Wanderers look to build on first point

November 21, 2014 11:23:13 UK

Wanderers keeper Ante Covic.

Ante Covic believes Western Sydney Wanderers can shrug off their poor start to the season, but will need to avoid complacency against Newcastle Jets.

The two teams meet at Pirtek Stadium on Saturday in a game of significance at the wrong end of the table.

It’s too early in the campaign to see it as round one in a two-team contest to avoid the wooden spoon, but both clubs are concerned at having failed to win so far this season.

Wanderers did at least pick up their first point of the campaign in midweek when they held Central Coast Mariners 0-0, and Covic says while they were looking for more it was at least a step in the right direction.

Having lost their first four matches of the season, all away from home, Tony Popovic’s side now have four consecutive home games to try to kick-start their campaign.

“Our first game at home, we really wanted to put our foot down and get back on track, but in ways we have got back on track,” said the keeper.

“Defensively we were solid, we limited their chances to half chances and on another night we would have put one, two, maybe three away. The performance was better and we have to build on that.”

Newcastle have just two draws to show for their first six games, but Covic says it would be a mistake to treat them lightly.

“The dangerous thing is to look at the table and say, they’re not doing well and this will be a walkover. Any team on their day can be a great team,” he added.

Western Sydney are 1.83 beat Newcastle Jets, who are 4.50, with the draw 3.40.

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