Garriock: Canberra United’s wheels have fallen off

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After a third straight four goal loss, Canberra United head coach Heather Garriock has described her teams current form as frustrating.

In their rescheduled round eight clash, United were outclassed by a dominant Sydney FC at McKellar Park on Monday night. Two goals in each half saw United slump to their third straight loss, having conceded 12 goals in that time.

Garriock said that it was best described as frustrating but she still believes they have a good playing group.

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“It’s probably the best word to describe it. We’ve got a good bunch of players and we showed that at the start of the season. It feels like the wheels have fallen off,” she said.

Despite the result, Garriock believes that her side began in a positive way but put their heads down in moments of adversity.

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“I thought we started the game off really well, the first 30 minutes or so. In terms of possession and playing the ball, changing the point of attack, the girls did that.

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“The moment we go down, and there’s adversity, they put their heads down and lose belief. That’s just not good enough.”

Garriock was full of praise for her centre back pairing of Kaleigh Kurtz and Jessie Rasschaert and believes that her side is getting caught in the midfield and that they will have to address the issues that have surfaced in recent weeks.

“In terms of my two centre backs, they were outstanding tonight, they were unbelievable. But we’re getting caught in the midfield.

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“I’m going to say for the third week in a row, it’s a Matilda’s midfield, it’s quality. But it still isn’t good enough in my book. I know the players gave their all for the full 90 but people expect more from Canberra United.”

Even with the recent bush fires causing disruption to their training schedule, Garriock says that her side need to pull together.

“It’s been tough, but I still think we need to overcome adversity and I think we need to pull together.

“We’re just not putting our chances away. I think if we can go one up, then it grows belief.”

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Even after a disappointing three weeks, Garriock still believes there are positives in the form of their young players. She added that changes will need to be made.

“I guess the positive we can take from a football perspective is that we’ve got some quality young players that played tonight such as Ashlie Crofts up front in her first W-League season and Hayley Taylor-Young who has come on and she has got a really bright future.

“We need to make some changes. We just need to come together and work together.”

Feature Image Credit: Canberra United

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