The Western Sydney Wanderers made history on Sunday after winning their first game of the Hyundai A-League season for the first time, with a 2-1 victory over Perth Glory at Spotless Stadium.
A week after Tony Popovic departed the club, caretaker head coach Hayden Foxe had said that the squad were fresh and ready to go as did captain Robbie Cornthwaite and it showed in their play.
Ex-La Liga stars Cejudo, Oriol Riera and former Phoenix star Roly Bonevacia pulled the strings for an invigorated attack, who created chance after chance.
The Wanderers scored twice late in the first half but despite several chances created by Perth during the last 30 minutes of play and scoring in the 82nd minute, they failed to find the equaliser.
The first in the 43rd minute was scored by new recruit Riera after an assist from Alvaro Cejuda. With a right footed shot from the left side of the box the ball shot into the bottom right corner.
Just after Perth Glory won a free-kick from a foul by Roly Bonevacia, but the attempt by Adam Taggart was blocked.
Moments later Brendan Hamill sent a beautiful weighted ball inside to Jumpei Kusukami who in turn slid the ball past Reddy into the back of the net to give Wanderers their 2nd goal and ultimately a comfortable win.
“It was an excellent performance in particular the first 65, 70 minutes, I thought were outstanding,” a delighted Foxe said after the match.
“I thought we played with so much energy and fluency, it was a real Wanderers’ performance.
“The last 20 minutes we naturally sat a little bit deeper but we showed a real resilience as a team, a real hard-to-beat attitude from front to back.”
The Wanderers next face Central Coast Mariners at home on Saturday 8th October.