not selected), 38.Ali AUGLAH (not selected)
Unavailable: 13.Tate RUSSELL (hip), 20.Vedran JANJETOVIC (long term injury)