Wanderers slip

THE Western Sydney Wanderers will host A-League Premier Plate winners Brisbane Roar at Pirtek Stadium, Parramatta, this Saturday night desperate to put their season back on track.

After losing 2-1 to the Central Coast Mariners on the weekend, the red and black team coached by Tony Popovic also surrendered the vital second spot on the ladder to the Gosford-based club.

Saturday night's game, which is scheduled to start at 7.45pm, is the penultimate home-and-away match before the finals.

Popovic's mission this week at training will be to unlock the mystery of his team playing well only in patches.

Against the Mariners on Saturday night, the Western Sydney team looked the one most likely to take the three premiership points.

But for most of the second half the Wanderers looked as though they had lost interest in the outcome of the match, especially when they were without the ball.

Popovic told the media that he was mystified about the team's patchy performances of late but he will try to turn things around by Saturday's season defining clash with the Roar.

The Wanderers' final match before the finals will be away against Melbourne Heart at AAMI Park on Saturday, April 12, with a 5.30pm kick-off.

The Wanderers will make the finals, but that second spot looks like being too elusive, unless they can win their last two matches — easier said than done.

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