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Australian Football: Wanderers looking up after derby win

Western Sydney Wanderers boss Mark Rudan says it is important his side build on Saturday's 2-0 derby win over Sydney FC and start climbing the ladder.

The Wanderers are priced at 7/2 to finish in the top six of the A-League and they gave their hopes a big boost with the impressive win over the Sky Blues.

Big week for boss

It capped a great week for Rudan who has impressed since replacing Carl Robinson and was rewarded for his efforts with an extended contract.

But the job is nowhere near done yet and Rudan is determined to lead the club and its supporters into a bright new era.

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"I think that's why tonight is important," Rudan told reporters after the game. "We want to build on this. We want consistency and we want the fans coming back and to be proud of what they see.

"We want this football team to represent this club in the right manner. The fans are hard-working and want to see a bit of fight, grit and determination in their team. Those are the non-negotiables for me."

Huge win

The Wanderers were on top from start to finish and it was Tomer Hemed that got the first goal from the penalty spot before Keanu Baccus headed home the second after the break.

And the magnitude of the win and what it meant to the supporters was not lost on Rudan.

"I understand just how important this fixture is to our fans," Rudan added. "They cheered and sang all night, they're very important to us and the players and I am most happy for them.

"You get rewarded for hard work and endeavour and it's games like tonight that are worth it. I thought we were totally in control with and without the ball."

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