Western Sydney Wanderers two-goal hero Robbie Cornthwaite says coach Tony Popovic’s advice paid off with his headed brace in the 3-0 win away to Newcastle Jets.
Cornthwaite, who wore the captain’s armband on Saturday, netted his first goals for Wanderers since joining the club from Malaysian outfit Selangor in July.
The beanpole centre-back revealed a piece of former Socceroos defender Popovic’s advice had paid off with his two back-posts looping headers.
“I was speaking to Popa during the week about set pieces and he gave me a small piece of advice,” Cornthwaite said.
“A couple days later I get a double so it must have worked out and I’m happy to play my part for the team.”
He added about his brace: “It’s happened once before but they’re few and far between.
“It was nice to contribute and get my first goals for the club.”
Wanderers have won four games in a row in all competitions, including three A-League wins to move up to fifth.
“We’re finding the back of the net regularly now which is good,” he said.
“It’s a positive place to be. The last month has been very good for us, hopefully it can continue.”
He added that Wanderers hadn’t given up hope of a home final, sitting two points behind fourth-placed Melbourne City with two games to play.
“If you’re able to string a few wins together you’re able to climb the ladder quickly,” he said.
“It’s a league where anyone can beat anyone. Picking up consecutive back-to-back wins coupled with other top six sides playing each other gives us a chance. “