Wanderers star hails fans' return for Victory showdown

​Western Sydney striker Mark Bridge is hoping a packed stadium will help get the Wanderers over the line against defending Hyundai A-League champions Melbourne Victory on Saturday night at Pirtek.

Tony Popovic’s side are chasing their seventh straight win, a run not matched since their record-breaking 10-match streak set in their inaugural season.

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Bridge welcomed the resolution to the fan boycott, which saw the Red and Black Block skip last weekend’s win over Brisbane, and expects them to be in full voice for the top of the table clash.

“We’re happy that we’re going to have them back behind the goals this week,” said Bridge.

“It was a strange feeling against Brisbane, especially after Mitch’s goal. Such a good goal you want them there to celebrate those moments.

“We’re glad it’s over and we’re looking forward to having them back.”

Wanderers striker Mark Bridge celebrates scoring against Melbourne City.

The Wanderers will have to overcome a poor recent record against Victory, having failed to beat Kevin Muscat’s side in their last four encounters.

However Bridge was adamant the current Wanderers squad presented a new proposition and were not fazed by last season’s results.

“We have a totally different squad and we haven’t faced them yet so we’re not reading too much into stats like that,” said Bridge.

“You want to win every game, you want to be competitive and we’ll look to that again this weekend against a very, very good side.

“The confidence is high, but in saying that the confidence has always been there.

“Even when results weren’t going our way the first couple of games we were still confident we were improving every single day at training and that we’d start to see results.”

The 30-year-old refused to buy into a war of words ahead of kick-off after suggestions from Victory’s Leigh Broxham on Thursday that the Wanderers playing style hadn’t changed that much.

“I don’t think he watched us much then,” said Bridge.

“It’s his opinion; he’s obviously their stand-in captain at the moment, so we’ll see if he’s changed his mind tomorrow night.”