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.”
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.