We haven’t achieved anything yet – Popovic

Western Sydney Wanderers look finals bound after confidently dispatching of Melbourne City 3-1 at Spotless Stadium.

But despite his side, who currently sit sixth, going eight points clear of seventh placed Wellington Phoenix, coach Tony Popovic is refusing to get ahead of himself.

“We want to keep continuing with the results, we’re not comfortable,” he said.

“We haven’t achieved anything yet. We haven’t even secured a finals spot.

“So my comfort level exists until next week where we have to prepare, just one week at a time, and Newcastle is the focus.”

All three of the Wanderers goals were struck by Brendon Santalab who secured his first hat-trick for the red and black.

Popovic, as always, full of praise for the striker who is contracted to the Wanderers for another season.

“He just keeps performing, keeps delivering,” he said.

“At our club we’re not surprised to see what he does. It’s about us now making sure he can keep producing like that whenever he plays.

“He’s here for another year because he deserves to be here. We’ve never doubted Brendon.”

It wasn’t such a pleasant night for Melbourne City coach Michael Valkanis who saw Santalab head home two goals in a matter of minutes.

“In the second half there was a period Western Sydney really got on top of us early on and within a space of four or five minutes they scored two goals,” he said.

“It’s disappointing how we conceded those goals and very frustrated with that first 15 minutes. That’s where the game was lost.”

The disgruntled City manager disappointed in a defence lacking a player he clearly thinks very highly of.

“We’re missing Michael Jakobsen, the best defender in the A-League,” he said.

“I don’t think we’ve lost many games with Michael in the line-up. Because of the experience he brings and the leadership he brings.

“There was a period of five minutes where we weren’t focused, two crosses, two goals.”

The 3-1 result sees the Wanderers just five points adrift of third place City ensuring that though the teams in the top six looks set, the order of them is anything but.

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