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Australian Football: Western fear no-one says Aloisi

Western United boss John Aloisi says his side will not fear anyone heading in to finals despite slipping to defeat against Adelaide United.

Western are priced at 13/2 to win the A-League grand final but will need to pick themselves up after finishing the regular season with a defeat.

Third-place finish

Western have had an outstanding season under the leadership of Aloisi who took charge ahead of the 2021/22 campaign.

At one point they were in with a chance of snatching the premiers plate but some disappointing results in the final few games saw that disappear.

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Now they are looking forward to finals and they are set to go up against Wellington Phoenix in the first game. All games will be tough at this stage but Aloisi says he is confident they can beat anyone.

Aloisi upbeat

"First up we've got to beat whoever we're facing but we believe we can beat anyone," Aloisi told reporters after the Reds defeat. "We're not scared of any team. And we've shown, whoever we've faced we're able to beat anyone.

"We know that we're getting players back in next week so we're confident. We'll be playing at home, we haven't played at AAMI Park for a long time now."

Western will be boosted by the return of some key players. However there is a concern over the fitness of Nikolai Topor-Stanley. The skipper limped off against Adelaide with a foot injury and could now be touch and go.

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