Bridge injury mars Wanderers' Cup win
The A-League powerhouse ended Palm Beach Sharks’ FFA Cup run with a solid 2-0 win in the round of 16 at Cbus Stadium on the Gold Coast.
Wanderers now face Perth Glory in WA in the Cup quarter finals.
“Full credit to our opponent, they did very well," Popovic told Fox Sports.
"They made it very difficult for us. But in the end it was a comfortable win,”
The only downside to the Wanderers win was an apparent groin injury to key forward Mark Bridge, who came off in the second half.
“The doctors are checking him as we speak. We’re hoping for a favourable result. But when a player goes off it’s always a concern," said Popovic.
Wanderers now will fly across Australia to face Glory in the FFA Cup quarter finals.
After racking up hundreds of thousands of air miles last season during the ACL and subsequent CWC, Popovic was comfortable with the trip away as he beds in a large number of new faces in his reenergised squad.
“With such a new squad experiencing going away to Perth is great for our squad and gives us another chance to bed in our new players and the way we want to play," he said.
"And we’re delighted to go through.”