Western Sydney Wanderers have achieved a much needed comfortable 2-0 victory over a winless Central Coast Mariners on Friday at Spotless Stadium.
Patrick Ziegler, who was one of Markus Babbel’s key signings in the off-season, made a difference in his debut after missing the first six matches of the campaign with a knee injury.
The German centre-back made a game-high 17 clearances, to go with his seven duels won and one interception in his first 90 minutes in almost three months.
“This is what I wanted to see, a reaction,” Wanderers coach Markus Babbel told Fox Sports after the game.
He went on to praise Baumjohann and Ziegler in particular, the star pair who shape as the key to their season.
“Both players played a fantastic game, especially Patrick he’s a player,” he added.
“If he’s on the pitch other players feel more comfortable. Because he has quality and was really hard for us that he was two and a half months out with injury and we missed him.
“But you see especially he is not fully fit, compliments on him because it was his first game in two and a half months and he did fantastic.”
Keanu Baccus scored the opener in first half stoppage time, after the Mariners failed to clear a corner, the ball eventually falling to the young defender 5 yards from goal and with and a low drive it made into the bottom corner of the net.
The lead was doubled half way through the second half after Bruce Kamau’s long-range effort was only parried by keeper Ben Kennedy, Jaushua Sotirio jumped on the spoils to slam the ball home.
The Wanderer’ second win of the season has catapulted them into the top six ahead of the remainder of Round 7, whilst the defeat leaves the Mariners bottom with two points from seven league matches.