Western United Head Coach Mark Rudan is remaining positive despite his side going down 1-0 to Newcastle Jets on Sunday night.
A first-half Roy O’Donovan header was enough to hand the Jets all three points in a tight affair at McDonald Jones Stadium.
Rudan was pleased with his team’s performance however and could not discount the players’ attitude in the defeat.
“I thought we started the game off really well,” Rudan told reporters during the post-game press conference.
“They had the ball for the first five minutes but didn’t really penetrate us or have any shots.
“But as the game wore on, we started to get to get into the game. We had quite a few shots.
“I’m really proud of them in terms of their performance, their attitude, and their willingness to get back into the game.”
The Green and Black searched for an equaliser in the second half - Max Burgess going the closest with a pair of long-range strikes.
“In the second half our decision making wasn’t the best and our execution could be better as well,” Rudan said.
“It’s something that we need to go back and have a good look at on the video and look to improve.”
United dropped to eighth on the A-League table with three games in hand over seventh-placed Newcastle, and two games in hand over sixth-placed Adelaide.
However, the message is loud and clear for the Green and Black heading into Friday’s clash with Western Sydney Wanderers.
“Keep the message positive. Destiny is still in our hands.
“It’s important that we continue to do the right thing and keep the boys positive.
“The next game is the most important for us which is the Wanderers.”
Western United face Western Sydney Wanderers on Friday, August 7 at Netstrata Jubilee Stadium. Fans can watch live on Fox Sports, Kayo, or the MyFootball Live app.