Phoenix draw satisfies Popovic

Western Sydney boss Tony Popovic was happy to leave Westpac Stadium with a point following a goalless draw with Wellington Phoenix.

Western Sydney boss Tony Popovic was happy to leave Westpac Stadium with a point following a goalless draw with Wellington Phoenix.

The Wanderers drew 1-1 with the same opponents at home earlier in the season and both sides had chances to snatch the win this time round too but were let down by poor finishing.

But Popovic, who made five changes to his starting line-up, was pleased with the result nonetheless.

"We played a team today that are desperate for their first win in front of their home fans. It's a tough place to come," said Popovic.

"I thought the players showed a great desire and great attitude to try and get a result. "We had our chances to win. We played well in patches. Of course you want to win every game you can.

But a clean sheet and you pick up no injuries from the game and you go home. Overall I'm pleased."

Popovic however, admitted accuracy in front of goal had been lacking from his side and would need to improve ahead of next Saturday's match at home against Melbourne Heart.

Michael Bridge had a gilt-edged chance to grab the winner 13 minutes from time, while Labinot Haliti and Aaron Mooy had other efforts saved by Phoenix keeper Glen Moss.

"In the final third our final ball and decision-making was off today," conceded the Wanderers coach.

"It's something we need to work on. We got in great situations where we were outnumbering the opposition but it was either the final ball or a poor decision taken on the ball.

"We certainly created enough opportunities in that final third. We need to finish those off."

One positive was the return of Youssouf Hersi who got 25 minutes off the bench.

Hersi, who has been struggling with a foot injury, looked comfortable when he came on and his perfectly placed cross to Bridge deserved better than to be blasted over from close range.

Popovic said the signs looked good that the Dutchman had come through his cameo unscathed.

"He's got that smile back on his face so we feel that is a good sign that he's on the way back," said Popovic.

"We know he's a good player. He's very positive on the ball and he makes things happen. It was great to see him back on the pitch."

Popovic was also hopeful that Shinji Ono, who missed the trip to Wellington with a minor groin strain, could be back for the Heart game.