Wanderers surrender second spot

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 second to last 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 most likely to take the three premiership points.

But for most of the second half the Wanderers looked as if they had lost interest in the match.

Popovic told the media after the Mariners game that he was mystified about the team's patchy performances of late. But he promised to 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.

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