New faces may be key for Wanderers

THREE weeks without a win may not be a form slump for most teams, but the Western Sydney Wanderers will travel to Newcastle on Saturday keen to get their 2013-14 A-League campaign back on track.

After their 1-1 draw at Pirtek Stadium, Parramatta on the weekend, the Wanderers are still second on the ladder after nine rounds.

But they have conceded a five point gap to frontrunners Brisbane Roar.

So it's not panic stations just yet for Tony Popovic's boys, but after a mixed performance against the hapless Heart — who haven't won a game yet this season — the coach may be tempted to freshen his line-up.

Some of the Wanderers players look a little jaded, which shows in an attacking style that lacks ideas at the moment.

The Heart shocked the Wanderers on Saturday night before almost 15,000 fans when they scored first in the 38th minute.

But their joy was shortlived, when just six minutes later western suburbs product Aaron Mooy lined up the ball just outside the penalty box and slammed it into the right corner.

It's true that the Wanderers dominated most of the second half, but Heart still looked dangerous from time to time and it would have surprised nobody had they stolen the three points.

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