Play­ers have big am­bi­tion


Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - SPORT - War­ren Thom­son

WESTERN Syd­ney’s su­per sub Bren­don San­ta­lab said the best is yet to come from the Wan­der­ers as they pre­pare to take on reign­ing cham­pi­ons Mel­bourne Vic­tory this week­end.

San­ta­lab pro­vided a late goal to hand his side a dra­matic 4-3 win over Mel­bourne City at Pirtek Sta­dium last Fri­day night, scor­ing the win­ning goal for the Wan­der­ers for the se­cond con­sec­u­tive week.

Coach Tony Popovic’s de­ci­sion to send San­ta­lab on in the 80th-minute proved cru­cial, just af­ter City scored two quick goals to im­me­di­ately put them­selves back in the con­test.

“Santa” gave the red and black faith­ful plenty to cheer about when his 89thminute tap-in put the Wan­der­ers up by two goals and se­cured the vic­tory.

“It’s im­por­tant we come off the bench and do well,” San­ta­lab said.

“We play an im­por­tant role in the team, the play­ers who come off the bench, and keep fo­cused through­out the whole game wait­ing for an op­por­tu­nity and I was ready and I’m very happy I got that win­ning goal.

“We’re build­ing, We’re im­prov­ing week in, week out and I think the best thing about our sit­u­a­tion is that we can still im­prove a lot.

“Within the group and the club, we know we have im­prove­ment left in us and we will con­tinue to work dur­ing the week on things that weren’t so good tonight and just keep get­ting bet­ter.”

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