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Wanderers' Cornthwaite upbeat on axing

AAP logoAAP 17/11/2016 Matt Encarnacion

Former Socceroo Robbie Cornthwaite has blamed his lack of game time at Western Sydney on the inconsistency that has plagued the club's sluggish start to the A-League season.

While most of the weekly line-up news has centered around controversial striker Kerem Bulut, Cornthwaite's inconspicuous absence has barely caused a ripple.

After starting in defence for the opening month of the campaign, Cornthwaite hasn't seen a minute of game time, but hasn't gone searching for an explanation from coach Tony Popovic.

Added to an extended squad for Friday's blockbuster against Melbourne City, the 31-year-old insists he knows precisely where he needs to improve.

"The key for me is putting in a 90-minute performance," he told AAP.

"A lot of the games I've been very good for 45 minutes and then maybe in the other 45 I wasn't as good or just made a few silly mistakes I wouldn't usually make. It's about consistency."

Cornthwaite was once considered one of the best defenders in the country following a strong three seasons in Adelaide between 2008-11 and then six years in Korea and Malaysia.

But he admits it has taken time for him to adjust back to domestic football.

"Coming back to Australia after six years, there was a lot of areas I need to work on, my fitness in particular," he said.

"Obviously Poppa's well known for doing things differently and it took me a little while to adapt. But the 4-5 months I've been here, I'm definitely going from strength to strength.

"Every player wants to play but I'm absolutely loving being back in the A-League, loving the training under this coaching staff. There's absolutely no frustration from my part," he said.

"I'm happy to go to work everyday and work with this group of people."

If chosen to play against City, Cornthwaite is well aware of the dangers proposed by feared duo Bruno Fornaroli and Tim Cahill, the latter of whom he played with on the global stage.

However it's the Uruguayan that he considers more difficult to defend.

"He's been a revelation since coming to the league. Last year he had a fantastic year and he's more than backed it up so far," Cornthwaite said.

"If you go tight he can turn you, if you stay off him he can drill you. You've got to really be on your toes and aware of what he's going to do and try and limit the damage he can do."

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