Canberra United will be on high alert when they travel to face the Western Sydney Wanderers on Sunday according to coach Rae Dower.

The Wanderers, who were trounced 10-2 by Adelaide United last week, will be eager to atone in front of their home crowd and Dower stressed the importance of not taking them lightly.

“I think Western Sydney Wanderers will be very dangerous this weekend,” Dower said speaking at one of United’s holiday camps on Thursday.

“They’ll certainly be wounded after their last game and I think this is a real danger game in itself because you’ve got an opponent who is going to be very desperate to make sure that they can make up for the week before.”

Dower pointed to her side’s 6-1 loss to Sydney and the subsequent performances as evidence the Wanderers won’t roll over.

“We’re certainly not taking them lightly at all, we respect all our opponents and certainly we know how we felt after our little blimp against Sydney.

“They beat Melbourne City so they’ve proven that they’ve got goals in them and that they can defend pretty strongly as well.”

With two games remaining before the finals, Canberra currently sit in second place, only two points behind leaders Sydney FC.

Despite registering nine goals in the past two games, Dower is adamant Canberra must continue to improve, especially when the game isn’t going their way.

“Momentum is definitely everything now,” she added.

“Even throughout the game, as dominant as we were, there were times where Perth had that little bit of momentum so I think we saw some good resilience from our girls to defend well and hold them out when they had the ball.

“As well as we can play there’s lots of improvement left in us.”

Canberra will again be without co-captains Ellie Brush and Michelle Heyman due to injury but Dower said Brush in particular was improving.

The Canberra stalwart trained for the first time since the injury this week but United will not look to rush her back in.

“We might just err on the side of caution there, next weekend’s probably more important in terms of bringing her back into the fold.”

Canberra will meet the Wanderers at Campbelltown Stadium on Sunday with kick-off at 2pm.

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