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Australian Football: Rudan facing huge Wanderers test

Western Sydney Wanderers coach Mark Rudan admits he has got a huge job on his hands but says he has been impressed with the way his players are keen to rise to the challenge.

Western Sydney are targeting the top six of the A-League and to play finals but Rudan has a big job on his hands to get them there.

Languishing on the ladder

Rudan has only been in charge for three games since replacing the sacked Carl Robinson but they have only won one of them, losing the other two, to sit 11th on the ladder.

It sounds like Rudan has been left surprised by the amount that needs fixing at the club but he is convinced they can turn things around.

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Despite losing two of the games, Rudan says he can see progress in the short time he has been there.

"I've never walked into a job halfway through a season when you have to assess so many things," he told reporters.

"I've got my own checklist and I've observed a lot and it's (a) huge (job) but the most important thing is that I feel the club wants to be led.

"They're all buying in. People around you know and can sense when something is happening and they will only follow you if they believe in it.

"I've been taken aback by everyone at the club by their attitude. There's a long way to go and it's small steps right now."

Duo fitness battle

Wanderers are back in action when they face Melbourne Victory on Wednesday night and Rudan hopes to have both Jack Rodwell and Tomer Hemed back fit following thigh injuries.

"They've both been going OK," he added. "With so many games coming thick and fast I'll decide on gameday, have a chat with the medical staff and players themselves and then we'll make a decision."

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