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Wanderers out to break run of draws

NZN 7/11/2016 Chris Pike

Western Sydney coach Tony Popovic is looking for his team to build on the momentum from a draw in Perth to take on Melbourne Victory in a game they always look forward to.

The sixth-placed Wanderers have one win this A-League season and three successive draws since after Sunday's 2-2 draw against Glory.

As much as he knows the challenge the Victory present on Saturday night at Etihad Stadium, he dearly wants to earn the three points.

"We've had fantastic matches against Melbourne Victory, they are a very good side and fantastic club, but they are the games you look forward to," he said.

Popovic left Perth reasonably happy with the point especially after going down a goal in the second half before Brendon Santalab snatched the equaliser in the 67th minute.

"All in all, against a very good team who is dangerous in attack we held firm to get a point away from home."

It capped another strong performance by Santalab who continued to make a strong case to remain a starter with an impressive game in Perth.

"What Santy is doing is not a surprise to us and whether he is on the bench or whether he starts, it's always for the good of the team and what we believe is the best decision for that game. We're not surprised with how well he's doing," Popovic said.

The Wanderers coach was full of praise for under-fire goalkeeper Andrew Redmayne, who made a terrific late save off a Chris Harold shot.

"He was very good and made a crucial save at the end. You expect your 'keeper to do that, we do anyway," he said.

"It's the only save he made and if he can average one save a game I'll be very happy."

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