Tony Popovic says he’s pleased with the team’s recent results and there’s some healthy competition brewing between players as the season heads into the business end.
Despite missing two key players in leading goal scorer Brendon Santalab and midfielder Mitch Nichols, the Wanderers swept aside Newcastle Jets 3-0 on Saturday night, a feat which Popovic says is testament to the squad’s depth.
“It’s a good group that we have,” Popovic said after the game.
“We had three youngsters out there starting a game and doing well.
“We’ve got players that are 19 and 20 years old contributing. The experience they’ve had this year will only benefit them.
“We have our captain Dimas on the bench and we’re without Brendon [Santalab] and Mitch [Nichols] for this match, so there’s some real good healthy competition for places now,” he said.
The Red & Black claimed their third consecutive win in the Hyundai A-League and entered the sheds at half time with two goals under their belt, something that Popovic believed was important in sealing the result.
“All games are difficult in the Hyundai A-League and we didn’t expect anything different.
“It was nice to get that second goal where you get that 2-0 lead at half time which was a good lead to carry into the second half.
“Then the first 15 minutes was important to not let the crowd into the game with Newcastle scoring and lifting their confidence.
“Once we got through that period it was comfortable after that,” he said.
The Red & Black will now switch their focus to Saturday’s clash against Melbourne Victory at ANZ Stadium and Popovic insists there’s still plenty to be done heading into the last two matches of the regular season.
“The players are pleased, we are all pleased at the Club and we are all pleased for those fans who travelled to Newcastle and were fantastic for the whole night.
“We’ve got to move onto Victory and there’s still a lot of work to do for us,” he said.