Tony Popovic has urged Western Sydney Wanderers to remain vigilant in the run-in to the finals, urging their job is not yet done.
The Wanderers opened up a five-point lead in sixth position on Sunday night, courtesy of a dominant 3-1 win over direct play-off-chasing rivals Wellington Phoenix at Spotless Stadium on Sunday.
Goals from Nico Martinez and a Brendon Santalab brace ensured all three points were won by the Wanderers at Spotless for the first time.
But despite the grown gap, Popovic remained cautious in his post-match press conference, stating Western Sydney must now consolidate their strong position.
“There’s still a lot of work to do and we’re not going to get carried away with this,” Popovic said.
“We’re delighted with the result, delighted with the week we’ve had, but before this match, if we lost this game, we were out of the six.
“So just by winning one game, it doesn’t change what we have to do from now on. We have to just focus one game at a time.
“We’ve got Melbourne City here (Spotless) again on Friday, and we have to have the same application, the same attitude, the same desire and the same performance to get a result.
“Anything short of that won’t be good enough. So that’s our challenge for this week.”
The Wanderers face Melbourne City back at the Sydney Showgrounds venue on Friday night.