Halloway downplays significance of Wanderers shock

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Western Sydney Wanderers captain Erica Halloway remained upbeat despite her side suffering their maiden defeat of the W-League season in a crushing 4-0 blowout to Brisbane Roar.

The high-flying red and black were taught a lesson by the Roar who ruthlessly punished their lapses of concentration with four second half strikes on Sunday afternoon.

Having also failed to make the most of their own opportunities in the final third, Halloway reflected on a day that the Wanderers were their own worst enemy.

“Brisbane, credit to them, came out firing and were the better team out there,” she said.

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“We had chances which we didn’t take and were a bit leaky in defence.

“You can’t have that in your game without getting punished.”

A key factor influencing Sunday’s fixture was the absence of American striker Lynn Williams, whose electric form for the Wanderers has seen her jet off to USWNT camp for two weeks.

The lack of her blistering pace up front no doubt contributed to the best attacking side in the competition firing blank for the first time all season.

However Halloway believes that there was more at play during the defeat to Brisbane.

“Lynn is an excellent talent and awesome player,” she said.

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“But we have loads of players who as we have seen can step up and play as well.

“Today it was a team thing – we just weren’t on it.”

After seven matches last season’s cellar-dwellers remain in second spot, one point clear of the reigning champions Sydney FC.

And while hopes of reigning in the Melbourne City juggernaut for the Premiership may now be slim, Halloway is confident that Western Sydney can bounce back next weekend and solidify their position in the all-important top four.

“We didn’t play our best game, we know that, but it’s not the end of the world,” she said.

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“We’re still up there fighting in the top four and have a game in hand so we’re definitely not going to get ourselves too down.

“We’ll think about it for a little bit but be back and ready for Perth next week.”

Feature image credit: Western Sydney Wanderers

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Chris Curulli
Chris Curulli
Passionate Sports Media student and all round football obsessive, covering the Western Sydney Wanderers for the 2019/20 season.

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