Western Sydney Wanderers boss Josep Gombau is embracing the opportunity for revenge when his side meets the Newcastle Jets at Spotless Stadium on Friday night.
Sixth-placed Wanderers were walloped 4-0 by the second-placed Jets at McDonald Jones Stadium in December.
Gombau was asked if revenge was on the mind ahead of Friday’s re-match and he didn’t take a backwards step.
“For sure, it should be,” Gombau said.
“We spoke with the boys, we need to have this excitement and try tomorrow to play a good game and win the game.
“We want to show the fans who came to Newcastle for that loss.”
Western Sydney are beginning to find form on the back of consecutive wins which has lifted them into the finals spots.
Gombau’s side can move six points clear of seventh-placed Brisbane and above fifth-placed Melbourne Victory, who both don’t play this weekend, with victory against Newcastle.
“I think it's very important. It’s massive,” the Spaniard said.
“We’re in a position now where there’s a round some teams played last week and if we win we can have an advantage from some teams.
“It’s something we should do. To get three more points will help us to get in a good position on the table.”
Gombau also offered praise to new signing Chris Ikonomidis who starred in last round’s 4-0 win over Wellington Phoenix before limping off with an ankle complaint.
But Ikonomidis wasn’t alone in earning credit from Gombau.
“I’m very happy with him and his performances but also the performances of the team in the last two games that he’s here,” Gombau said.
“Everybody is working hard and everybody is doing well. I’m very happy with all the boys.”