Western Sydney attacking midfielder Mitch Nichols says it's exasperating to see his team at the bottom of the A-League pile when they are performing far better than their position suggests.
The Wanderers and crosstown rivals Sydney FC bookend the ladder after three rounds, with the Sky Blues outright top on seven points and the Wanderers lagging in last place with one.
But the results don't match the form of Tony Popovic's radically revamped outfit, who dominated Saturday's 1-0 Sydney derby loss and have produced some refined build-up play only to lack the finishing touch.
Nichols said the Wanderers were down about their defeat at Allianz Stadium, but was certain the goals would soon start flowing.
"It would be disappointing if we weren't creating chances, and it's up to us in the front half to start putting them away and start capitalising on some of that good work we're doing," he told AAP.
"It's not good to be on the bottom, but it's only three games. There's a lot of positives with the playing style this year ... and it's a new squad so it's going to take time.
"We've been doing the right things, and with a bit more polish in that front third we'll start banging the goals in and turning the results our way."
Nichols has been a standout performer, the fringe Socceroo terrorising defenders and scoring on debut in the Wanderers' opening 3-1 loss to Brisbane.
The team are still waiting for Italian marquee signing Federico Piovaccari to start scoring, after three rounds with minimal impact.
However just like his attitude towards the entire team, Popovic has been positive about the striker's gradual improvements.
Piovaccari will likely have to start combining with someone other than Romeo Castelen, with the pacy Dutch winger in serious doubt to face Perth on Sunday after injuring his hamstring early in the derby.
Nichols, who was on loan at the Glory from Japanese outfit Cerezo Osaka last season, said the loss of Castelen would be a blow.
"We've got a pretty big squad, and Bridgey (Mark Bridge) and Santa (Brendon Santalab) are almost back to full fitness. And Dario will be better for his run on the weekend.
"So we've got plenty of depth in the team, but it would be disappointing if Romeo's out for a while."