‘Lapses in concentration cost us’ says Garriock

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Canberra United head coach Heather Garriock says that her side put in a good performance against Western Sydney Wanderers, but lapses of concentration cost them.

United continued their poor run of home results for this season, losing by four goals at the hands of a ruthless Wanderers side. Garriock said that despite the score line, her side was strong defensively in the first half, but moments in the second ended up costing them.

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“We frustrated them, that was our game plan. I thought we were unlucky not to go into the break one up. We missed a few chances.”

“But we were confident going into the second half. I just think moments and lapses of concentration cost us. Obviously, they have got a fantastic strike force, but some individual errors cost us today.”

Garriock heaped praise on her squad, and the affect that the foreign players have had so far on the rest of the squad.

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“I believe in every single one of them. I just thought that today, we did really well in the first half, and in the second half we struggled to maintain that.”

Conditions were less than favourable for both sides, with heavy smoke settling in before kick-off and co-captain Karly Roestbakken said they knew conditions were going to be hard, but they expected a tough game regardless.

“We have been training in the smoke the past few weeks, we are kind of used to it. It did get heavy, but we have to go in and we have to do our job.”

In a change of tactics, Garriock shifted Norwegian international Elise Thorsnes into a defensive midfield role and said that she was excellent in the role.

“She normally plays in the defence in Norway, for her country. So she played a defensive midfield role which I thought she was excellent.”

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“She is very effective, she is a versatile player. Hence why I brought her in as a guest player.”

As well as Thorsnes, Garriock was full of praise for one of her other imports in Simone Charley and said she showed her skill in a match that was filled with quality players.

“Simone has been outstanding for us all season. I think she let loose a few times and panicked the opposition. But in saying that, it was a tough game. We knew it would be. Western Sydney have got that in their DNA.”

Garriock said she took responsibility for the result, but that she also would not sit back and let it be one nil.

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“I went for it. As a coach, I am not just going to sit back and let it be one or two nil. I think it is important that we try and go for a result, hence the blowout in the score.”

Looking ahead, Garriock said that the squad would have a couple of days off before regrouping ahead of their clash against Sydney FC.

“Like I said, I have got full belief in our team. Some of the football that we played today was exceptional. The girls have a couple of days off and it is important to regroup, and we focus on the Sydney FC game.”

Feature Image Credit: Canberra United FC

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