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Wanderers set for careful Jets in A-League

  • Wanderers set for careful Jets in A-League

Western Sydney marquee Dario Vidosic says the biggest sign the Wanderers are doing something right this A-League season is their opponents' tendency to park the bus.

And he expects Newcastle to do just that when his side travel to Hunter Stadium.

Saturday's clash will pit last season's wooden spooners the Jets against a team whose defensive playing style distinctively resembles the Wanderers of seasons past.

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Under coach Scott Miller, Newcastle have emerged as genuine finals contenders on the back of their ability to absorb pressure and sting on the counter-attack.

Until Tony Popovic's dramatic off-season overhaul, the Wanderers' coach had his squad applying the same strategy.

Now playing a more possession-based game with a Spanish infusion - and a trio of Spanish recruits - this time it will be the Asian champions attempting to break down their northern rivals.

The Wanderers have not yet mastered their new style, but have shown promising signs and will be riding on confidence from Sunday's first win of the season, a 1-0 home defeat of Perth.

Vidosic said results hadn't been an accurate indicator of form this campaign, believing other teams were frightened of attacking his side.

"We've proven with our football how we're playing that it's been very, very good," Vidosic said.

"We could be now probably top of the table or pushing very high up there with some of the points we dropped that we were disappointed with.

"The most positive thing we can take a lot of confidence from is that, every weekend, teams are trying to stop us.

"They're not willing to come and play football against us. We know we're going to face a lot of defensive teams, and I think this weekend will be no different."

Vidosic, who scored Sunday's winner in his first start for his new team, said the Wanderers were preparing to break down the Jets' wall.

"We know what to expect from them, they're going to sit off us and let us have the ball, and probably look to get it to their front three as quick as possible and catch us on our mistakes," he said.

"But if we're moving the ball around - and Perth was a similar style - we know if we play our football and try to create chances, we'll bury one or two as quick as possible hopefully.

"Then I think we'll be good enough to walk away with the three points."

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