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Mitch Duke on Fox Sports Panel

Wanderers Striker Shares Insight Into Club’s Recent Performance Improvements

The Western Sydney Wanderers are currently eighth on the A-League Ladder but are undefeated in their last four matches after an embarassing 5-1 loss to the Newcastle Jets at home.

After the club’s 4-1 away to Brisbane Roar on Friday night, striker Mitch Duke spoke with the Fox Sports panel of Adam Peacock, John Kosmina and Saša Ognenovski about how his side has turned around their form.

“There is alot more belief in the squad.

“The first game that I was involved in was a 5-1 rout [against the Newcastle Jets].

“Since then we’ve reset [our] goals to finish off the season.

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“Everyone is really just following through with it and [showing] such good confidence and belief in ourselves and now it’s really just [paying off].

“The goals were set by writing down a list after the Newcastle game because everyone was just not happy with [things].”

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When asked if it was a team initiative, Duke said: “It was the coach and the team.

“We got together and rattled off ideas and words, keywords, that we should really focus on and strive [toward] every time we go out on the [field] and the boys are really following through with hardwork, discipline, individual jobs and just things like that.”

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“They were the kind of things we wrote down on the list and we set little targets as well; clean sheets and a certain amount of goals we want to score; short term goals; and going at it game by game.

“Everyone has stepped it up at training.

“Since then we’ve stepped it up another level.

“It takes more than just reputation to get you in the team now.”

“[Healthy competition] makes such a big difference.”

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When questioned by Fox Sports Panelist, Sasha Ognenovski, about his time playing in Japan with Shimizu S-Pulse, Duke said: “To survive four years in Japan you have to adjust.

“Technically they are unbelievable over there.

“I think in the first six weeks I went there I was pretty much chasing shadows.

“I had to learn quick or I wasn’t going to last.

“To be honest it’s helped my game massively and it’s given me huge amount of confidence and I want to show what I can do now back here in the A-League.

The Western Sydney Wanderers play Wellington Phoenix away this Sunday. The Phoenix are coming off an 8-2 drubbing of the Central Coast Mariners which saw their Head Coach Mike Mulvey sacked.

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