Wandering for a win

THREE weeks without a win may not be a form slump for most teams, but the Western Sydney Wanderers will travel to Newcastle this Saturday keen to get their A-League campaign back on track.

The Wanderers drew 1-1 with the Melbourne Heart at Pirtek Stadium at the weekend and are still second on the ladder after nine rounds.

But they've conceded a five-point gap to frontrunners, the Brisbane Roar.

It's not panic stations just yet for coach Tony Popovic's boys, but after a mixed performance against the hapless Heart — who haven't won a game this season — the coach may be tempted to freshen his line-up.

Some of the Wanderers look a little jaded, which shows in an attacking style that lacks ideas.

The Heart shocked the Wanderers on Saturday night before almost 15,000 fans when they scored in the 38th minute.

But their joy was shortlived.

Just six minutes later western suburbs product Aaron Mooy lined up the ball just outside the penalty box and slammed it into the right corner.

It's true that the Wanderers dominated most of the second half, but the Heart still looked dangerous occasionally and it would have surprised nobody had they stolen the three points.

The team needs a little shake-up and injecting some fresh faces usually does the trick.

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