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Vidosic ready to strike again at Pirtek

  • Vidosic ready to strike again at Pirtek

Western Sydney marquee man Dario Vidosic hopes he can light up Pirtek Stadium again when the Wanderers host Wellington on Saturday.

Vidosic became an instant fan favourite three weeks ago when he sealed his new club's first win of the season on his debut start.

The 27-year-old playmaker will this weekend return to Wanderland for the first time since that 1-0 victory over Perth and have the support of a perennially impassioned home crowd.

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They will see a fitter Vidosic too, with the fringe Socceroo starting the past two matches on the road - wins against Newcastle and Melbourne City.

He says the tank is now staying fuller for longer.

"I've still got a bit to go," Vidosic said.

"I'm always trying to push myself as hard as possible to try to get up to speed as quickly as I can.

"But I understand it'll take a little bit of time to get full match fitness and to get the good feeling in the legs.

"I feel as though I'm recovering much better after games - it's not taking me three or four days to get the feeling back.

"Also during games I feel I can last a little bit longer and am not as bad after a few sprints."

Another win would lift the Wanderers to 13 points - equal with current ladder leaders Melbourne Victory, though second-placed Brisbane (13 points) and third-placed Sydney FC (11 points) are still yet to play this round.

Vidosic knows the Phoenix will put up a "stern test" but he's backing his defence to hold out the attacking Kiwi side and allow he and his fellow forwards to keep the goals flowing.

Off the field, he's confident the fans can be relied upon to provide the extra momentum needed and rebuild the home fortress that has delivered success in the past.

"Our fans are like a 12th man for us," Vidosic said.

"The atmosphere they create, how loud they make it, it's that extra push."

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