Rudan lauds squad depth for victory over the Roar

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Following their 1-0 victory over Brisbane Roar, Mark Rudan was quick to praise his squad’s depth and youngsters for the win.

Western United’s Luke Dezel, Lachlan Wales and Ryan Scott stepped up in the absence of Besart Berisha and Alessandro Diamanti, who started the game on the bench.

The side has been inconsistent as of late with performances, and the win is sure to give them confidence as they missed some key veteran presence early on.

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“You look at the changes we made no Bes no Dia, and people think we are heavily reliant on those two, so it’s up to the players that came in,” Rudan said.

“We are a different team, you know we can do a thing without them.

“I thought it was a great team performance tonight when we needed it most.”

United coach Rudan lauded some young players with praise, admitting that although having frailties, they stepped up.

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In speaking about Dezel, Rudan praised his maturity after being taken off earlier in the week and managing his performance against the Roar.

“Luke Dezel was superb for me. It would have been easy for me to have taken him off midweek, not to give another chance for the young kids,” he said.

“So, you’ve just got to back and let them play and give them a lot of confidence.

“He’s just a very level-headed person and mature kid.”

United’s performance was different from their usual tactics of trying to suffocate their opposing team with a constant press. The change and execution of these tactics will bring confidence to the side and its fans with the squad’s versatility and depth.

Despite Berisha not particularly pleased to be sitting on the bench, Lachlan Wales played a position Rudan said was his best, in the number nine role.

For Wales, who has been around the league for a sustained period, if he can improve his finishing and hold up play, he could create a niche for himself in the game.

“He needs to use his body better, he’s a bit of a lightweight, but he needs to use his body better,” Rudan said.

United fans will be hoping their youngster players continued growth will be in tandem with the side’s growth, to propell them up the table.

Feature image credit: Western United

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Pokuah Frimpong
Pokuah Frimpong
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