Western Sydney Wanderers striker Dario Vidosic says he's wary of A-League surprise packet Newcastle Jets this weekend, whose game plan is remarkably similar to the Wanderers of old.
The teams meet on Saturday at Hunter Stadium with the Jets enjoying great success this season by employing a disciplined game-plan remarkably reminiscent of the Wanderers of old: staying compact, working very hard, keeping their shape then hurting teams on the transition.
But now, with the red and black's evolution into a more possession-based, attack-minded system, it'll make for a fascinating clash of styles in the NSW derby at Hunter Stadium.
"We know we’re going to have a lot of defensive teams and I think this weekend [against Newcastle Jets] will be no different," Vidosic told reporters on Tuesday.
"It will be tough up there. They're going to sit back, let us have the ball and they're going to look to get the ball to their front third as quickly as possible and catch us on our mistakes."
The Wanderers over the previous three seasons would often concede possession stats but win on the scoreboard with a similar plan: to pounce on mistakes and hit teams on transition.
It proved devastatingly effective, though this season a largely new squad and a more progressive game plan gives the red and black a much more different feel.
And after going winless the first three rounds of the campaign, the evolving Wanderers finally broke their duck on Sunday with a 1-0 win over Perth Glory.
"I think we've been deserving of the three points [all season],” the 28-year-old said.
“We've played very well in the first three rounds and in the derby especially we were very unfortunate. We’ve limited the opposition to very few shots on our goal, so our keeper hasn't had much work to do.
“It’s a great sign that our defence has been set up so well. We're not leaking too many opportunities and the goals will come, definitely."
Vidosic was superb in his first start for the club against Glory on Sunday, producing a man-of-the-match performance and scoring the winning goal.
While happy with his contribution so far, the Socceroo attacker admits he still has work to do to get back to peak fitness.
"I wouldn't say I'm quite up to speed. At half-time, that 15 minutes felt like two minutes, which was unfortunate," Vidosic said.
"I'll continue to work hard but this week has been more about recovery with the shorter turnaround. Hopefully the body will recover as quickly as possible and I'm feeling much better than what I did after the derby and hopefully I'll be ready to go by Saturday night.
“The first 45 minutes, I was happy with how I played and then a little bit of fatigue set in during the second half and I could feel it in the legs a little bit.”