Georgia Campagnale: Hard-fought loss not the end of the world

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Don’t get me wrong, we were pretty disappointed with the result last week.

As a team we had good structure and played well, but struggled under the pump in the last 20 minutes.

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Our side held off for as long as possible, but they [Western Sydney Wanderers] were given a bit of a lucky free kick and it deflected off the wall. Both goals were from deflections so we were quite unlucky!

We created really good chances and our goal was from well-worked play, so we felt hard-done-by.

I felt that I performed well. I usually try to make attacking runs whilst working to maintain possession and break the opposition down, so it was really good to work with Danny Colaprico.

Our backline communicated very well between Jenna McCormick, captain Emma Checker and Katie Naughton, which made it quite easy to work in the space in front of them.

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Speaking of Emma, she is a fantastic captain, because not only does she show leadership on-field, but off-field as well.

Emma is always fighting for us too. She’ll never shy away from having a chat to ask how we’re going.

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We know if we need anything we can always go and see Checks.

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Looking ahead, I’m so excited to play at home in front of my friends and family.

Having the games at Marden will create a better atmosphere so hopefully we can take that on and put on a show for the crowd against Perth!

Of course, Sam Kerr will be the one to watch.

We’ve all seen how amazing she is as a forward, so we have to reduce the long balls over the top for her to run onto with her lightning pace.

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Our defence is also very quick and will give us great coverage, but we also have to make sure we’ve covered all their attacking options and reposition quickly to stop their other threats like Rachel Hill.

Rachel is particularly dangerous inside the 18-yard box because she likes to poach goals, so if we don’t let her have a free shot that’d be helpful.

But it is not all about defence.

In attack, we can push forward through little combination plays and creating continuous movement.

If our strikers are supported by teammates one-touch passing around their defence, we’ll find it much easier to pressure Perth and tuck in goals.

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We absolutely think we can go far in the competition. Last Friday night was our first match all together and in the end we were solid for at least 75 minutes.

If we keep working hard and continue to gel more, we can certainly reach the top four and become a very dangerous side.

Adelaide United tackle Perth Glory this Friday at Marden Sports Complex. Kick-off is at 4:50pm. The match will be televised on SBS Viceland and Fox Sports, tickets are available online and at the gate.

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A midfielder for Adelaide United, Georgia will be writing a column before every Reds home game for the Westfield W-League 2017/18 season.

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