Rudan remains positive after attacking display in Gosford


Western United head coach Mark Rudan says his side’s relentless attacking threat will reap rewards. 

The Green and Black dominated their opponents everywhere but on the scoreboard in the last two weeks with a couple of 1-0 reversals at the hands of Jets last week and Mariners on Sunday night.  

But Rudan is supremely confident his attacking threats and players’ mentality will bring United wins again.

“We steamrolled them. Twenty-four to 25 shots to their eight,” he told reporters after Sunday night’s game in Gosford.

“Another game that’s gone begging for us. I can’t fault the players at all. Fantastic attitude.

“Their effort was super-class. Proud of the boys.

“Those two narrow losses, we absolutely annihilated them [the Jets] in the second half and the same in this one [Mariners]. Sometimes it goes for you, sometimes it doesn’t.”

Sydney FC is the next challenge for United followed by Victory in two high-profile home matches on the club’s home deck, and Rudan is supremely confident in his troops responding against the reigning champions.

Rudan added he’d like a please explain from the referees around the use and interpretation of ‘natural’ and ‘unnatural’ positioning of arms when defending balls in the box and handball rulings.

United had a couple of strong penalty shouts in the second half on Sunday night, both causing frustration and confusion around the interpretation of handball and the use of a VAR (Video Assistant Referee). 

“They were both, from my eyes – and my eyes aren’t the best at the best of times – but I saw them pretty clearly as penalties.

“What’s natural, what’s unnatural? I have no idea anymore; I just don’t get it,” Rudan said when trying to explain the decisions.

Mariners coach Alen Stajcic concurred with Rudan, telling reporters: “I don’t know what a natural position is anymore”.


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