The Western Sydney Wanderers played out a draw in their latest A-League outing after leading at half time.
You have heard this before, the last five weeks straight. This one was a little different however
On Sunday night at AAMI Park it was the City half of Melbourne who were the side to come from behind to get a point after Jashua Sotirio vindicated his surprise starting spot with an 11th minute goal after a City defensive error.
In Josep Gombau's first match in charge of the Wanderers he tinkered with the formation with the long used 4-2-3-1 making way for a 4-1-4-1 regime. The Wanderers however looked at times to be struggling to get to grips with the Spaniard's regime but there were plenty of promising signs as the match wore on.
City scored their equaliser in the 55th minute after the VAR intervened after Ross McCormack was taken down in the box by a late challenge from Raul Llorente.
The referee pointed to the spot, only to indicate he had called for a Western Sydney goal kick.
But the decision was overturned after being examined by the video assistant referee and McCormack converted the spot kick to claim his fourth goal for the season.
City would then dominate the remainder of the match but it was another Vedran Janjetovic masterclass in net that kept the Wanderers unbeaten start to the season intact.
Janjetovic made several clutch saves, none better than his dive to the left to deny McCormack's curling set piece from just outside the penalty box in the 42nd minute. In all he had 16 shots directed his way with 8 on target yet he was only beaten from the penalty spot.
For Melbourne City it was an evening of frustration as a combination of Janjetovic saves and their own blown chances in front of goal cost them a chance to go to the top of the league.
City however did leapfrog the champions Sydney FC into second place with the point, one behind the current league leaders the Newcastle Jets.
Yes those Newcastle Jets.
For the Wanderers they remain in fourth spot on 8 points, 6 behind the Jets however those two remain the only unbeaten sides after six rounds.
In an interesting stat the Wanderers have now drawn 18 of their last 34 A-League matches after 90 minutes, if they again share the points with Wellington next week they would tie the current A-League record for most consecutive draws (6 - Wellington Phoenix - 2009) and would be halfway to tying their mark of most draws in a season that they set last season after only 7 rounds.
- Julian Daw (SWR Head Of Sport)
The Wanderers next A-League assignment is against the Wellington Phoenix on Saturday at Spotless Stadium, join the team live at 5 on SWR Triple 9 for all the action!