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Popovic hails his scorer Piovaccari

  • Popovic hails his scorer Piovaccari

Western Sydney coach Tony Popovic says he has never been in any doubt that marquee man Federico Piovaccari would fire for his club despite struggling in his short A-League career to date.

Piovaccari found the net in the Wanderers' 3-0 stroll over Melbourne City on Friday night, diving in to poke home a Scott Neville cross as City's defence stood static.

The goal was not without controversy; City's defence raged when the referee chose not to acknowledge his assistant's offside flag in the build-up.

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After a brief brouhaha, the goal stood and after the match, Popovic revealed his admiration for his Italian signing.

"Pio is like our club, our team," he said.

"We knew he would come, we've got faith in him, as we had after three games when we didn't win.

"We know what direction we're heading, we didn't get too despondent after the first three games and we won't get carried away either."

The win was a milestone for the Wanderers.

It's the first time in over two years since their last streak of three straight wins, and a first away clean sheet in 21 matches.

The victory was achieved through midfield domination, with Spanish axis Andreu and Dimas providing a platform for Mitch Nichols to run riot.

Popovic - whose side now sits third on the young A-League ladder - was eager to laud his side.

"Three on the spin, regardless of how you do it, when you do it, is always a very good achievement," he said.

"Two consecutive away wins as well, it's not easy to do.

"I envisage us getting better and hopefully improved performances can maintain the results."

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