Slow start killed us says Garriock

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Despite a slow start to the game, Heather Garriock says her players showed great character as they tried to fight back against a two goal deficit.

First half goals to Tameka Yallop and Hayley Raso, proved to be costly as Canberra United lost their second straight home game.

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Garriock said her players started really slow but showed great character in the second half as they chased a result.

“I thought our first 10 to 15 minutes was good, we dominated,” she said.

“The first half did kill us but the second half, from a positive note, I think we showed a lot of character to come back in the game and really try and get those two goals back, but still disappointing.”

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After the 2-1 loss, Garriock said the most disappointing thing was that her side walked away without any sort of result.

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“I thought we could have nicked it there and at least got a draw for the game which I think would have been fair,” she said.

“In saying that, Brisbane hung on, and however they hung on, in terms of slowing the play down and players going down.

“We have seen it in international football, so we need to be just as streetwise.

“I did not expect anything less from them…they were desperate to get the three points.”

Garriock said what cost United when it mattered most was not sticking to their structure and were ill-disciplined, a mistake they can not afford to make again.

“We just need to believe in what we are trying to do,” she said.

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“The first couple of games we have done well and today’s game is just disappointing on different accounts.

“It was not just the two goals, there were opportunities, they could have scored several goals.

“We need to tighten up our defence.”

United have had a different formation in every game so far and Garriock said in terms of United’s stability it was not about the formation.

“It is about the spaces you occupy and the opposition and how they play,” she said.

“Every game is different and that is why we work hard as sports staff to be able to identify their weaknesses.

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“I think we did well this week and we let the players know and gave them a lot of information on what was going to happen.”

Goalkeeper Sham Khamis was outstanding for United all game, pulling off multiple stunning saves to keep her side in the game.

“I expected her to save those shots, they were right in front of her,” Garriock said.

“Some decent saves but again, my expectations of all the players is they should be above average in terms of their performance.

“We’ll go back and look at the drawing board and see what we can do come next week.”

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Another player that received praise was midfielder Olivia Price, who Garriock said was outstanding at breaking up play.

“This is against a professional footballer who plays for Portland Thorns and two Matildas, and she was not out of sorts at all,” she said.

Feature Image Credit: Canberra United FC

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Declan Smith
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