Western Sydney Wanderers coach Mark Rudan was thrilled with the performances of his side as they defeated the Newcastle Jets 3-2 on Wednesday night.
The Wanderers kept their slim top-six hopes alive with the win and are now priced at 10/1 to make finals.
Rudan’s men blitzed the visitors in the first-half and found themselves 3-0 in front after 21 minutes thanks to goals from Steven Ugarkovic, Jack Rodwell and Ramy Najjarine.
They could have been even further ahead had Jack Rodwell not had two goals ruled out before Newcastle launched a fightback after the break.
Jason Hoffman and Samual Silvera pulled goals back but Wanderers saw out the win, much to the delight of Rudan.
They were Newcastle’s only two real efforts on goal and Rudan accepts there is still much to work on. But on the whole he was delighted with the performance.
"The best 60 minutes we've played since I've been here," Rudan told reporters. "We absolutely annihilated them. I thought it was one-way traffic.
"They had two shots on goal and they scored two goals. We need to get better in that department. Otherwise, we were superb."
Wanderers remain seven points behind finals with a game in hand, but even if they miss out the win over Newcastle shows what they can do.
"That (performance is) all I expect," Rudan added. "That kind of intensity. It should have been six. It's as simple as that."