Western United in need of consistency in second half of season

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Western United has once again found themselves in the position of having to rely on Alessandro Diamanti’s magic to secure a win against Melbourne City.

United’s season has been riddled with inconsistency at many points throughout the season. They have had to rely on some players’ brilliance and other teams’ poor form.

For a side trying to replicate their form in their inaugural season and play finals football, this win could be what they need to steady their ship and restart the season as we hit the halfway point.

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In his post-match interview, coach Mark Rudan admitted that his side had got lucky and showed some great character to stay in the game, even after going 1-0 down.

“It was perseverance. Did we ride our luck? Yes, we did.

“You only get lucky when you preserve, when you work hard and when you stay together and have this belief about your teammates,” said Rudan.

As a side, Western currently sit seventh on the table. However, a change in attitude and a more consistent playing style is what Western desperately needs if they plan on competing with the bigger sides in the league.

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“We need to change our mentality; we got a lot of games coming up. We needed the win, no doubt.

“A lot was written and said prior to the game for obvious reasons because they are the facts,” Rudan said.

Rudan is alluding to his side failing to win three of their last five matches and was sitting tenth on the table. A loss against City would have left Western at panic stations needing to make some serious adjustments for the season’s remainder.

“What we’ve had is inconsistency in our results and not so much in performances.”

They have been a side like many teams in the league, mainly their next opponent Newcastle Jets. At stages the Jets have played fantastic football, particularly their midfield, but have failed to capitalise on it, leaving them sitting eleventh on the table and in a bad spot heading into the second half of the season.

Unfortunately for Rudan and his men, the results will be the season’s defining tale and not the performances.

Feature Image Credit: Western United

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