Western United Head Coach Mark Rudan insists that his team’s main focus this week has been on Western Sydney Wanderers.
United are coming off a thrilling 3-2 comeback win against Melbourne Victory which saw them overturn a two-goal deficit to take all three points at Marvel Stadium.
But despite the historic win, the message to the team this week has been underlined by Rudan and his coaching staff.
“The message was pretty clear post-game,” Rudan told reporters on Thursday.
“You’ve got to give them [United players] a pat on the back and reward them when they’re doing well.
“At the same time, we spoke about complacency and making sure we don’t drop off this week and that’s been the message throughout the week.”
The Wanderers will provide another big test for the Green and Black.
Markus Babbel’s side have 10 points from a possible 12 and have the best defensive record in the league.
Rudan’s expectations are clear though for the highly-anticipated clash.
“We continue to do the same thing, albeit we start better.
“It’s another issue that we spoke about during the week, and we need to rectify that.
“We need to start well against this team. We know that they defend quite well, they can get into quite a deep block.
“They deserve to be where they are and we need to be really focused, but we’re in a good place.
“We’ve got a lot of threats now and we have a team that can keep the ball.”
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