Wanderers win tight encounter

WESTERN Sydney Wanderers did what they haven't done before — beat Sydney FC on their home turf in the A-League competition.

They achieved this with a stirring 1-0 win at Pirtek Stadium, Parramatta on Saturday night. Former Sydney FC player Brendon Santalab who broke the 0-0 deadlock in the 87th minute, much to the delight of the 18,080-strong crowd.

Santalab , finished off a mis-hit shot at goal from teammate Youssouf Hersi.

The striker pounced on the ball and sent the ball spiralling into the back of the net.

Wanderers coach Tony Popovic said after the match he always felt they would win.

There is a self-belief in the team that no matter how tight or tough the contest they have the mental strength to prevail.

The win cemented second place on the ladder on 26 points, four behind Brisbane Roar.

Popovic was able to motivate his players for the intense local derby after the shock 3-1 loss to Wellington Phoenix at Pirtek Stadium.

The Wanderers played a deferred game against Melbourne Victory in Melbourne on Tuesday night then on Sunday play Adelaide United at Coopers Stadium, Adelaide.

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