Aloisi believes comeback win is season-defining for Western United

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Most teams that haven’t won a game would collapse at 2-0 down – not John Aloisi’s Western United.

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The side scored three goals in the last 25 minutes to get their first win of the season and Aloisi was jubilant after the game.

“I really do think this win could be the catalyst in turning our season around. We have played very well in other games and just haven’t gotten the results,” he said.

The former Socceroo said that his team were not believing in themselves in previous fixtures, but their near impossible win has changed that.

“We lacked that belief to win games. To get this first win and the way that we did it, we know how good we can be,” he said. 

“That second half showed what type of football team we are.”

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Aloisi knows how important it is to win games when behind and he believes it could change his side’s season.

“If things go against you in football you have to keep working and believing. We showed great character which is what our team is all about. To be 2-0 down and to show that resilience and belief that will change our season,” he said. 

The visitors didn’t just salvage a point from two goals down, they somehow scored three goals to win it.

Aloisi believes they played almost the perfect half.

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“Our second-half performance was exceptional. We just dominated from start to finish,” he said. 

“We even conceded a goal in the second half to go 2-0 but the boys didn’t drop their heads.” 

There have been many reports that certain Western United players are unhappy at the club. After the passion shown today, Aloisi said those rumours can’t be true.

“People can say what they want about some our players not wanting to be here, but if you saw them celebrating inside the dressing room, every single player is wanting to be here and is loving it,” Aloisi said. 

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Aloisi knows how difficult football can be, but he truly believes that this win could be the start of something special.

“We have had a lot of injuries, hopefully we can now go on and win a lot of games.” he said.

“This will give us a big lift. We still have to work hard but this is going to give us a major boost going into the World Cup break.”

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The stunning win puts Western United out of last place in 11th, but with the way Aloisi got his side to turn it around today, the reigning champions may still be able to defend their title.

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Aspiring sports journalist! I love sports and enjoy writing, so added my two hobbies together! Studying Journalism at Massey University, Wellington.

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