Captain Dylan McGowan on our recent form and change in mentality this season.
McGowan and the Wanderers were led back to form last week against Western United in what was a gritty and determined performance away from home by the Red & Black.
It was vital for the Wanderers to get all three points to continue building momentum and to stop a small slide of negative results which could have seen them lose three on the trot.
“I think it was important to stop the results we had in the previous two matches,” said McGowan.
“For us to get another away win is important, we need to start picking up points on the road and we have two home games to look forward to this week.”
Alongside the three points thanks to a neat goal from midfielder Jordon Mutch, the Wanderers held on tightly to an important clean sheet.
The clean sheet is only the Wanderers third of the season with the outcome proving to be essential for the Wanderers confidence heading into another busy week of matches.
“It’s obviously important, we were conceding goals going into that game so it was important that our whole defensive unit kept a clean sheet to get that confidence back up,” explained McGowan.
“I think at the start of the season, we defended well as a whole but when you do leak goals at home, it really hurts.
“It was stopping that slide we were on, so we’ve done that now and it’s building on that.”
McGowan was part of the Wanderers very disappointing finish to last season and has noticed a shift in the team’s mentality under the new guard of head coach Carl Robinson.
“I think you can tell that the mentality of the squad this season is different,” explained McGowan.
“We’ve gone behind a couple of times and we’ve managed to grind out results.
“We’ve had spells in games where our backs have been on the wall, so it’s important to make sure we are on our game from the get go.
“It’s important for us to start games really well and dominate games for longer periods.
The Wanderers have had the week off to prepare for two matches in one week, first up facing Wellington Phoenix on Monday night before a quick turn-around to Perth Glory on Friday.
Looking back at the Red & Black’s previous meeting against Wellington, McGowan and the Wanderers will be looking to get more than a point out of the fixture.
“We were disappointed with the draw and that just speaks volumes, that we’re going away from home and we’re feeling disappointed that we’re only coming back with a point,” said McGowan.
“It’s about correcting what we do in that game and the moments that we had that weren’t perfect.
“For long spells in that game we did dominate so it’s all about doing the right things this time.”