Rudan thrilled with Western United's first home win

Western United head coach Mark Rudan was thrilled with his side’s come-from-behind win over Western Sydney Wanderers.

United trailed five minutes in when Mitch Duke fired home for the Wanderers before the Green and Black turned things around to record back-to-back A-League wins.

Rudan was delighted with his team’s ability to fight back for the three points.

“The win was thoroughly deserved I feel,” Rudan told reporters after the game.

“We again showed courage and resilience, sticking to our principles of play… it was pleasing.”

The Green and Black were forced to make a change in the first half when Panagiotis Kone was subbed off with an injury, which Rudan said was a hamstring. 

Connor Chapman’s move into midfield was seamless according to the Green and Black boss.

“We had to make a change and Connor Chapman did well in the positional change and it was good for [Aaron] Calver to get more time at the back.

“We knew he [Connor] could play in those positions and he was quite seamless when he made the move after Kone’s injury.”

Rudan was full of praise for striker Kwabena Appiah-Kubi, who scored a superb winner on his starting debut for the club.

“With Besart out you have to give Appiah-Kubi a lot of credit.

“He has worked extremely hard… and thoroughly deserved that goal. He’s a great kid.”

Rudan added that the win was another special night for the football club in its short history.

“I’m very proud of the football club tonight.

“Not just the players and coaches but everyone that has bought into what we’re trying to build as a football club.

“I thought we thoroughly deserved the win. It was a comprehensive performance.”

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