Luck of draw not enough

The Sunday Mail (Queensland) - - SPORT - CARLY ADNO

STRIKER Bren­don San­ta­lab says the Wan­der­ers need to be more ruth­less in front of goal as the club pre­pares for a new era un­der Josep Gom­bau.

West­ern Sydney travel to Mel­bourne City today for Gom­bau’s first game in charge.

The Wan­der­ers are un­beaten five games into the sea­son but have just one win after strug­gling to con­vert draws into vic­to­ries, and San­ta­lab says that needs to change.

“We need to get bet­ter at clos­ing games off and re­ally tak­ing the game early,” he said.

“The more we let teams into the game and it’s still 1-0, all they need is one chance to cap­i­talise. Our aim is to fin­ish games off a lot ear­lier.”

Gom­bau’s phi­los­o­phy is dif­fer­ent to Tony Popovic, but San­ta­lab be­lieves it will not take long for play­ers to ad­just.

“He’s a very up­beat coach and he brings a lot of en­ergy to the side with his phi­los­o­phy as well,” San­ta­lab said. “He wants to play high-en­ergy football.”

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