Wanderers hit the wall

WESTERN Sydney Wanderers have hit a little wall after the midway point of the A-League season with just one win in the past five matches.

Their latest setback was a 1-0 loss to Adelaide United at Coopers Stadium on Sunday.

Adelaide United scored in the fourth minute and the score remain unchanged for the remainder of the game.

It was a tough week, losing midweek to Melbourne Victory 3-1 in Melbourne, then to Adelaide and news Japanese midfielder Shinji Ono will finish up with the club at the end of the season.

Ono will join J-2 club Consadole Sapporo in June.

Western Sydney Wanderers executive chairman, Lyall Gorman, said: "Shinji is the ultimate professional on and off the field and the ultimate gentleman.

"He will leave us with long-lasting memories of his time with our club," Gorman said.

"He is committed to the Wanderers until the end of his contract in May, which will see him help lead our club in its 2014 Asian Champions League debut and hopefully a second Hyundai A-League finals series."

Ono said he wasn't offered a contract extension and held off as long as possible before accepting the Japanese offer.

Wanderers coach Tony Popovic now has to get the team back into winning form over the coming weeks.

The Wanderers are still second on 26 points after 16 rounds, five behind leaders Brisbane Roar.

In round 17, the Wanderers play Perth Glory on Australia Day at Pirtek Stadium, Parramatta, at 7pm.

A big crowd is expected to help lift the Wanderers.

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