Antonsson on new partnership and Western United

Marcus Antonsson spoke to the media ahead of Saturday night’s fixture against Western United at Commbank Stadium.

The Swedish striker is set to play in his second A-Leagues fixture for the Wanderers and will be coming off the back of a frustrating draw against Wellington Phoenix in sweltering conditions.

Antonsson is certainly used to the hot weather, having joined the club from Saudi side Al Adalah where he featured in 16 matches and scored six goals for the club.

“Coming from Saudi, I played in 40 degrees so I’m used to that but then it’s also different when the sun is on you,” explained Antonsson.

“It’s good to have that first game done and everybody agreed that we didn’t create enough good chances in terms of how much of the ball we had.

“You always learn from certain games and that’s what you have to do to improve all the time.”

The Wanderers will now face Western United in their second consecutive home match and are expecting a tough battle against the side.

Western United have had the perfect start to the season, who come into the match after an opening round win over last season’s premiers Melbourne City.

“They sat pretty deep actually, so it’s difficult to break them down,” said Antonsson on Western United’s recent performance against City.

“We have been doing some work during the week if that happens again, but obviously you never know what to expect, but we always try to find solutions.”

The Saturday night fixture marks another opportunity for Antonsson to continue to build on his partnership with Wanderers Medal winner Brandon Borrello, who impressed in his first season at the club.

Despite the partnership yet to set fire in the A-Leagues season, there have been plenty of positive signs in pre-season matches and the Australia Cup.

“It’s about getting time together, getting games, getting minutes together,” said Antonsson on the partnership.

“He (Brandon Borrello) was just coming off the flight (from Socceroos duty) so it’s always going to be better.

“We have a really good partnership so far and we do a lot of work during the week. So I’m excited to see what it’s going to bring this season.”