22 Apr 2013

Wanderers bitterly disappointed after grand final loss

6:09 am on 22 April 2013

Western Sydney's football coach Tony Popovic declared his Wanderers would return even bigger and better next season after stumbling at the final hurdle in their stunning entry to Australian football's A-League.

Popovic admitted to both pain and disappointment after the Wanderers fell 2-0 to Central Coast in Sunday's Grand Final at Allianz Stadium before a record crowd of more than 42,000.

The result ended a 13-game unbeaten run for the Wanderers, and while Popovic acknowledged the grand final loss soured an otherwise fantastic season, he said his players would be the better for it, and he admitted his old mate, the Mariners coach Graham Arnold, finally got the championship he deserved.