Wanderers up the pace

THE Western Sydney Wanderers have taken the first step in a 53-day stretch in which they will play 13 matches.

That's a match every four days or so, a schedule that's bound to test the limits of the club's playing resources.

Coach Tony Popovic's strategy of resting players leading up to this tough period will also come under examination.

The Wanderers passed the first hurdle with flying colours, beating the Glory 2-0 in Perth on Saturday night. They are now just four points away from competition leaders Roar, who were ambushed 1-0 in Melbourne by the Heart on Sunday.

The next game in the Wanderers marathon is their first Asian Champions League match, on Wednesday night at home against 2012 champions Ulsan Hyundai.

Four days later, on Sunday, March 2 at 5pm, Popovic's men will be back at Pirtek Stadium, Parramatta to host the Newcastle Jets in round 21 of the A-League. At the end of that, there will be just 10 more games to go before their marathon ends.

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