Rudan searching for ‘more quality’ in attack after Wanderers’ thrilling draw with Mariners

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The Central Coast Mariners and Western Sydney Wanderers played to a thrilling 2-2 draw at Industree Group Stadium.

The two teams battled for second place on the ladder at a high standard throughout the match, with both teams highly determined to attack the ball from the start to end.

As time wore on, neither team could strike the killer blow after the Mariners equalised.

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Having started strongly and had late chances, Western Sydney Wanderers boss Marko Rudan felt he had lost two points at full-time.

“My players are still really down,” he said.

“It’s a really tight ladder at the moment, and those little moments, little details matter.

“We just need to add a little bit of quality in front of the goal.

Despite the Wanderers’ finest effort, Silvera cracked the Wanderers’ defensive wall in the 30th minute with a left-footed strike from outside the box to give the home side a lead.

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In an electrifying back-and-forth battle, the Red and Black fought back, with Yeni Ngbakoto finding the back of Vukovic’s net.

“We fought back; that’s what I’m most pleased about,” Rudan said.

“1-0 down, away from home, we were able to get our noses in front.

“It shows character and mentality. It’s another big step forward.”

Brandon Borrello scored the Wanderers’ second goal from inside the box with an assist from Aidan Simmons.

Mariners coach Nick Montgomery needed a response, and Socceroo Jason Cummings provided it.

After a Mariners free kick, the ball rebounded off teammate Nectarios Triantis, onto Cummings’ chest, and into the net. The club’s top scorer netted his eighth goal of the season.

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“Jason was sick last week and then he got a whack in the back of his ribs,” Montgomery said.

“He wanted to start tonight, and I decided I wasn’t going to risk it, knowing how physical and intense the game was.

“He came on tonight and gave us some energy and quality.”

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Feature Image Credit: Ngau Kai Yan

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Edith Yankuba
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A curious journalism student seeking knowledge from the world via stories and all things football. Covering the 2022/2023 A-League season for Western Sydney Wanderers and the Central Coast Mariners.

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