Game-plan executed perfectly by the players, says Rudan after 5-1 win


Western United head coach Mark Rudan said his players deserve all the credit for executing the game plan to a tee in Saturday’s hugely impressive 5-1 win at Coopers Stadium. 

The win lifting the Green and Black back into the six after 11 goals in two consequent games for the Green and Black.

At a picture-perfect Coopers Stadium, goals to Berisha (2), Diamanti, Burgess, his fourth in two weeks, and Connor Pain helped earn a second win in as many weeks after last Sunday’s 6-2 win over the Mariners.

“I’m happy because the players executed the game plan to perfection, absolute perfection.

“That’s why I’m happy,” Rudan told reporters after the game.

“That’s 11 goals in two games. This is the time of the year to play football as well.

“A lot of confidence and belief now and energy.

“We wanted to make sure we didn’t drop our standards and that it wasn’t [last week’s win] a one-off.”


Green and Black skipper Alino Diamanti was superb, scoring a well-taken goal and opening up the pitch with his vision and creativity.

Besart Berisha did what the legend does, while Josh Risdon was the assist king with three for the game.

But there were stars all over the park, including A-League debutant Ryan Scott who came on for an injured Filip Kurto inside the first 10 minutes.

“Very good… he’s a great leader. A fantastic individual in the dressing room. He’s bided [his time], another NPL player who has gotten his opportunity,” Rudan said of Scott. 

“In terms of his leadership and communication and coming out as well. The back three were really impressed with him.”

United is in sixth with 27 points.

Next week is the final bye of the season before a trip across the country to face Perth Glory.


Western United’s next home game is against Western Sydney Wanderers on Sunday, 29 March at Mars Stadium, Ballarat.

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