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Australian Football: Bad habits return for Wanderers

Western Sydney Wanderers boss Mark Rudan was far from impressed as his side slipped back into some bad habits during the derby defeat against Macarthur.

The Wanderers are priced at 5/1 to finish in the top six of the A-League but the defeat against the Bulls has dented their chances of playing finals football.

Poor start

Rudan's men got off to the worst possible start when falling 1-0 behind after just eight minutes when Craig Noone put the home side ahead with his third goal of the season.

The Bulls had to wait until the 73rd when doubling their lead through Ulises Davila but a goal from substitute Terry Antonis set up a grandstand finish.

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However Macarthur made sure of the points when Davila grabbed his second goal of the game from the penalty spot deep into stoppage time.

Rudan not impressed

Speaking to reporters after the game Rudan felt it took his side too long to get themselves into the game and says they left themselves too much to do when they did start to play.

"We didn't do what we did in the training paddock," a disappointed Rudan said. "Very undisciplined performance in the first half, they went back to their old ways, old habits. Simple as that."

Wanderers are now 10th on the A-League ladder after winning two and losing three of their last five games.

They remain six points behind Sydney FC who occupy sixth and Rudan's men need to get on a run sooner rather than later if they are to have any chance of making up the ground.

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