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Coach Tony Popovic has faith Western Sydney can regroup quickly from Saturdays A-League Sydney derby humbling in time for next weekends grand-final rematch with Adelaide. Cheap Celtics Jerseys China .The Wanderers went down 4-0 in front of more than 61,000 fans at ANZ Stadium, after being picked apart by Sydney FC.It leaves Popovics side winless in eight games against their cross-city rivals, a hoodoo that will extend to more than three years before they meet again in January.The club also remains without a round-one victory in its fifth season.Despite that unenviable round one record, the notoriously slow-starting Wanderers have made three grand finals in the last four seasons.They wont get freaked out by that result Popovic said.Thats certainly not something we have to worry about at all.Id be worried if theyre not disappointed - Im disappointed.But that wont be an issue.Although Popovic struggled to see positives from such an emphatic defeat, he agreed with Sydney coach Graham Arnold that the scoreline wasnt a true reflection of the contest.There were moments when the Wanderers could have turned around their fortunes, but for their own profligacy in front of goal and some brilliant shot-stopping from Danny Vukovic.Kerem Bulut was twice easily thwarted by the Sydney gloveman, who then charged from his line to deny Mitch Nichols a certain goal that would have got them back in the game.Popovic said Sydney simply played the big moments better.The first two goals were very soft on our behalf, he said.But then at 2-0 we created numerous opportunities to go 2-1 and really be right back in the game.But we didnt take them.Then we got a send off and they scored direct. We got punished for everything.Nimble Japanese winger Jumpei Kusukami was a rare positive for the hosts and one that could yield fruits throughout the season, while Argentine marquee Nicolas Martinez impressed in a 20-minute cameo off the bench.Aritz Borda will be suspended for next Fridays away encounter with reigning champions Adelaide after being red-carded for bringing down Alex Brosque in the last 10 minutes.Centre-back Robert Cornthwaite was incredibly lucky not to join him for his reckless two-footed challenge that took down Bobo and triggered a heated first-half brawl.Im always going to try to win my challenges, whether its a derby or a normal game, Cornthwaite said.If the ball is there to be won Im going to try and win the ball.You want to be aggressive and set the tone, but I never go in to injure anyone.I did get the ball, and maybe it was a bit reckless, but the referee deemed it a yellow card. Cheap Celtics Jerseys .ca looks back at the stories and moments that made the year memorable. Cheap Boston Celtics Jerseys . LOUIS -- Lance Lynn was one of the more enthusiastic participants as the St. http:///...bert-williams-jersey . And when it opened, every player was at his stall. Thats a sure sign that a team is in a slump and is searching for answers. "Its embarrassing to be at home and play the way we did," said defenceman Josh Gorges. ATLANTA -- Georgia Tech has already locked up its spot in a bowl game.Thats not enough for the Yellow Jackets.Coming off an upset at Virginia Tech, coach Paul Johnsons team is eager to keep pushing toward a nine-win season. The Jackets (6-4, 3-4 Atlantic Coast Conference) will need to win out to accomplish that goal, beginning with Saturdays game against Virginia.Johnson noted that Georgia Tech has reached nine wins only seven times in the last three decades.I dont think anybody on our team wanted to be 6-6 when the season started, he said. You have goals and you try to play for them. My job as a coach is when it looks like those initial goals are gone, try to find a carrot to stick in front of them to say, `Hey, heres what were trying to do now.Virginia (2-8, 1-5) doesnt have much left to play for except pride. The Cavaliers are mired in a five-game losing streak under first-year coach Bronco Mendenhall.These kids are resilient and theyre tough, said Mendenhall, who is assured of his first losing season in 12 years as a head coach. The outcome and the record at this point doesnt show. But my internal day-to-day with these guys is really, really enjoyable. I think theres a super foundation being laid at least in terms of expectation.---Some other things to watch for when Georgia Tech hosts Virginia at Bobby Dodd Stadium:NEW QUARTERBACK: Virginia is going back to a familiar name at quarterback. Fifth-year senior Matt Johns is getting a chance to close out his up-and-down career as the starter, taking over for struggling Kurt Benkert. Johns started 15 games the past two years but had not played any quarterback this season until he took over for Benkert in last weeks loss to Miami. This is a little bit different experience, because I havent played all year, Johns said. But I think having the experience from the past couple years is beneficial going into this situation, in terms of knowing how to attack a game plan and move forward to be successful on Saturday.THOMAS RETURNS: Justin Thomas is set to return at quarterback for Georgia Tech after sitting out last weeks game with an injury. Thomas ranks second on the team in ruushing with 561 yards and five touchdowns, and hes thrown for 1,168 yards with seven TDs and only one interception. Wholesale Celtics Jerseys. While backup Matthew Jordan did a brilliant job running the offense against Virginia Tech, rushing for 121 yards and two scores, Thomas is the teams unquestioned offensive leader and provides more of a threat in the passing game.MENDENHALL VS. TRIPLE OPTION: The Virginia coach is familiar with Georgia Techs unique triple-option offense, having coached against it twice -- and easily winning both meetings -- in his previous post at Brigham Young. Also while at BYU, he had plenty of experience facing a similar scheme at Air Force, going 5-1 against the Falcons. Hes proven that he knows what hes doing stopping the option offense, Cavaliers linebacker Zach Bradshaw said. Im sure whatever we do this week, if we execute it like were supposed to, will work.IMPROVED DEFENSE: After getting torched for 1,195 yards and 83 points in its two previous games, Georgia Tech came up with a stout defensive effort against Virginia Tech. The Yellow Jackets forced four turnovers and shut down the Hokies until giving up meaningless touchdowns on their final two possessions. We got a little juice going. I hope we can carry it over, Johnson said. Im sure they were tired of hearing about their struggles.JOHNSONS FUTURE: There has been speculation about Johnsons future, especially with Georgia Tech bringing on a new athletic director, Todd Stansbury. The Yellow Jackets went 3-9 a year ago, and a three-game losing streak knocked them out of contention for the ACC title this season. Johnson said hes proud of his record in nine years at Georgia Tech and doesnt worry about his job security. If they think they can get somebody better, they ought to go get `em, he said. Thats certainly their right.---Follow Paul Newberry on Twitter at www.twitter.com/pnewberry1963 . His work can be found at http://bigstory.ap.org/content/paul-newberry .---For more college football coverage: www.collegefootball.ap.org ' ' '

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