Scott Neville of the Wanderers competes for possession with Milos Ninkovic of Sydney FC during round one of the A-League.
Scott Neville of the Wanderers competes for possession with Milos Ninkovic of Sydney FC during round one of the A-League. DAN HIMBRECHTS

City wary of wounded Wanderers

FOOTBALL: John van't Schip expects the Western Sydney Wanderers to start turning their season around at some stage.

He just hopes it's not tonight when they host his Melbourne City at Spotless Stadium.

The Wanderers have just one win to show for their season, and after a 3-0 loss to Melbourne Victory, have conceded the most goals with Perth Glory (13).

While the floodgates could open once more with scoring machine Bruno Fornaroli and Tim Cahill lurking in the City line-up, van't Schip is cautious.

"There were moments in the game against Victory where they were dominating,” he said.

"Every game has its own history and this is a new game. I'm sure they're going to be up for it.

"They're going to be disappointed but they're also going to be fighting ... out there to prove a point.

"We have to be ready for that because it's a good footballing team Western Sydney ... if they get certain things right, they're a team that can finish high.”

The Wanderers will be boosted by the return of Scott Neville and Robbie Cornthwaite, though leading scorer Brendon Santalab (calf) is sidelined.

"Apart from probably the Sydney FC game, when we just capitulated as a team in the second half, every goal has been avoidable. Not just as a team but individual errors are killing us,” right-back Neville told the Daily Telegraph.

"We're getting punished for things that other teams don't seem to.”

Tonight: Wanderers v City 6.50pm; Glory v Reds 9pm (times AEST)



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