Wanderers coach Tony Popovic admits his side must fine tune their finishing but feels they’re on the verge of demolishing a whoever they face in the finals.
They’re among the A-League’s lowest scoring teams this season but Western Sydney coach Tony Popovic feels his side is primed to deliver the goals needed to demolish whoever they face in the finals.
The Wanderers held premiers Brisbane to a 1-1 draw at Parramatta Stadium on Saturday but were yet again left ruing missed opportunities.
The likes of Shinji Ono, who was farewelled in his last home game of the regular season, Brendon Santalab, Aaron Mooy, Kwabena Appiah and Nikolai Topor-Stanley all had shots but failed to find the back of the net.
In the end it was late substitute Tomi Juric who did, levelling for the hosts after Roar’s Liam Miller broke the deadlock.
“It’s the story of our season,” Popovic said.
“If you look we’ve probably had the most shots in the league but we just haven’t converted enough.
“I know that group of players is good enough to get the goals and maybe that will happen during the finals and we’ll demolish a team.
“I feel that performance is certainly coming.”
Popovic was right, the Wanderers have had more shots than any other team except Melbourne Heart this season, but sit at the bottom of the list when it comes to their conversion rate.
They have so far scored 31 goals this campaign, the same amount as Central Coast with only struggling Perth scoring less (27).
Despite this the Wanderers are second on the table with the Mariners’ 3-1 loss to Perth on Saturday dropping them to third.
The Central Coast however, are equal on points with the Wanderers with both Adelaide and Melbourne Victory just a further point behind meaning the race for the prized runners-up position will go down to the final round.
But wherever they finish on the ladder Popovic feels his side have proven their remarkable maiden campaign, where they won the Premiers Plate and make the grand final, wasn’t a fluke.
“I think they’ve already proved that,” he said.
“In the short existence of this club we’ve always had pressure,
“We had pressure at the start that we won’t win a game and then pressure about when is the bubble going to burst and now this year can we maintain those high standards,
“I believe we certainly have. We’re in the finals again and we can still finish second.”