‘Brutal’ training key to Wanderers' surge

Western Sydney Wanderers won’t be resting on their laurels after a sensational six wins on the spin has seen them rocket to the top of the Hyundai A-League.

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The Wanderers are the hottest team in the competition right now. And the club's right back Scott Jamieson feels the success is due to the “brutal” approach of coach Tony Popovic and his staff.

“We’re in a good frame of mind but we’re also realistic we can’t just turn up and not work hard at training.

“Just because we’ve won six doesn’t mean we just turn up and have a joke and a laugh.

“This coaching staff is pretty brutal, and if you do that you will be sitting out training and have a few days in the gym by yourself," the 27-year-old former Glory, Sydney FC and Adelaide defender told reporters on Tuesday.

“Coming in and winning is something like no other feeling. You can’t really beat a winning feeling. 

“It’s good we have a few jokers in the team that can also keep it light-hearted and have a laugh too."

Scott Jamieson

Saturday night’s top-of-the-table clash with Melbourne Victory, the Hyundai A-League champions, will be a good gauge of how far the red and black have come this season.

And the Wanderers will have to overcome a poor recent record against Victory to remain at the top of the table after this weekend.

Victory is unbeaten in the last four meetings between the two clubs, scoring 12 goals to three in that time.

“It’s a big game. It’s one of the reasons I joined this club. These games are the big games of the round and it will be massive,” Jamieson said.

“It will be a spectacle as an atmosphere but also as a game because they are a very good team.

“They’ve been on the top of the A-League for the last 18 months and had a bit of a hiccup on the weekend.

“For us, we want to test ourselves against the better teams of the competition and they are definitely one of them.”