Western Sydney coach Tony Popovic says his players are buoyed with confidence after coming from behind twice to snatch a draw against Perth Glory at nib Stadium on Saturday night.
The league-leading Wanderers fell behind after just two minutes, but Dario Vidosic, Mitch Nichols, Scott Jamieson and finally Brendon Santalab combined to complete one of the best set pieces of the season and equalise in the 20th minute.
Perth youngster Mitch Oxborrow put the home side ahead with a cracking free kick on the hour-mark before former Glory winger Nichols netted his sixth goal of the season to steal a point for the visitors.
Popovic said confidence was high in the Wanderers camp on the back of the seven-match winning streak his team took into Saturday night’s match in Perth.
“The players are confident,” Popovic said. “We didn’t start well…we kept giving the ball away very early and conceded a very soft goal from our part, but the response was excellent.
“(Perth) had a big week and it was ideal for them to hit the lead twice. I think it would have been a different story had we taken the lead, but it wasn’t to be and we go home with a point.
“We’re pleased to take a point away from home. We’ve come back from behind twice, so that’s always encouraging, and in the end we did everything we could to win the game.”
Popovic heaped praise on Nichols, who has emerged as one of the league’s most dangerous players around goal.
“He’s been fantastic and he scored a great goal again towards the end of the game,” Popovic said.
“When the players are tired, to execute that way, it’s pleasing for him and it’s pleasing for the team that he scores a wonderful goal like that and gets us a point.”
Popovic said veteran striker Mark Bridge (groin) and Spanish playmaker Dimas Delgado (general soreness) were likely to be fit for Thursday’s clash with Newcastle at Pirtek Stadium after missing the trip to Perth.