Gombau takes blame for heavy derby defeat

Dec 9, 2017 - 4:31 PM Josep Gombau has taken full responsibility for Western Sydney's record 5-0 Sydney derby loss but remains adamant his A-League project will come good.

The Wanderers suffered their worst-ever defeat at the hands of the champions on Saturday night, a result compounded by Gombau's curious selection shake-up.

Youngster Lachlan Scott, who'd played zero minutes this season, got the nod ahead of Brendon Santalab in the absence of injured striker Oriol Riera.

Nineteen-year-old Keanu Baccus was handed the second start of his career in holding midfield while right-back Josh Risdon was shifted forward to the wing. leaving a number of regular starters on the bench.

"From training I made the team that I think can do the best job and follow what I am asking to do," Gombau said.

"Scott is doing well in training and Oriol is injured. I thought he can do the job.

"Santa is a player for us who can bring a lot but we decide to start Scott."

Scott scored an own goal and Sydney added the other four at ANZ Stadium, leaving captain Robbie Cornthwaite so angry he hardly spoke to media other than to say "it's not good enough".

Gombau was more positive, keeping faith in his evolution despite three losses and one draw since taking the job.

"For me, the players are trying to do what the coach is asking that they do," he said.

"I assume all the responsibility of this big loss.

"I want to send my apologies to the fans who come to support our team.

"But for me, the team I am watching there are improvements in the way we want to play.

"Today is a starting point and it's not good, but the finish point will be good.

"In Kitchee in Hong Kong my first year was very difficult, second year was fantastic, we won the league.

"In Adelaide we start very slowly and after that we play good football and score more goals in the league."

With a full roster, Gombau ruled out recruiting any new players in the January transfer window.

Source: AAP

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