Happy to win ugly: Fagan

Nanjing Night Net

Stuart Southall

ANOTHER State League Two loss has birthed a new perspective for Wagga City Wanderers coach Blaise Fagan.

The Dunbar Rovers defeated the Wanderers 4-1 at Gissing Oval on Saturday.

Fagan, previously advising the teamto“play beautiful football”regardless of the cost,has adopted a more ruthless approach.

“I’m dying to get a home win, I’m dying to get any win;in fact I’m happy to win ugly,” he said.

“The boys need a confidence boost.”

Inexperience upfront cost them the game on Saturday.

“We should have been up 2-0in first 10 minutes,” Fagan said.

“We missed a penalty in thethird minute, then we missed a shot on goal.”

Dunbar were up 2-0 at half-time, and continued their onslaught into the second half.

The Wanderers played cohesivelyin the last15 minutes.

“Their coach was going mental at the end of the game, because he reckoned they dropped their intensity, but I think it’s becausewe picked up ours,” Fagan said.

The Wanderers missed Scottish import Scott Graham, who’s outfor the season, as he tore a ligament last week.Graham has returned to Scotland.

“We finally hada striker who scored two goals in two games, and now he’s gone,” Fagan said.

On Saturday key midfielder Adrien Jolly was removed from playdue to a hand injury in a dangerous clash with aDunbar defender.

The defender remained unpenalised.

“I don’t understand, if we got a free kick, and the tackle was so strong, why didn’t he get the yellow card?”

Fagan substituted Jolly forTyler Allen, 17, who went on to score the Wanderers’ lone goal.

“He really hurt them with his speed,” Fagan said.

The Wanderers encounterSouthern Districts next week after a 4-3 loss to the second-ranked teamearlier in the season.

“This time Iwant to score three goals and shut up shop,” Fagan said.

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