Linton says Canberra’s injury time wins are raising her blood pressure

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Coach Vicki Linton is hoping her side can lock in their three-points earlier in upcoming matches, after Canberra United took their last two games down to the wire.

Both of their last two wins were decided in injury time, and it’s putting the crowd and their coach through all the emotions possible in 90 minutes.

“It’s giving me a heart attack, my blood pressure’s going too high,” Linton said.

“It’d be nice to do that earlier, but it’s really good to show that we can dig that deep and it means that much to these players to put that effort in to get the win.”

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Despite being unable to convert in the first 45 minutes, Linton still saw plenty of positives to take from the game. As well as noting their efforts after a four day turn around.

“We only had a few days turn around but can already see the progression from game one to game two. And the character they showed to come back to get the win,” she said.

“They were really digging deep, they’re really tired, their legs are heavy. So there was a physical battle to overcome, and they just found a way to win and I’m really pleased with that.”

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Recovery for United will prove crucial for the squad in their upcoming game in Brisbane.

With the limited rest that these players will be receiving before their game on Thursday, the depth within the squad could play a big part in their clash against Brisbane Roar.

However, Linton is not worried about this and pointed to the recent debut of 16-year-old Sasha Grove during a crucial period in the match.

“We’ve got good depth and we’ve got good attributes of different players,” she said.

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“Sasha has a great engine and could really spark us energy. At a time in the game when both teams were a little bit flat. We needed a bit of energy and Sasha was able to provide that.”

Today’s match-winning goal scorer Nicki Flannery also had high praise for United’s young debutant.

“Sasha did amazing when she went on,” she said.

“She worked hard, she was in the right position, she put in a great effort. Well-deserved debut.”

Feature image credit: Mike Owen

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