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Wanderers have nothing to lose against Bulls: Rudan

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Western Sydney coach Marko Rudan was suspended for two weeks after the Wanderers last played Macarthur, but he says there's "no pressure" for Monday's clash.

MARKO RUDAN. Picture: Brett Hemmings/Getty Images

Western Sydney Wanderers' season faltered after their last A-League Men showdown with Macarthur FC, and coach Marko Rudan will be aiming for a reversal in fortunes on Easter Monday.

The sixth-placed Wanderers travel to Macarthur with their finals hopes alive but not decided.

The last time Rudan was at the helm against Macarthur his side suffered a controversial 4-3 loss and he let rip at the officiating in the post-match press conference.

He was subsequently suspended for two matches by Football Australia.

The Wanderers lost four of their following six matches after the Macarthur defeat, but had a vital 2-1 win in their last game against Perth Glory.

"(Macarthur) have had a good season. They are a strong outfit with a lot of experience in that team," Rudan said.

"We know the dangers they pose. We are going in with the mentality to go all out. We have nothing to lose. There is no pressure on us. We will go out with freedom and no fear and give it our best shot."

The Wanderers are on 31 points and one clear of Melbourne City.

A Lachlan Brook winner in the 83rd minute gave the Wanderers a vital win over Glory in their last match.

"There were positives from that game away against a team that is quite strong normally at home," Rudan said.

"Being able to turn things around very quickly was pleasing. The togetherness and attitude has been fantastic since that game.

"We are looking to put a good run of games together."

After the competition took a week's break last week, Rudan said he analysed what the club needed to put together back-to-back strong performances.

"It's just that competitiveness. It is something I had a look at the last couple of months and changed up a bit of the program," he said.

"We need to get that competitiveness back with the duels and our pressing moments."

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