So much for a Western Sydney form slump as the Wanderers returned to winning ways with a comfortable 3-1 victory over the Perth Glory at Pirtek Stadium on Sunday night.
After a poor run which included three losses in their last four games, the Wanderers returned to their devastating best against the Glory to move back into second spot on the A-League ladder.
First half goals to Brendan Santalab and Aaron Mooy had the home side cruising at the break before Shane Smeltz pulled one back early in the second half.
But Mark Bridge put the result beyond doubt when he scored from the penalty spot 19 minutes from time to send most of the crowd of more than 14,000 fans home happy.
The Wanderers produced some sublime football, especially in the first half with Japanese playmaker Shinji Ono at the heart of the most of it.
It would have been an even bigger win for Tony Popovic's men if not for the performance of Glory shot-stopper Danny Vukovic, who pulled off half a dozen brilliant saves throughout the match.
The Wanderers struck twice in a totally dominant first half, the opener a superb counter-attack while the second had a tinge of good fortune about it.
Despite controlling proceedings from the outset it took until the 28th minute for the home side to get their reward through Santalab.
Matthew Spiranovic, who shifted into midfield for the first time this season, won possession in the middle of the park before surging forward and releasing Mark Bridge down the left.
Bridge's first time cross was perfect for Santalab who had the simple task of tapping home from close range with Vukovic stranded.
The goal was just what the Wanderers deserved and seven minutes later they doubled their lead through Mooy.