Western Sydney Wanderers will have to shake off an embarrassing midweek FFA Cup exit when they return to A-League Men action against competition leaders Macarthur FC.
The Wanderers were dumped out of the Cup in a 2-1 loss to semi-professional NSW NPL club APIA Leichhardt FC and will have to back-up at CommBank Stadium on Saturday.
Western Sydney are unbeaten in the league, but haven’t been particularly convincing despite a bumper off-season recruiting drive, while Macarthur have one of the league’s stingiest defences.
“A very difficult game. Macarthur are a very good team. They’ve got some experienced players in good areas of the field so we have to be aware of that,” coach Carl Robinson said.
“But we’ll always focus on ourselves. We know that we’ve got off to a very good start, a solid start this year and played very, very well in patches.
“What we need to do is be more consistent throughout the 90 minutes.
“We’re in front of our home fans and it’s important we get them behind us straight off the bat, so we’ll try and play with urgency and a little bit of tempo.
“But we’ll concentrate on what we can control and we can control our performance individually, and we will.”
Robinson stressed the importance of converting in attack against Macarthur.
“We had a number of chances in the last two games that we’ve played at home and we’ve failed to take them,” he said.
“The boys work hard on a daily basis to try and rectify that.”
Meanwhile Macarthur coach Ante Milicic’s scheduled press conference on Friday was cancelled due to precautionary COVID-19 tests for Bulls players and staff.
But the Bulls have largely focused on recovery after going to 120 minutes in their 2-0 FFA Cup loss to Sydney FC.
Skipper Ulises Davila (knee) is unavailable as is Andonis Martis (red card suspension) while Jordon Mutch will have to prove his fitness.