History means nothing for Western United coach John Aloisi as his team prepare to take on Wellington Phoenix in Saturday’s A-League Men’s elimination final.
The Phoenix have an outstanding record against their opponents, winning six of their eight ALM matches against Western since the Victorian team’s entry into the competition in 2019.
That record doesn’t include finals matches however, with Western’s sole finals campaign featuring matches against Brisbane and Melbourne City in their debut season.
It is, in Aloisi’s mind, an important distinction.
“We’ve got players that love this occasion,” Aloisi said.
“We’ve got experienced players that have been in these situations, in these finals games before.
“I don’t think we’ve played Wellington in the finals. This is a new one for the boys.
“The normal season’s out the window.
“This is a finals game and our boys, I know that they’ll be able to…