After an uninspiring performance against Perth Glory on Sunday night Western Sydney Wanderers find themselves facing an immense uphill battle for the season’s remaining fixtures.

And it seems almost certain the Red and Black will be nudged out of a spot in the top six.

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The loss against Sydney FC a week prior was excusable; their rivals up until this round had seemed unconquerable. However a draw against Perth Glory during this tender stage of the season has left the Wanderers without so much as the slightest room for error.

Even the usually optimistic coach Josep Gombau didn’t dance around the Wanderers current do or die predicament.

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“We want to have something this year, to be in the top four,” he said.

“These types of games you need to win at home,

“We have three more in front that we need to be sure we win.

“If not then we don’t deserve to be there.”

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All the signs pointed to a win for Gombau’s side who enjoyed a three game unbeaten stint before their loss to Sydney FC.

None of the form which had enabled them to etch out impressive performances, most notably a 2-2 draw against the accomplished Newcastle Jets, seemed to carry over on Sunday night.

During the second half in particular the entire outfit seemed disjointed and lethargic and simply didn’t test Liam Reddy and the Perth rearguard.

Gombau admitted that the display was especially troubling considering that the creativity usually generated between the pairing of Marcelo Carrusca and Alvaro Cejudo in the midfield was astray.

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“We put a team in the park that should have the ball, should have the tempo,” he explained post match.

“Alvaro and Marcelo have a lot of attributes and they make a lot of good things with the ball, but they’re not players to run from box to box for ninety minutes.”

The result leaves the door right open for Brisbane Roar to swoop in and knock the Wanderers out of their sixth place mantle as just two points now separate the sides.

A result against Wellington Phoenix is expected, but from there it’s back to back fixtures against the particularly imposing Melbourne City and Melbourne Victory before a final clash against the Roar to see of the season.

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Using Sunday’s performance as a yardstick it seems unlikely that the Wanderers will emerge from their final four fixtures unscathed unless a drastic turnaround occurs in these coming decisive rounds.

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Bachelor of Journalism student from the University of Wollongong, covering Western Sydney Wanderers for the 2017/18 season.