Repetition and hard work is key for desperate Roar

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Brisbane Roar W-League manager Jake Goodship was once again left frustrated after his side dropped points against beatable opposition.

The 1-1 draw against Canberra United at Dolphin Stadium on Thursday night was the team’s third consecutive draw to begin the 2020/21 W-League season.

Goodship was brash in his assessment of the team after what was another disappointing result.

“There are certain players that are getting in positions time and time again and have got to be better, they’ve got to score goals and set higher standards for themselves.”

Despite an early goal from experienced midfielder Katrina Gorry the Roar struggled to capitalise on their numerous chances.

Emily Gielnik couldn’t find the back of the net in her 100th W-League game and was in the manager’s firing line despite the milestone achievement.

“She’s fantastic to have in the squad, she’s a really positive person, an unbelievable role model and a great leader.

“However, I think tonight her performance needed to be a lot better.”

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The lack of results are starting to frustrate the manager as the Roar have been dominant in every game they have played this season.

“First time against City was funny, second time against Victory was a bit frustrating, but words don’t describe this performance.”

A devastated Clare Polkinghorne was on her knees by the final whistle and Goodship said that despite the current frustration there is a simple solution to their problem.

“Repetition and working hard at training, and hopefully the players can harness a good mentality.”

While the attack is stuttering, the defence remains as one of the best aspects of Brisbane’s game having conceded only one goal in the previous 180 minutes of game-time.

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“It’s something that we identified last season, we did a lot of work in possession in the back third defensively and it shows, but now we’ve forgotten how to score goals.”

Brisbane have a two week break to reassess before taking on Perth Glory on January 24 in a game that will hopefully deliver them their first victory of 2021.

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Angus Brien
Covering Brisbane Roar A-League and W-League matches during the 2020/2021 season. Currently studying Journalism at Queensland University of Technology. Big sports fan and lover of football.