Western United’s stand-in captain Josh Risdon lauded the spirit of his teammates after the side’s 1-0 win over Sydney FC on Wednesday night.
The right-back took the armband in the absence of Alessandro Diamanti on the night and put in another outstanding, all-action display.
Risdon led all players in the match with five tackles to go with two interceptions and 10 total duels won and said the fight from the entire squad was pivotal in getting the win.
“That was probably one of the most satisfying wins for us this season. The first half wasn’t great and we knew that,” he said.
“We came out second half and I thought we did very well in the second half and got the well-deserved goal. Then we dug deep again against a really good side. It’s a great result and we just keep working hard for each other – can’t ask for much more.”
Western United bounced back after frustration against Sydney last time out
United was left frustrated against Sydney just 11 days prior after giving up a 1-0 lead and missing out on a late penalty after a VAR review.
This time around, though, John Aloisi’s side had control of the match throughout the second half and was able to hold on to the win with a comfortable defensive display.
“We were a bit disappointed after last time, probably thought we deserved maybe a win out of that game. It was just important that we wanted to win here at home, keep our spot at the top and keep our good run going,” he said.
The 1-0 victory was the side’s seventh out of eight wins this season and extends Jamie Young’s lead in the golden glove race for the most clean sheets.
But as has been the message from coaches and players alike all season, Risdon stressed the importance of all 11 players executing their defensive roles to earn what was a six successive home victory.
United will roll into Tasmania on Sunday to face Perth Glory looking to continue its good form and extend the unbeaten run to seven matches.