FOOTBALL

Wanderers score first Spotless win

It took five months and seven attempts, but Western Sydney have finally broken their Spotless Stadium curse.

The Wanderers disposed of a hapless Wellington 3-1 to mark their first win at their temporary home venue that had, until Sunday, hosted five draws and one loss.

There weren't many there to see it, but the season-low 7828 crowd were rewarded with Brendon Santalab's 33rd and 34th goals for the club, which take the 34-year-old past Mark Bridge (32) as all-time leading scorer.

The result, to which Nico Martinez also contributed, lifts Tony Popovic's side to 28 points, five ahead of the Phoenix in seventh and four behind fifth-placed Perth.

It also caps a breakthrough week during which they claimed their first Asian Champions League points against FC Seoul in Korea.

'It's been a great week,' Popovic said.

'Fantastic result in Korea ... to back it up today was very important. We got a reward for a dominant display.'

'We've played a lot of good games here at home without getting a win.'

Phoenix coach Des Buckingham lamented Wellington's second-best desire to compete for the ball.

'We knew we needed to match physically and the tempo but we just never got to grips in the first 10-20 minutes,' Buckingham said.

AAP