“It will work”: Halloway adamant Wanderers are on track

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Western Sydney Wanderers co-captain Erica Halloway remains confident that the side’s tactical decisions will eventually lead to results despite suffering a defeat at home against Brisbane Roar on Friday night.

In a game which unfolded like their first two rounds of the season the Wanderers were able to accumulate numerous chances across both halves but failed to put one of them in the back of the net.

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Rosie Sutton came the closest with her opportunity mid way through the second half however her strike was nudged away and deflected off the post following a diving effort from Mackenzie Arnold.

Lee Falkon also came within inches of scoring only for her low placed shot to be pushed away by another heroic effort from the Brisbane keeper.

The game’s solitary goal came from a curling Carson Pickett free kick from the right which somehow moved uncontested through the box before settling in the far left corner.

It was a goal and subsequent scoreline that Halloway believes is not indicative of the contested way the game was played out.

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“It was a free kick that the goal came off so it wasn’t a great build up play or anything like that,” she said post match.

“I think we matched them but we just couldn’t finish it.”

The Wanderers were utilising their strengths well and started the game with the newfound intensity which was on display last week against Adelaide United.

Their wider defensive players in particular were effective in moving down the flanks and finding themselves involved in the front third of the field.

“I thought Murscka at the back was solid,” said Halloway.

“We stuck her up front at the end to try and snatch a goal because she can get pretty lairy in the front line.”

“Talitha Kramer was super good and so was Alix Roberts on the other side.”

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However Brisbane Roar were just as threatening for the duration of the game and proved to be stronger in dictating the midfield with slick one touch movements between Carson Pickett, Katrina Gorry and Celeste Boureille.

The Wanderers attempts at supplying the long ball were also well nullified by the Brisbane defence which certainly didn’t assist in the sides search for an equaliser.

Halloway is confident that the current squad is doing all the right things and is only falling short when finishing chances. The Wanderers now head into a bye week before facing Melbourne Victory in Round 5.

“We’re just going to stick to our gameplan,” she explained.

“It will work it’s just unfortunately tonight we just couldn’t finish the chances we had.

“I think people looking at us will be worried, we can play and we’ve just got to finish those chances.”

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Rowan McClatchey
Rowan McClatchey
Bachelor of Journalism student from the University of Wollongong, covering Western Sydney Wanderers for the 2017/18 season.

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