Western United Head Coach Mark Rudan was left proud of his players after the Green and Black’s inaugural season came to an end on Wednesday night.
Despite controlling large parts of the game, United were defeated 2-0 by their Victorian rivals at Bankwest Stadium.
In the club’s first season that was filled with all kinds of challenges, Rudan said he was incredibly proud of the players’ efforts this season.
“I spoke to the players afterwards and told them how proud I am of each and every one of them,” Rudan said.
“I think it’s been a terrific season.
“I thought we were the better team tonight, but you have to take your moments and opportunities.
“I’m incredibly proud of the players and everyone involved at the football club.”
United couldn’t put the ball in the back of the net despite a commanding performance from its midfield.
Melbourne City, who finished second at the end of the home-and-away season, punished the Green and Black at the other end, scoring two second-half goals to qualify for their first A-League Grand Final.
While the emotion was still raw, Rudan said that the club will look to improve in every area that they can next season.
“We need time to reassess and we’ll do that in the next week or so.
“It is still raw but our goal is to improve in all areas from top to bottom.
“It’s been a hell of a ride. We haven’t had a lot of time to put this club together.
“To see how far we’ve come, to make the last four I think speaks more than enough for all the effort that we’ve put in.”