Wanderers end winless run as Rudan relishes selection headaches

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Western Sydney Wanderers claimed a comprehensive 4-0 win over Macarthur FC on Saturday to end a poor run of form.

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Before Saturday, the Wanderers hadn’t won any of their last six matches and looked in danger of slipping out of the top six.

But Brandon Borrello gave Western Sydney Wanderers an early lead as Macarthur winger Craig Noone was soon sent off – all in the opening six minutes. After that, there was no stopping Marko Rudan’s men at CommBank Stadium.

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Romain Amalfitano, Morgan Schneiderlin and Calem Nieuwenhof joined Borrello on the scoresheet to move Western Sydney up to third.

It was a performance that coach Rudan was delighted about.

“We had four different goalscorers and that shows we aren’t reliant on one player which is what I wanted to create,” Rudan said.

“Sometimes it can be tough to play against 10 men, but we were driving forward.

“It was a very disciplined performance. We controlled the opposition, with and without the ball.

“The attitude was great, and that’s exactly what we want at this football club.”

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With two consecutive goals from Nieuwenhof in their last two games, Rudan is happy to make difficult decisions when choosing his starting line-up.

“He’s had a really successful season. He is freer now moving forward with Schneiderlin by his side,” Rudan said.

“I want to be having headaches each week with selecting the starting 11, in a positive way.

“I want them to make the decision hard for me.”

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Meanwhile, the Bulls’ night escalated from bad to horrific when Noone was issued a straight red.

The Bulls repelled the Wanderers for half an hour until Schneiderlin slipped into the box and squared to fellow Frenchman Amalfitano, who buried the ball past Kurto in the 37th minute.

“At 2-0, there’s a chance to come back, but in the end, it wasn’t to be,” Bulls coach Mile Sterjovski said.

“When you’re defending a lot, you waste a lot of energy, but it was always going to be difficult with 10 men.”

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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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