Wanderers one step closer to the Premier’s Plate

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A 1-0 win against the Newcastle Jets at Hunter Stadium on Sunday put the Western Sydney Wanderers one step closer to finishing the regular season in the top spot.

Youngster Jaushua Sotirio scored the only goal in the Wanderers win over Newcastle and after a tough season trying to break into the starting 11, Popovic believes it’s a goal well deserved.

“We’ve been obviously working on Jaush and he’s been working so hard to try and get some more end product,” said Popovic.

“He showed great composure on his weaker foot and its what the young boy deserves.

“He’s doing a great job for us this year and he showed again today he’s maturing and improving.”

The three points earned in the match up will go a long way toward finishing the season on top and will give the Wanderers a good start to their preparations for a big match up against Adelaide United on Saturday.

“A win away from home 1-0, our first clean sheet in a while, we would have taken that before the game,” Popovic said.

“Yes what was missing was the finishing touch, but with the players we have if we keep creating those opportunities it will fall.”

Western Sydney sit in second position behind Brisbane only on goal difference and only two points in front of a first placed Adelaide.

Both teams have shown their strength and resilience this season and both will surely be putting their all into the match.

Popovic believes their week-by-week approach to games has played in their favour and should continue coming into the final rounds of the season.

“We need to do what we did this week,” said Popovic.

“All week the players prepared very well for our game.

“There was no talk about any other team or what will happen if this team wins, what will happen if that team wins, our soul focus was on our performance and our result against Newcastle.

“We will do the same against Adelaide in front of our home fans, they can expect a group of players that will be ready for this match.”

“We’re in a great position.

“A 1-0 win away from home, I don’t think anyone would be disappointed with that so we go home very happy.

“Of course we can always do better, we’re a club that’s always striving to improve our game and we’ll do that again this week.”

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