Western Sydney coach Josep Gombau says one win doesn’t mean his side have turned the corner and has refused to put a timeframe on when they will be the finished product.
Gombau was put under pressure after the Wanderers’ 5-0 derby defeat to Sydney FC a fortnight ago, barely a month after his appointment when he outlined his long-term project and called for patience.
There were grumblings of player discontent along with fans’ frustration after the derby defeat, which made it nine games without a win in all competitions, with Gombau apologising to supporters.
Wanderers responded with a 2-0 away win over Central Coast last round but Gombau refused to get carried away, rebuffing suggestions it’s the turning point.
“This is football. It’s a process,” Gombau said.
“We did well but we keep building in the way we want to play. It’s not for one result that everything is good.
“We need to keep going game by game, improving mistakes and working hard.
“Every game we’ll be stronger. The mistakes we make we’ll solve.
“Not because we won one game are we a better team than two weeks ago.”
Wanderers sit eighth on the table, two points outside of the top six with a game in hand, ahead of their Friday clash with second-placed Newcastle Jets.
And with 17 games to play, Western Sydney still have plenty of time to make a run for the top four.
Gombau was pressed on when he expects the side to become the finished product, but he declined labelling a timeframe.
“It’s always a question which is funny,” he said.
“We’re in the process, we’re working and I’m happy with it.”