Three wins out of a possible four would usually indicate a team on fire but not according to Canberra United coach Heather Garriock.

In the wake of their latest win, a 3-2 triumph over Perth Glory, Garriock was asked what level her team was functioning at.

Her response? 60 percent.

That may seem harsh for a side who just went equal top of the table, achieved without the presence of Matildas Michelle Heyman and Ellie Carpenter.

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However anyone who watched Saturday’s hit out at McKellar Park would know exactly what the head coach was talking about.

The home side started brightly, at ease in posession and creating a number of half chances.

Ultimately it was rising star Grace Maher who delivered the breakthrough with a sublime piece of individual skill. Receiving the ball just outside the box and surrounded by defenders, Maher moved the ball from left to right and buried her shot in the bottom right-hand corner.

However Rachel Hill would equalise for Perth just before the break as Canberra completely switched off.

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15-year old Amy Sayer restored the lead before Laura Bassett tucked home what proved to be the winner 10 minutes from time.

But again Glory hit back when Alexia Moreno netted from a  free-kick, creating a few nervy final minutes for United.

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Post-match Garriock was happy with the amount of chances they created but noted the concerning brain fades.

“We started off the game well and were outstanding in the first 20 minutes,” Garriock said.

“The momentum changed and we got into some old habits, but we’re starting to build confidence and we’ll take plenty of confidence from this game, the amount of goal-scoring opportunities we created today was outstanding.”

The win against Glory was a trademark case of job done. Had Perth’s Sam Kerr been present it could have been a much different story but you can only play what’s in front of you and Canberra did that.

Goalscorer Bassett spoke mid-week about the importance of winning home matches. While happy with the three points, she echoed her coach’s sentiments.

“We know we’re not there,” said Bassett.

“I don’t know about 60 per cent, Heather drives a hard bargain but we want to keep improving each week and that’s what drives us.

“This team is very grounded, very hard working and what it likes to do is get back out on a Tuesday and keep working.”

Keep doing that and they may even edge towards 80 percent.

Opposition will be praying they don’t.

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