Western Sydney Wanderers have made it back-to-back wins after claiming an emphatic 4-0 win over Wellington Phoenix at ANZ Stadium on Sunday.
Chris Ikonomidis put in a man of the match performance for the Wanderers in his first A-league start for the club since signing from Lazio on loan.
The 22 year-old played a pivotal role in their early lead after refusing to surrender possession when swarmed by Phoenix defender. He held the ball long enough to pass to Josh Risdon whose well-weighted cross was pounced upon by Oriol Riera and the Spaniard headed past Phoenix goalkeeper Lewis Italiano to give the Wanderers a1-0 lead.
The lead was doubled in the 64th minute after Michael Thwaite out-muscled Ljujic as he rose for the header to steer a Marcelo Carrusca corner into the net which an outstretched Italiano could not get near.
Ikonomidis then scored a well deserved goal of his own in the 72nd minute after Bridge put him open inside the area and with a delightful backheel to dazzle the Wellington defence, Ikonomidis slid the shot past Italiano to score.
Jaushau Sotirio made it 4-0 in the 83rd minute slotting home the rebound after Italiano denied Brendon Santalab.
Former Socceroo Robbie Slater told Fox Sports that Ikonomidis appears to have transitioned into the Wanderers’ team with ease.
“I think when you come into a team it’s easier to transition into a team when you’re a right winger or a winger or you’re a full back, when you’re in those wide areas – because the job doesn’t really change,” he said.
“So as long as he’s getting the ball in good areas, he can do what he knows to do best.
“The other stuff is defensively where he’s gotta place himself, he’s experienced enough to know that. But you can see that he’s desperate for game time and he’s so enjoying himself.”