Canberra United’s scoring drought a ‘living nightmare’

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10 goals in two weeks. That’s how many Canberra United have conceded in their last two matchups.

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The blow comes just as they had seemed to finally land on the same page as a squad, after a 5-1 victory over the Newcastle Jets.

However, this form has since slipped from their grasp as they fall back into their scoring slump to concede five unanswered goals against both ladder dwellers, Wellington Phoenix, and leaders, Western United.

During the last two matches their opponents have created almost double the amount of shots on goal, leaving Canberra grasping for scoring opportunities.

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What’s more concerning is that in the latest matchup, it only took Western United one half to create their five-goal lead.

After a stern half-time chat the players ensured this effort wasn’t repeated and managed to keep a clean sheet in the second term.

Head coach, Njegosh Popovich, admits they need to have a look at their attack end if they’re to avoid another big loss.

“That’s one of the things that we need to start getting back in our play, that attractive form of football that we have been missing in the last two games, although there was glimpses up there in the second half,” he said.

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While their circumstances haven’t been helping Canberra, Popovich knows the core of their troubles comes from themselves and not the conditions.

“One of the things is it’s psychological, it’s travel, you know we can name a number of factors, the heat, everything like that but it is the same for both teams,” he said.

Veteran defender, Ellie Brush, has played in over 100 matches for Canberra United but describes the series of losses as undoubtedly a “low point” of her time at the club.

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“Playing in it, this feels like a bit of a living nightmare at times, because you’re trying your best, and it’s just not clicking,” she said.

“It feels like, both teams have just had everything click for them.”

Brush feels it’s troubles at both ends that resulted in the 10 unanswered goals but hopes that going back to the drawing board will change things around.

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“It’s not sort of any one particular person’s fault,” she said.

“We all kind of had kind of a shocker, but it’s kind of systemic as well. And we, you know, I think we need a lot better organisation on-field.”

Canberra will need to sort something out fast as their next opportunity for redemption is just a week away against the Newcastle Jets.

Feature Image Credit: Canberra United

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Grace Buckmaster
Grace Buckmaster
Sports Media student at the University of Canberra. Covering Canberra United for the 2022/23 season. Women's sport enthusiast.

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