Western Sydney Wanderers coach Tony Popovic believes there is more to come from his side, even after their seventh-straight A-League win
|By STEVE ORME
Western Sydney Wanderers coach Tony Popovic is adamant complacency will not be an issue after his side consolidated second spot in the A-League with a 1-0 victory over Perth Glory.
The competition newcomers extended their winning streak to a remarkable seven games with a hard-fought win over a fired-up Glory in wet and windy conditions at Parramatta Stadium.
After the match, a proud Popovic revealed he would celebrate his side's win with "a glass of wine" but said his players were far from finished this season.
"We've won seven straight so if that [complacency] was a problem it would have come up before," Popovic said.
"The players are very grounded and they want to improve, they want to get better and they want more, so they're very hungry.
"That doesn't guarantee you a win or guarantee you the next result, but it guarantees that the players will be level headed and the players will do their upmost in their preparation to be ready for their next game."
The Wanderers were not at their fluent best but found a way to win, with Aaron Mooy's deflected goal in the 58th minute the difference between the teams.
The win momentarily moved the Wanderers to the top of the table but Central Coast reclaimed first spot immediately with a 6-2 demolition of Melbourne Victory.
The Wanderers will travel up the F3 to Gosford next Saturday night in a mouth-watering top-of-the-table clash.
"I'm just happy with this win and then tomorrow morning we'll certainly start thinking of this week and Central Coast which is a big game," Popovic said.
"I think the players have earned the right to play in a big game, they're looking forward to it and everyone at the club is and I'm sure our fans will enjoy another great away trip.
"I've got to mention the fans again because everyone knew what the weather would be like and when you see those numbers come out to support the team, it is something unique and it is something special that we're building here and they play a big part.
"I'm really pleased because they'll go home wet but they'll go home happy."
Interim Glory coach Alistair Edwards, meanwhile is still daring to dream of playing finals this season despite the loss.
The defeat leaves the Glory stranded in ninth spot on the ladder, five points behind the sixth-placed Newcastle Jets and Sydney FC [fifth] with five games to play.
"Most definitely," Edwards said when asked if finishing inside the top six was still a realistic goal.
"We're not going to give up until it's mathematically impossible for us to get in there and I think we'll get better as every single game goes, so I'm looking forward to that.
"We've got players like Josh Risdon who I thought was fantastic tonight – a young WA boy – coming into the squad and training with us and learning from the likes of Liam Miller and those types of top-class players."