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Fast transition, better service to Derbyshire keys to victory

Faster transition and better service to Matt Derbyrshire will be the keys to Macarthur FC getting on top of Wellington Phoenix this afternoon at Campbelltown Sports Stadium.

Bulls coach Ante Milicic, who acknowledged his team’s “disappointing performance’’ last Sunday against the Mariners, identified those two factors as crucial for his team ahead of the round three match.

Milicic said that while the Bulls style of play won’t be changing against the New Zealanders, he wants to see a more rapid transition and opportunities for Derbyshire to find the back of the net.

“We have our style of play but we have to get better and quicker at it,’’ Milicic said in his last media conference before the match.

The Bulls are one win and one loss after two rounds, so they will want to improve that later today, especially with the game being a home fixture at Campbelltown Stadium.

Milicic said the players had responded well on and off the field after the 2-0 defeat to Central Coast.

“It was a good turnout, too, so we were disappointed with the performance for our fans and members,’’ the coach said.

“Now we have a second chance to get it right, to put on a better performance at home,’’ he said.

“But we will focus on ourselves and play to our potential.

“If we can do that we’ll back ourselves against any opponent in this league.’’

The Bulls found it hard to break down the Mariners defence last week, and today’s opponent, Wellington, play a similar style of defensive play.

Bulls defender Antony Golec echoed the coach’s thoughts, saying the Wellington game will be a tough one.

“There is no easy game in the A-League,’’ he said.

“Last week against the Mariners we gave it everything and fell short.

“We were disappointed we didn’t get the win, but hopefully we will get a better result against Wellington.’’

Milicic has promoted James Meredith and Antonis Martis to the squad available for the game.

1. Adam Federici

3. Antony Golec

4. Benat Etxebarria

5. Mark Milligan (c)

6. Aleksandar Jovanovic

7. Ivan Franjic

8. Denis Genreau

10. Loic Puyo

11. Tommy Oar

12. James Meredith

14. Moudi Najjar

15. Aleksandar Susnjar

16. Nick Suman (goalkeeper)

19. Michael Ruhs

21.  Jake Hollman

22. Liam Rose

27. Matt Derbyshire

29. Antonis Martis

31. Lachlan Rose

33.Markel Susaeta

Macarthur FC v Wellington Phoenix

Campbelltown Sports Stadium

Saturday, January 9, 2021

Kick-Off:5:05pm (Local) (5:05pm (AEDT))

Referee: Stephen Lucas

Assistant Referee 1: Lance Greenshields

Assistant Referee 2: Matthew McOrist

Fourth Official: Kurt Ams

VAR: Kris Griffiths-Jones

TV Broadcast:Live coverage on FOX SPORTS 505 from 5:00pm (AEDT), ABC TV from 5:00pm (AEDT), Sky Sport 7 (New Zealand), Kayo Sports ( and MyFootball Live App, Live Fast and Data Free for Telstra mobile customers.

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