Misfiring Wanderers need to strike against fragile Jets

Now two games without a goal and just two goals from their previous four matches, Western Sydney Wanderers need to start firing on Sunday against Newcastle Jets.

With Brendon Santalab only now returning to the side following a three game suspension and Kerem Bulut released, the red and black attack has been relying heavily on young gun Lachlan Scott.

Though Scott couldn’t stop firing for the youth team last season and has plenty of potential, he has so far drawn blanks for the senior side and is likely shouldering too much too soon.

Fellow young gun striker Abraham Majok made the bench last week but hasn’t featured as yet with the burden of netting resting solely on Scott for the past three weeks.

With super-sub Santalab’s suspension now over, he should feature in some capacity on Sunday against the Jets at Campbelltown Stadium, in a game the Wanderers really should find the back of the net at least once.

While Santalab’s simple return will be a big boost, a leaky Newcastle defence is something Western Sydney will be looking to take full advantage of.

Conceding ten goals in their last four games, a rotating backline for the Jets has been easy pickings for most sides.

Between constant injuries, a reliance on inexperienced defenders and a style of play that often sees them exposed at the back, Newcastle are an ideal team for the red and back to rediscover some form in attack.

With the Jets sitting seventh, just two points ahead of the now eighth placed Wanderers, Western Sydney really must start firing to keep themselves firmly in the race for a finals finish.

As they prepare to welcome the Jets to their adoptive home of Campbelltown Stadium on Sunday afternoon, the red and black will be buoyed by the fact they have only ever experienced wins at the venue.

Their one previous A-League game at the ground was a 2-1 victory against the Jets in 2013, while an FFA Cup game against the Wellington Phoenix saw them claim a comeback win in August last year.

Without a win in six straight A-League games and struggling to find the back of the net, the Wanderers will be hoping Sunday sees their fortunes take a turn for the better.

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