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Wanderers sense A-League success coming

  • Wanderers sense A-League success coming

Tony Popovic always wants more and his improving Western Sydney squad are hoping to give their relentless coach a first A-League victory against Sydney FC.

With only one point under their belts after two rounds, the Wanderers don't look on paper like putting up much of a fight against last season's grand finalists at a packed-out Allianz Stadium on Saturday.

Their 3-1 opening loss to Brisbane was littered with defensive errors, prompting memories of a horror last campaign.

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However, amid the inconsistencies have been glimpses of the magic, as Popovic's completely revamped playing group begins to crystallise.

The weekend's 1-1 draw with Adelaide signalled more encouraging signs of what the new Wanderers are capable of - if they can better capitalise on chances.

Popovic has so far been pleased with some fine build-up play in his new possession-based style, with Romeo Castelen, Mitch Nichols and Andreu among the standouts.

Andreu senses his coach will soon start seeing the side's performances convert to results.

"Always he wants more, because he is a winner," said the midfielder, one of three Spaniards who joined the side in the off-season.

"But he's happy because we are working very hard during the week ... the team is always training to get this style and we're always improving.

"In defence it's proving hard but in offence we try to play forward and it's what we tried in Adelaide.

"We created a lot of lot chances against Adelaide and the result could have been very different."

Andreu was the perpetrator of an incredibly lucky own goal against the Reds, when former Wanderer Tarek Elrich sent a cross into the box only for the ball to deflect wickedly off Andreu and loop into the back of the net with keeper Andrew Redmayne rooted to the spot.

The 32-year-old brought proceedings back to balance, taking advantage of a weak Elrich clearance and picking out the top corner.

"It was many emotions," Andreu said of his second-ever A-League match, while Redmayne joked that his teammate "got one on me".

"If he tried to do it again, he probably couldn't," Redmayne said. "But that's football, you can't predict what's going to happen."

The odds have Sydney as moderate favourites.

They will be further boosted if marquee signing Dario Vidosic makes his much-anticipated start, with striker Mark Bridge also in contention after recovering from a groin injury.

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