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Attitude is key for A-League's Wanderers

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 13/04/2017 Steve Larkin

Attitude is everything for Western Sydney coach Tony Popovic.

The sixth-place Wanderers travel to play Adelaide United on Saturday night in a tune-up for their A-League finals campaign.

Western Sydney will play an away elimination final, most likely against Melbourne City or Brisbane Roar, in the first week of the finals.

While Saturday's round 27 clash against the Reds will have a bearing on the final standings, Popovic says what's more important is the game's value as preparation for what lies ahead.

"The only thing we need is a good attitude, a good approach," Popovic said on Thursday.

"If our mentality is right going in to the game and we are very focused, our performance will follow that and that will help us in our preparation for the finals.

"I'm very confident that all the players are ready to go."

Popovic says internal selection pressure would also ensure a fierce approach from the Wanderers.

"There is competition for places," he said.

"The players that have played the last couple are trying to put their (best) foot forward.

"And there's some boys that if they get the chance against Adelaide want to stake their claim as well.

"It's healthy competition and ultimately we're preparing for that first final."

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