Western Sydney Wanderers coach Tony Popovic.
Western Sydney Wanderers coach Tony Popovic. DAN HIMBRECHTS

Wanderers hitting their straps, says Popovic

WESTERN Sydney Wanderers coach Tony Popovic is confident his team is ready for a move up the A-League ladder, despite not winning in six games.

The Wanderers have drawn five and lost one since defeating bottom-placed Adelaide United 2-1 in round two.

They head to Gosford tonight to face a Central Coast Mariners outfit confident after defeating the Perth Glory 2-0 last week, but Popovic said he too was sure his team could get something from the game.

"I can only judge on what I see and it (the six-game winless streak) is not something we see as an issue or something we need to worry about overall,” he said.

Popovic said there were plenty of signs on the training pitch that his side, which welcomed a host of new players at the start of the season, was now beginning to hit its straps, particularly after a good performance in last week's 1-1 draw with the Brisbane Roar.

"We see the signs every day at training,” he said.

"That's why we are full of confidence and belief.

"We respect every opponent and we respect Central Coast and everything that (coach) Paul (Okon) is doing there but we are confident we can go there and win.”

Popovic said despite a number of new players coming in at the start of this campaign, he was now seeing a team forming and was sure the season would get better.

"Anyone who saw the game against Brisbane would say Western Sydney did not look like a team of new players,” he said.

"To have that after eight games is great and one can only imagine what it can be like after another eight games.”

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