Wanderers get back into beautiful moves

THE Western Sydney Wanderers travel to Newcastle on Saturday to take on the Jets after a confidence-boosting 3-1 victory over Perth in Parramatta on Sunday night.

Coming as it did on the heels of two losses in a row, the red-and-black machine's display against the Glory was almost unrecognisable from the team that has been playing some dull, unimaginative football for most of the 2013-14 A-League season.

Something clicked on Sunday. It was a pleasure to watch, not just for the diehard fans among the 14,111 crowd but for anyone who appreciates beautiful ball movement so smooth it is almost impossible to defend against.

From the kick-off, it was obvious this was a new, slick Wanderers outfit hungry to score goals, instead of just ensuring a clean sheet on its own end.

So it was no wonder the goals came, almost effortlessly, to Brendon Santalab after 20 minutes and seven minutes later to western suburbs talent Aaron Mooy.

Perth made it 2-1 when Shane Smeltz scored 11 minutes into the second half, but Mark Bridge scored from the spot in the 71st minute to put the result beyond doubt.

The fans, naturally, were delirious and they weren't the only ones happy with the performance of the local lads.

Coach Tony Popovic didn't hold back.

"Some of the football we played tonight - I have to think back a fair bit to think when we last played that way," he said.

"It was outstanding.

"I think in the first half we were outstanding in every aspect of our game.

"The only thing that wasn't outstanding was the score line at half-time which could have been anything. But I'm really pleased with the performance.

"We wanted to start on the front foot," he said. "We're at home, we've been playing well at home and we wanted to show that and from the outset. It was excellent."

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