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Saturday, February 16, 2013
Wanderers still improving: Popovic

By Sam Lienert

Western Sydney Wanderers coach Tony Popovic believes his fledgling A-League team will get a lot better yet despite already being the competition's form side.

The Wanderers climbed within a point of the top-placed Central Coast Mariners - the only club they are yet to beat so far in their debut season - with Saturday night's 2-1 away win over Melbourne Victory at AAMI Park.

The Wanderers' second win over the Victory this season gave them a five-point buffer in second spot.

It stretched their winning streak to six, the league's best this season.

But Popovic said his club, which went winless and goal-less through their first three matches, then won four of their next eight, before notching eight wins and a draw from their past 10, was still getting better.

"Things don't happen overnight and we've certainly improved throughout the year in our attacking third and there's a lot more improvement to come," the Wanderers coach told reporters.

"We've still got a lot more to improve and a lot more to work on but obviously we're delighted with how we're travelling thus far."

The Wanderers were very impressive against the Victory.

The fierce pressure they applied denied the home side the time or space to find their rhythm at any stage.

Popovic had no fear of his team's momentum slipping in the run to the finals.

"We've been on a great run, that's six in a row, so the consistency is there," he said.

"We've shown that we can win consecutive games and we'll certainly do our very best to continue that.

"The players are very grounded and we've got a tough game against Perth next week and we'll certainly prepare as well if not better than we did for (the Victory)."

The Victory, who have now lost two in a row, face the Mariners next Saturday night and coach Ange Postecoglou said they were likely to again be without striker Archie Thompson, who missed the Wanderers clash with a hamstring injury.

"At this stage he's probably more unlikely than likely but we'll see how he goes," Postecoglou said.

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