Krishna KO’s woeful Wanderers

December 29, 2014 11:01:58 UK

Western Sydney Wanderers had further evidence that all their luck is bad this season when they lost 1-0 to a highly controversial penalty against Wellington Phoenix.

Wanderers end 2014 as the A-League’s bottom team, with no wins in their first 10 games, after Roy Krishna scored the only goal at Westpac Stadium.

Referee Peter O’Leary gave the Phoenix a 12th-minute penalty when the Fijian striker tumbled in the area, believing his heels had been clipped by Daniel Alessi.

Replays showed no contact between the players and suggested Krishna had simply lost his footing, but the bad break was typical of the way this season is going for Western Sydney.

They may have lifted the Asian Champions League trophy in Riyadh last month, but their domestic season has been a nightmare and they have picked up just three points.

Premiers in their debut season in the A-League in 2012-13, Wanderers finished second last season and reached the Grand Final both times. At the turn of the year, though, they are a massive 26 points behind leaders Perth Glory and 10 points off the top six.

Their bad luck did not end with the penalty award, as keeper Ante Covic made a good save to keep out Krishna’s spot-kick only for the rebound to fall invitingly for him to score.

It was his fifth goal in six games, and gave Wellington a five-point cushion inside the top four.

The visitors had 78 minutes to try to find an equaliser, but though they managed 19 shots on goal they could not find a way past keeper Glen Moss.

Popovic’s side, who have managed just six goals in 15 hours of A-League football this season, will be desperate to dip into the transfer market when the window opens next week.

Wanderers areĀ 1.95 to win their next game against Central Coast, who are 4.00, with the draw 3.40.

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