Rudan dedicates this season to the loyal members and fans

As the Wanderers commence their sprint into the Finals Series with one last regular season match this Friday, head coach Marko Rudan has dedicated this Isuzu UTE A-League season to the club’s loyal members and fans.

The Red & Black have secured a home Finals Series clash thanks to their demolition of Wellington Phoenix on Friday night, putting four past the side and holding onto a clean sheet.

It was arguably the Wanderers best performance in the last six seasons with Rudan impressed with the side’s intensity.

“I thought right from the start until the end, that it was an absolute clinic,” said Rudan.

“We played with intensity, intention and purpose, and we got our just desserts.

“The scoreline was probably spot on, we had a lot of chances that first half and second half we just kept building.”

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA – APRIL 21: Aidan Simmons of the Wanderers celebrates kicking a goal with Brandon Borrello of the Wanderers during the round 25 A-League Men’s match between Western Sydney Wanderers and Wellington Phoenix at CommBank Stadium, on April 21, 2023, in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

Having been in the top-half of the Isuzu UTE A-League ladder for majority of the season, the Rudan revolution has been in full-swing in Western Sydney with the club’s head coach dedicating the season so far to the loyal members and fans.

“It’s big for this football club (Finals),” said Rudan.

“This whole season, we’ve done it for the members and fans. The loyal members and fans that have come out this season, it’s for them.

“They’ve gone through a lot of pain the last six to seven seasons. They still come through, they still bring their kids through and families come through. And that’s important. That’s who we are doing it for.

“So I want to dedicate this season to the loyal members and fans who have had a lot of heartache and pain, I want to put a smile back on their face.

“We want to build this club back up and we are working extremely hard to gain their trust back. That’s all we can do and we hope they start coming out in bigger numbers and really get behind the players.”

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA – MARCH 31: Marcelo Guedes of the Wanderers celebrates a goal with Marko Rudan, head coach of the Wanderers during the round 22 A-League Men’s match between Western Sydney Wanderers and Adelaide United at CommBank Stadium, on March 31, 2023, in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Mark Evans/Getty Images)

The Wanderers turn their attention to Premiers Melbourne City this Friday night and a combination of three points and results going their way could see them finish as high as 2nd on the ladder.

“It was really important that we put a good performance on with Finals around the corner, that’s what we are gearing ourselves towards,” said Rudan.

“You want to play well at the right time, we’re doing that and that’s what I’m really happy about.

“Even at three (goals against Wellington), we were pushing for four. Even with four, we kept pushing for the fifth. That’s what really delighted me the most and that’s what really made me quite happy.

“More so than anything else. We’re on the right track.”