Rudan looking ahead to Western United’s first Victorian derby in A-League


Western United will bring their second-half performance from the weekend into this Sunday’s Victorian derby against Melbourne City, according to head coach Mark Rudan.

After a first-half stalemate against Perth Glory, the Green and Black put in a superb second-half performance in just its second A-League game.

And Rudan expects more of it this Sunday in Geelong.

“Confidence and belief is important and they certainly will bring that second-half performance into [the] derby,” Rudan said.

“The training week was really good, the vibe was really good at the club. We’ve got some fantastic individuals here as well. I think it’s important that we stay focused.”

Western United opened the scoring against the Glory through Panagiotis Kone just after half-time.

The former Greek international found room on the edge of the penalty area before guiding the ball into the corner past keeper Liam Reddy.

Glory managed to find a way back through Kristian Popovic, who equalized 15 minutes from time.

Western United will play its first of six derbies for the season on Sunday against the undefeated Melbourne City.

It will then head to Marvel Stadium for a Saturday night clash with Melbourne Victory.


Western United’s next home game is Sunday, October 27 against Melbourne City at GMHBA Stadium, Geelong. Kick-off is 6.00 PM

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