Wanderers: shock and awe team

THE Western Sydney Wanderers: the momentum continues.

It can't be said the Wanderers, the tradition continues — not yet.

It's just started, but in a few years the 2012-13 A-League might be recalled as the start of adynastic soccer tradition.

The Wanderers maintained their momentum with a 2-0 away win against the Wellington Phoenix on Sunday and are now a point away from third place in their debut season.

They've shocked themselves, they've shocked everyone. They've also stolen the glamour tag from the millionaire club, Sydney FC.

Another adage can be attached to the Wanderers: a champion team will beat a team of champions. The Wanderers aren't champions yet but the principle applies.

In this case, the Wanderers are ahead of a team of champion (singular: Alessandro del Piero).

Japanese import Shinji Ono's star shines intermittently, but instead of buying champions, the Wanderers have assembled a team of artisans developing artistry.

Home games at Parramatta Stadium now provide an atmosphere to equal any Australian sporting contest.

Coach Tony Popovic could have sent celebratory flares back to Australia after Sunday's win.

The Wanderers have lost just once in seven matches since the Phoenix rose above them in the first round.

Coach Popovic praised his side's resilience on Sunday after they withstood a Phoenix onslaught that could have yielded several goals in the first half, but for fine saves by Wanderers custodian Ante Covic and the woodwork.

"We're very happy that the players responded from a very tough defeat last week against Central Coast," said Popovic.

"They (Wellington) are a good side here."

Popovic said the match had been won in midfield where Mateo Poljak, Aaron Mooy and Iacopo La Rocca took control after half-time.

"Once we got a hold of the midfield I felt it was only a matter of time till we got a goal.

They got two: from Nikolai Topor-Stanley and Labinot Haliti.

The Wanderers are away to struggling defending champions, the Brisbane Roar this Sunday.

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