FFA Cup: Western Sydney eye off first title ahead of clash with Adelaide United

Wanderers interim coach Hayden Foxe said he was expecting a big crowd at Campbelltown Stadium. Picture: AAP Image/Dan Himbrechts
Wanderers interim coach Hayden Foxe said he was expecting a big crowd at Campbelltown Stadium. Picture: AAP Image/Dan Himbrechts

Western Sydney Wanderers interim coach Hayden Foxe has his sights set on the club’s maiden FFA Cup title.

But his side must first get past a buoyant Adelaide United in tonight’s semi-final at Campbelltown Stadium. 

United, who won the knock-out cup competition’s inaugural campaign in 2014, have so far been the A-League’s surprise package.

Western Sydney and Adelaide have both recorded a win and two draws in their opening three league games this season, leaving them locked together on five points.

“It’s going to be a tough match, every match is tough. It doesn’t matter if it’s home or away,” Foxe said on Monday.

“Every game brings something different. We know we’re going to have a tough game against Adelaide.”

Foxe oversaw a raucous 2-2 draw with bitter rivals Sydney FC during Saturday’s controversial Sydney Derby.

Despite Western Sydney blowing an early a 2-nil lead, he praised a “really good performance” from his players.

The former Socceroo said beating the Reds and sealing the club’s first cup final appearance would be the perfect tonic.

“It’s a real unique occasion for us. It’s chance for us to make the final of the FFA Cup,” Foxe said. “It’s a chance for us to win some domestic silverware

“We take this competition very seriously. It’s a great competition to be part of.

“We strive to win titles, and be successful...this is no different.”

Vedran Janjetovic faced his old side during the Sydney Derby on Saturday. Picture: AAP Image/Dan Himbrechts

Vedran Janjetovic faced his old side during the Sydney Derby on Saturday. Picture: AAP Image/Dan Himbrechts

Making the semi-finals represents Western Sydney’s best cup run to date, having crashed out at the quarter-final stage in the last two installments.

It’s one of two domestic trophies the Wanderers are yet to claim.

Foxe will have a full squad to choose from for Tuesday’s clash with Adelaide.

Goalkeeper Vedran Janjetovic said the players were feeling confident after a “positive result” away to the Sky Blues, and a deep squad meant they wouldn’t be affected by the three-day turnaround.

“Short turnarounds is something that we’re used to. We did it all pre-season so we’re ready, we’re raring to go," Janjetovic said.

The experienced shot-stopper said playing the game at the Red and Black’s second home in Campbelltown gave them the advantage.

“We played a fair few games here last year...hopefully the fans turn out and gives us that little extra push that we need,” Janjetovic said.

“Everyone’s excited, you can feel it.”

  • Western Sydney Wanderers play Adelaide United in the FFA Cup semi-finals at Campbelltown Stadium on Tuesday, October 24. Kick-off is at 7:30pm.