• Exceeding expectations ... Wanderers marquee man Ono leads the side at training (Getty)
Western Sydney Wanderers has already exceeded all expectations in its debut season but coach Tony Popovic is demanding more from his side as Shinji Ono edges closer to re-signing.
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AAP
23 Feb 2013 - 6:00 AM  UPDATED 23 Feb 2013 - 9:07 AM

WSW is chasing a seventh straight victory when it faces ninth-placed Perth Glory at Parramatta Stadium on Saturday.

If
it gets up and Central Coast Mariners loses to third-placed Melbourne
Victory in the day's late match in Gosford, the competition newcomer
will take over the competition lead.

It would be another big
milestone for the A-League's newest club although Popovic insisted the
only thing on his planning agenda is improvement.

"No, it (top
spot) is not something I've mentioned throughout the year at all and
it's not something we'll start thinking about now," Popovic said on
Friday.

Wanderers sits just one point adrift of the Mariners after posting a 2-1 win over Victory last week.

Glory
will also be on a high after staging a come-from-behind 2-1 win over
the Central Coast last Saturday under interim coach Alastair Edwards.

"The last couple of weeks we feel that in certain areas we can do better and the players know that themselves," Popovic said.

"If you want to be the best you always have to look for those small details to get better."

A win over Glory would edge WSW to within one game of Victory's all-time A-League record of eight consecutive triumphs.

But
Popovic is wary of a Glory side still boasting many players from last
year's grand final squad and containing attacking power, including the
league's highest-ever goalscorer Shane Smeltz.

"That front third
you've got (Liam) Miller and Smeltz and (Travis) Dodd ... they're
players who on their day can really hurt you," Popovic said.

"So
they'll come here with confidence. But we're a confident side as well
and we've won six straight from playing some good football ourselves.

"But instead of being content with having six straight we want more."

Meanwhile,
Popovic is confident the club is on the verge of announcing Japanese
star Shinji Ono will be staying on for another season.

"We believe
we're close. Certainly speaking to him yesterday he's very happy and we
believe it's just the final details now," he said.

"We want him here, he wants to stay and that's the main thing."