Reborn Wanderers rise from their own ashes

Jaushua Sotirio in action for the Wanderers. Photo: Tony Feder/Getty Images
Jaushua Sotirio in action for the Wanderers. Photo: Tony Feder/Getty Images

AFTER enduring a slow start to the A-League season, Western Sydney is starting to click, says forward Jaushua Sotirio.

The Wanderers have won their past three games and will take that momentum into their clash against Wellington at Pirtek Stadium tonight.

The red and black outfit recorded a controversial but impressive 3-0 win away to Melbourne City last round, after victories over Perth and Newcastle.

Sotirio came on after 82 minutes against City and just two minutes later assisted Mark Bridge's 50th A-League goal with a beautiful in and away run, before unleashing the 30-year-old with a direct cross.

With a stack of new recruits for this season, Sotirio said his team just needed to show some patience, after not registering a win in its first three league matches.

"It just took us some time to gel and get better," Sotirio told APN.

"We feel we're starting to play at a higher level now."

The Wanderers - who finished second-last in the 2014/15 season with just four wins and 29 goals - certainly have plenty of attacking threats this summer.

Former Brisbane Roar star Mitch Nichols has brought plenty of creativity to the midfield, scoring in the past two games.

Another former Brisbane player, Dario Vidosic, has also impressed up front, scoring the winner against the Glory, which kick-started the Wanderers' three-match winning streak.

"Mitch and Dario are going very well for us and creating a lot of chances - we did that against Melbourne City which was very pleasing," Sotirio said.

The 20-year-old, who re-signed for this season earlier this year and has played in all six of the Wanderers' league games, said Wellington still would pose a threat to his team's unbeaten run, however.

"They've got some quality players who can hurt us," Sotirio said.

"Roly Bonevacia is in great form for them and scoring some goals."

Sotirio will continue working his backside off - the same backside he used to score his first A-League goal against Perth in round six last season - to try and earn a longer contract.

The inner west-Sydney junior said he was enjoying playing under ruthless trainer and coach Tony Popovic.

"He gets the best out of us and pushes us to reach our maximum capacity," Sotirio said.

Experienced Spanish midfielder Alberto has been promoted to the Wanderers' match-day squad, along with Josh Macdonald.

Michael McGlinchey, Louis Fenton and Tom Doyle return from international duty for the Phoenix.

Both teams have three wins, one draw and two losses so far in 2015/16, with the Wanderers fourth and the Phoenix sixth.

Wellington has only lost once in its past six A-League encounters with the Wanderers, with three wins and two draws.

But that defeat was in its last league meeting, Western Sydney winning that 2-0 last season.


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