Western Sydney have now gone three games without a win but coach Tony Popovic says the team is still in a good position.
Western Sydney have recorded the longest winless streak in the club’s short history but coach Tony Popovic insists it’s not all bad.
The Wanderers have now gone three games without tasting victory after drawing 1-1 with the last-placed Melbourne Heart on Saturday.
They still sit second on the table but top-dogs Brisbane have widened the gap to five points, and Newcastle, the Wanderers’ opponents this weekend, have closed to within just one point after their win over Melbourne Victory on Sunday.
But Popovic says he’s not reaching for the panic button just yet.
“It’s not too bad,” he said ahead of training on Monday.
“I don’t think that there’s anything lacking.
“If you’re looking at results alone, then yes, in three games we haven’t won but that’s about as far as it goes for me.
“We’re sitting in second place… of course there are many areas we want to improve.
“But we’re only a third of the way through the season and we’re in a good position at the moment.”
Meanwhile the Wanderers have extended striker Labinot Haliti’s contract until the end of the 2015/16 season.
But Popovic insists he’s still in no rush to secure new deals with marquee man Shinji Ono and Youssouf Hersi.
Popovic praised the former Newcastle frontman.
“He’s a player that epitomises what this club is about,” Popovic said.
“He loves the area, he lives in the area and he puts his heart and soul into this football club – and you see that in every day that he trains and every game that he plays.
“We love him at this club and we’re delighted that he’s staying.”
Both Ono and Hersi are off contract at the end of the current season and have strongly expressed a desire to stay on.
And despite reports other clubs may be circling, Popovic says he feels no pressure to put pen to paper just yet.
“No,” he said.
“You expect other clubs to be interested in those type of players.
“They’re great players.
“But we’re comfortable with where we’re at with both players at this present stage.”
Ono made his comeback from a groin injury off the bench on Saturday but Western Sydney look set to still be without young gun striker Tomi Juric (knee) for the Jets clash.
Popovic says he’s likely to return for their next match at home against the Central Coast.