Popovic expects more from marquee man

Western Sydney Wanderers coach Tony Popovic says Sunday’s match-winner Dario Vidosic is only just getting started, with more highlights to come as the season goes on.

In his first start for the club, Vidosic delivered a priceless goal for the Wanderers just before half-time to hand them a much-needed 1-0 win over Perth Glory at Pirtek Stadium.

It wasn’t just the marquee man’s goal that caught the eye but Vidosic was a class above throughout the 90 minutes.

And in a warning for their Hyundai A-League rivals, Popovic insists the best is yet to come from the Socceroo playmaker.

“He’s still, and I’m sure he’d admit this, well short physically,” the Wanderers boss said.

“It was a tough game for him tonight to play a whole match. Ideally would have liked to have played him less but with the circumstances he had to stay on.

“But he showed his quality, that’s what he’s got. Our goal now is to make that more regular and it will as he gets fitter.”

Dario Vidosic

While it probably wasn’t the Wanderers most fluent performance of the season, the biggest difference was they took their chance and kept the back door shut as well.

Now with their first win of the campaign under their belt – on the first anniversary of their ACL triumph last year - Popovic hopes it’s the start of another bright era for the club.

“Finally the players get a tangible reward for everything they have been doing,” he said.

“In the end its one win, we’re off the mark and now we just have to build from that.

“It will be the same mantra next week, we just have to keep improving and getting better.

“They are doing well. I’m really pleased for the players that they can get this win and I’m sure this will breed confidence.”

Popovic was asked if this season is starting to feel reminiscent of the club’s inaugural A-League campaign, where the Wanderers had to wait until round four for their first win before going on to claim the Premiers’ Plate and make the grand final.

“A lot of things are matching up but that feels so long ago,” he said.

“This is something brand new again, maybe points wise it’s similar but it feels different to me.”

Popovic is hopeful Spanish defender Alberto Aguilar’s quad injury, which forced him off early in the second half, isn’t serious and he could be available for next weekend’s trip to Newcastle Jets.