Garriock demands more from impressive Canberra

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Despite a comfortable two-goal win to start the season, Canberra United coach Heather Garriock believes her squad could have done better against Perth Glory.

It was a strong start to the game for Canberra, however Garriock believes that her players struggled heading into half time and at the start of the second.

“I think we struggled towards the end of the first half then we went into half time and critiqued a few things” said Garriock.

“Then in the second half, I just think that the spaces between the lines were too great, and then we ran out of legs towards the end.”

Injuries to Karly Roestbakken and debutant Jessie Rasschaert certainly didn’t help United’s cause either.

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“Obviously, the injury to Roestbakken, I think she’s got a broken nose, and Jessie with cramps. It made it difficult, and we made it difficult for ourselves, but we’ve got lots to work on.”

Garriock believes that the home crowd at McKellar Park played an important role and is something that they will need again when they face Melbourne City in one week.

“It was massive. Just sitting there in the dugout. I think it was really important, you just heard everybody cheering, especially in that first 15 minutes.

“There was so much noise behind us and around the ground.”

“It’s so important, that come next week that we have the same support and I’m sure we will have the same support.”

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Looking ahead to the Melbourne City clash, Garriock believes that her squad got off to a strong start but need to work out what went wrong in order to avoid the same mistakes.

“Our combinations were excellent, our go forward was really good, our quality of passing, weight of passing, speed of passing, was exceptional. But then we dropped off, so we need to work out why.”

“I think today was important, getting the three points, but next week playing against Melbourne City, I think we just need to have a look at the video footage after today’s match and assess where their strengths are.”

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Canberra will be lining up against a familiar next week, in the form of Ellie Carpenter, who Garriock believes is one of the best players currently in Australia.

“They’ve got Ellie Carpenter. She’s one of the best players in Australia at the moment. That outlet down that right-hand side, we’ll need to shut down. It’ll tell us where we are at as a team, but today I think was super important to start off on a really good foot.”

Feature Image Credit: Canberra United FC

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