Ono singing different tune as Wanderers keep on winning
WESTERN Sydney superstar and attacking midfielder Shinji Ono has already gone on the record saying he doesn't like running that much.
But after watching him start the season in blistering form, you would not think that was the case.
The man who is a household name in Japan was tireless in the Wanderers' 1-0 win over the Victory on Saturday night, before being substituted in injury time during the second half.
The 34-year-old constantly troubled the Melbourne team's defence with his sublime passing game, while also chasing down everything and forcing turnovers due to his defensive pressure.
"Yeah, but I have to (run)," Ono told APN.
"I want to win, I don't want to lose. If I don't run, maybe we can't win.
"Me playing in the centre is great. Everyone comes together and we play compact. It's very difficult to break down."
Brisbane Roar - the Wanderers' next opponent - also has an attack that's hard to break down.
The two sides will play a mouth-watering top-of-the-table clash at Suncorp Stadium on Friday night.
"It's another challenge. We're looking forward to playing Brisbane. For every game we play, we want to get fitter," Ono said.
"They are a very good team and all their players have confidence in each other.
"It will be a tough game so we'll need the same mentality (as the win over the Victory)."
Ono said some small refinements in attack were behind the Wanderers' undefeated start to this season, earning two draws and four wins from six games.
"We like to play football and we're not playing many long balls. Last season we played many long balls from defender to striker," he said.
"Now we're trying to play shorter passes and everybody is understanding of what we have to do."