United hit form at the right time

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In a recent run of good form, Western United have repositioned themselves on the A-league table in the hopes of playing finals.

Early on this season, the performances put together by United were inconsistent. With Alessandro Diamanti injured and star forward Berisha not scoring as many goals A-league fans have become accustomed to, it left many wondering if this side could make finals.

In the last three rounds, United has secured three points in each of their previous three games, something they have been unable to do all season.

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Against the Newcastle Jets, the side managed to have a controlled night at the office, which has not been seen as often as many were expecting heading into the season.

Head coach Mark Rudan said he thought his side dominated the match from start to finish.

“Very disciplined and professional performance tonight, which pleased me the most, it’s another zero which is always pleasing,” said Rudan.

Heading into what Rudan has described as a Contiki tour, United head off on a four game road trip. Their recent form could not have come at a better time, as they face Adelaide United, who are sitting above them on the table.

Western has shown in their recent run of form their ability to adapt to opponents whilst not hindering their own game. Against the Jets, they fielded a back four instead of their typical back three, which they have used all season.

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Rudan said the switch gave the side assurance from knowing it could switch up its defensive structure when it needed to.

“I’d like to switch things between us, you know, during the course of a game or even in games that we run from the outset,” he said.

“For us to be able to switch over to a back four as seamlessly as we did tonight. I think we will pose more questions for opposition teams and give us, more importantly, a lot more confidence knowing that we can do that at the drop of a hat,” Rudan said.

The only issue Western may have going forward is another injury to Socceroos defender Josh Risdon, who has injured his leg again.

United now sit sixth on the table, with a game in hand over the teams above them. Their recent form could mean they get a home final, something many would not have thought about with their early run of form.

Feature Image Credit: Western United

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Pokuah Frimpong
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