Cahill return chance to repay fans

Tony Popovic has urged fansto turnSpotless Stadium into a fortresswhen the Wanderers host Tim Cahill andred hot Melbourne Cityon Friday night.
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Western Sydney hasmanaged justone win from theopening six rounds of the A-League competition.

The club is four points worse off than it was at the same time last season.

But with a big crowd expected forthe visit of Socceroos legend Cahill, Popovic said this week’s match posed the perfect opportunity to kick-start a stutteringseason.

Tony Popovic has urged Wanderers fans to get behind the side as it hosts in-form Melbourne City on Friday. Picture: Getty Images

“We have a good historyagainst them [City]… and I think it’s a game that football as a whole and our fans should be relishing,” he said on Thursday.

“We expect a big crowd, Melbourne City is a very good footballing team. They’ve had a good start to the season.”

Melbourne have made a scintillating start to the new season, andsit secondonthe ladder with four wins and two losses.

AlthoughCahill is yet to hit top gear in a City shirt, strike partner Bruno Fornaroliand midfield general Luke Brattan are in top form and will surely cause headaches for what has been aleaky Wanderers backline.

Sydney-raised Tim Cahill has taken the A-League by storm since joining Melbourne City. Picture: Getty Images

Popovic said his side would need to show respect for the high-quality visitors, but was confident of gaining a much-needed three pointsthis weekend.

“We have a game plan we believe can cause them problems. We’re at home in front of our fans, we feel that they’ll certainly need to worry about us,” he said.

“We feel we’re playing well enough to get results…now it’s about executing better on the day.”

“The club has high expectations, so do the fans…We’re four points worse off this year and it’s about closing that gap and kicking on.”

Attacking midfielder Mitch Nichols echoed his coach’s sentiments, saying that the side “needed a win” to regain its confidence.

“So far we’ve thrown away two victories. We put 60 minutes together but back off for the last 30,” he said.

“When we put that full 90 [minutes] together, we will get that result. We owe our fans that for the past few weeks.”

He said the players were looking forward to the challenge offacingCahill, but added he was just one of City’s many threats.

“There’s always a good turnout withthe crowd and obviously everyone knows the hype Timmy brings to the league so it will be good for the fans,” he said.

“But he’s just another player on the night. We know his strengths so it’s just about limiting his options on the night.”

Western Sydney Wanderers host Melbourne City at Spotless Stadium on Friday, November 18. Kick offat 7.50pm.

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