Rudan takes positives from Jets clash


Mark Rudan is taking the positives out of Western United’s loss to Newcastle Jets on Saturday night.

The Green and Black went down 1-0 to the Jets in Geelong after Angus Thurgate struck in the first half.

But United’s coach believes that despite the result, it was an important lesson learnt.

“It was just one of those games where we did everything but score,” Rudan told reporters after the game.

“It was probably the first game where we were expected to win…it was a good lesson learnt in not to listen to the noise outside the game.”

Rudan applauded several of his players, including Josh Risdon, who was away with the Socceroos in Jordan this week, and Max Burgess who continues to work his way into the side.

“Risdon was superb, he just didn’t give up, he didn’t want to come off.

“He’s deserved his call up [to the Socceroos] and that showed tonight in how he played. He was fantastic.

“Max was able to pickpockets tonight.

“We needed someone to affect the game and Max is good at that.

“He is good at driving the ball, so it was pleasing to see him make a positive impact.”

Rudan added that he is still optimistic for the season ahead and is looking forward to Central Coast away next week.

“Irrespective of tonight it’s a good squad.

“They enjoy being around each other and going to work… so a change of scenery next week outside of Melbourne could be good.”


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