West loss a wake-up call

Mercury (Hobart) - - SPORT -

WESTERN United coach Mark Ru­dan says Satur­day’s shock loss to New­cas­tle can be a wake- up call f or t he A-League new­com­ers.

United were favourites against the Jets but were stunned by a first-half goal and un­able to claw back the deficit, los­ing 1-0 and spurn­ing the chance to put pres­sure on ta­ble-top­pers Mel­bourne City.

“Ev­ery­body thought that we were just go­ing to walk over this team and that cer­tainly wasn’t the case,” Ru­dan said.

“And we made men­tion of that through­out the week, it was a good chal­lenge for them to see — prob­a­bly the first time this year we were ex­pected to win quite eas­ily, ac­cord­ing to ev­ery­body, and we weren’t there.”

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