Bite-sized news for you to chew over - Wanderers chief on front foot over hooliganism, Lustica's San Siro delight and more
Western Sydney Wanderers chief executive Lyall Gorman says his club's supporters not deserve to be dragged into accusations of widespread hooliganism. Trouble has broken out in two matches in Sydney during pre-season preparations for A-League clubs, with fans of the Wanderers linked with both incidents. "It's disappointing that we're being criticised for the actions of one mug [in August 19's friendly between the Wanderers and New South Wawles Premier League club Sydney United] who decided to throw a firecracker who wasn't tied to the club," Gorman told AAP. "Wanderers fans, as a supporters group, have been totally on base with their behaviour and attitude. There's no issue we need to worry about."
Steven Lustica has described being involved in Hajduk Split's 2-0 Europa League win over Inter Milan and the San Siro as his career highlight. The 21-year-old former Gold Coast United midfielder came on as an 83rd-minute substitute as Hajduk just failed to force the tie to extra time, having lost 3-0 in the first leg in Split. But the experience still delighted Lustica, who has been consistently involved for his club this season. "To play against Inter Milan in a Europa Cup game and beat them 2-0 at the Stadio Meazza was the greatest moment of my football career," Lustica told Green and Gold Army. "It has also been described as one of Hajduk Split's greatest victories in its 100 year history. The atmosphere is a little hard to describe a crowd of 44,000 of which, 4,000 were Torcida fans [Hajduk Split supporters]. Torcida outsung and outvoiced the Inter Milan fans on their own home ground. It was like the home game in Split one week earlier."
Newcastle Jets assistant coach Craig Deans believes the battle for first XI spots at the club is hotting up as pre-season ticks along. "There's only six weeks until the first game so we can start to focus on things that are a little more specific to certain positions," Deans told the club's website. "People who are fighting for positions are really going to be working hard to put their hand up before the season begins. It is going to be an interesting six weeks but I think everyone is looking forward to it." Taylor Regan is the perfect example, believes Deans, with the central defender handed a chance to impress alongside Josh Mitchell at centre back with Tiago suspended and Connor Chapman on national youth duty: "That's what it's all about. You get certain moments in your career during a game, or during a season where you have an opportunity to put your hand up and make a difference to cement your place in the team," Deans said.