Rudan takes blame for Melbourne City loss

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Western United coach Mark Rudan has quashed suggestions his team will be psychologically impacted after once again losing to Melbourne City at AAMI Park on Saturday night.

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The match marked the fifth time the teams have faced off against each other in the two years Western have been in the A-League. It was also the fifth loss in a row against them.

The success of City over Western in recent times had been one of the big talking points going into the match but the men in Green looked set to re-write the script when Ivan Vujika scored the opener in the 22nd minute.

However, a goal against the flow to City’s Craig Noone and then a late game drop off by Rudan’s men eventually left them with another loss to their rivals.

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“For 65 minutes we absolutely dominated. We came into half time full of confidence, we had them on the back foot,” said Rudan.

Rudan believes it was not a mental barrier that led to his players freezing up late with the game on the line, and insists it was fatigue.

“I blame myself, I should have been a bit more proactive. My gut told me to make some changes at that time, I didn’t do it and we got punished for it.

“My heart overruled my head there.

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I’ve got a lot of trust in my players, I’ve got a lot of time for them, but that’s just a learning curve for me that I’ve got to listen to my head more going forward.”

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While the loss reaffirmed Western’s voodoo against City, Rudan instead found “plenty of positives” for how his team played

“For 65 minutes there were moments. If Uskok scores it completely changes the game.

“I’ve always maintained that it would take us a bit of time to get into the season so there’s no time to panic yet.”

Feature image credit: Ngau Kai Yan

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