Luck of draw not enough
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.”