Wanderers stand up to Roar

DESPITE snatching a 1-1 draw at Parramatta on Friday against Brisbane Roar, the Wanderers could end up 10 points behind the Queenslanders at the completion of the next round of the A-League this weekend.

That's because the western Sydney franchise, along with Melbourne Victory, has played one game more the eight other league clubs.

So both the Wanderers and Victory will sit out this weekend's round 19 to allow the others to catch up to them. In round 20, the Wanderers will travel to Perth to take on the Glory on Saturday, February 22. But by then the Roar, who are hosting the hapless Newcastle Jets, could open up an unbeatable 10-point gap.

All the Wanderers can do is keep playing to win, starting with Perth in a couple of weeks.

On Friday night, in front of more than 16,000 fans at Pirtek Stadium, the Roar dominated early, and opened its account after just 13 minutes.

The Wanderers improved as the match went on, but it must be of some concern that it took 72 minutes before they got the equaliser courtesy of Labinot Haliti, pictured.

Others would have been blown away by the Roar; the black and red kept hanging in there.

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