Australian Football: Ugarkovic hits back at critics
Western Sydney Wanderers midfielder Steven Ugarkovic has hit back at the critics who are suggesting coach Carl Robinson is on borrowed time at the A-League club.
The Wanderers are priced at 17.00 to win the 2021/22 A-League grand final and the pressure is on Robinson to get the Red and Blacks challenging in the campaign ahead.
An opening goalless draw against a top side like Sydney FC could be forgiven, but the Wanderers faithful would have been
expecting more than a 2-2 against Newcastle Jets.
The critics hit out at the performance and are questioning whether Robinson is the man to take the Wanderers forward, but Ugarkovic says they are being ignored.
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"You're going to get that in any sport (and the criticism) is a little bit unfair," Ugarkovic told FTBL.
"But when you take on a job like the Wanderers and all the publicity that's been around the club over the last year then everything will be highlighted.
"I'm sure the boss would have expected that and he's dealing with it well. We know our roles and our directions - anything else is just outside noise."
Call for patience
Robinson has again brought in a host of new faces and Ugarkovic says they have to be given time to gel together.
"It comes with time and being more comfortable with each other and trusting each other," he added. "It's coming each game -
I feel our performance in the second half against the Jets was the start of it. We just need to push on from here."