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Castelen thriving at attacking Wanderers

  • Castelen thriving at attacking Wanderers

His man-of-the-match performance brimmed with individual skill, but Romeo Castelen would like to thank his producers and stylists.

The Western Sydney winger credited his teammates for his role in undoing reigning champions Melbourne Victory on Saturday night in the biggest sign yet he could become the Wanderers' spark in their title push.

In front of 17,000 fans at Pirtek Stadium, Castelen was superb.

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The 32-year-old had quality defender Daniel Georgievski in his back pocket for most of the thrilling 2-0 affair and was customarily lightning quick on and off the ball.

Though there were still moments he seemed at risk of bungling the finish as he has been prone, sophistication was there when it counted.

Castelen provided the cross for Mark Bridge's opener and scored the second all by himself for his first goal of the season.

It was fitting reward for the spurts of fine form he's shown this campaign and last, both impeded by injuries.

Wanderers coach Tony Popovic felt the Dutchman had produced better games, but his counterpart Kevin Muscat said his "outstanding" display was the difference in the key moments.

Castelen himself was relishing the Wanderers' revolutionised attack-minded style, and his teammates for bringing the best out of him.

"We play a possession-based game and attack is the main role as well," he said.

"If you have the ball the other team cannot score so it's less running defensively.

"We press very high and that's very good for me because now we win the ball up higher and we can be more dangerous.

"It's very pleasing to play in this system."

Castelen admitted his first season with Popovic's side had been tough, exacerbated by hard pitches and lots of travel for the Asian Champions League.

But after seven wins on the bounce, he was backing the table-toppers to shine again next weekend away to Perth Glory.

"I think the boys today did fantastic," Castelen said.

"Even I came into the dressing and said to the boys, `Unbelievable how we press. I think (Besart) Berisha had no space to breathe and all the time three or four defenders around him.

"And all over the pitch teammates were backing each other up.

"That was the key, that we were very aggressive when we didn't have the ball, and when we had the ball we kept the composure. It was a great win."

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