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Wanderers booed by fans in loss to City

Lachlan Wales and Ritchie De Laet both scored in Melbourne City's 2-0 A-League win over Western Sydney on New Year's Day.

Wanderers booed by fans in loss to City

Lachlan Wales and Ritchie De Laet both scored in Melbourne City's 2-0 A-League win over Western Sydney on New Year's Day.

Western Sydney's disappointing A-League season has reached a new low after the side was booed by their own fans in a 2-0 loss to a 10-man Melbourne City.

Lachlan Wales and Ritchie De Laet set up the New Year's Day win with goals within two minutes of each other in the first half at ANZ Stadium.


The Wanderers, who have now lost three on the trot at the Olympic site for the first time in club history, were given a chorus of disapproval from the 8,365 fans at both halftime and fulltime.

Their famed Red and Black Bloc section was also empty after the main break.

And they missed an exquisite goalkeeping display from City's Eugene Galekovic, who produced a string of second-half saves to claim a league-high fourth clean sheet of the campaign.

The win lifts City back to fourth place on the A-League table - six points behind leaders Perth.

It was a lifeless opening 35 minutes from both sides until a moment of quick thinking from ex-Wanderers star Dario Vidosic lit up the contest.

The former Socceroos representative caught a Wanderers defence napping with a long throw-in from inside his own half to send Wales with a straight path to goal.

And the 21-year-old made no mistake with the finish, lifting his shot past an advancing Vedran Janjetovic to net his second goal in the tenth match of his career.

Spurred on by the breakthrough, the visitors doubled their advantage when Riley McGree turned Raul Llorente and then pulled it back for De Laet to fire low across his body.

Wanderers attacker Bruce Kamau had his team's best chance moments before the break but his curling effort was expertly tipped wide by Galekovic.

The two-goal halftime deficit was also enough for their active supporter bay, which has dwindled with the team's form, to empty their designated section for the second half.

Western Sydney were given a shot in the arm when Rostyn Griffiths was shown his second yellow card for chopping down Alex Baumjohann in the 56th minute.

However, they were denied on several occasions by Galekovic, who saved two point-blank shots from Baumjohann and substitute Abraham Majok in the space of a minute.

And he topped it off by tipping away a Oriol Riera penalty moments later, leaving the Wanderers with just one win in their past six matches.

Wanderers coach Markus Babbel said fans had the right to be unhappy but found positives in their improved second half.

"What will you say, they want to see that we win. That's the thing," he said.

"If you're 2-0 down at halftime, of course they're not clapping their hands and very euphoric. This is normal. Europe is exactly the same."

City coach Warren Joyce praised his team's performance, especially Galekovic's penalty save.

"I thought the first half we played some really good football, good value for the two goals maybe looking to score more goals," he said.

"I thought we deserved the win, obviously a good penalty save from Eugene because that would've made it even more nervy 10 minutes."

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