‘We pinch ourselves all the time’ – Western United coach reflects on extraordinary winning start

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In their debut A-League Women season, Western United have won all five of their opening matches beating Melbourne Victory, Wellington Phoenix, Adelaide United, Melbourne City and now Perth Glory.

Western United kicked off 2023 with a bang, snatching a late win against the Glory at Macedonia Park on Sunday afternoon.

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The women in purple were so close to holding the Victorian side to a draw on New Year’s Day, but a late own goal from Demi Koulizakis saw United steal their fifth straight win of the season.

United currently sit in third spot behind Sydney FC and Melbourne City only by goal difference while also maintaining a game in hand.

Meanwhile, the Glory have managed to scrape together one win so far and sit in ninth position.

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United head coach Mark Torcaso puts the side’s successful start to the ALW down to his players and their approach to each match.

“It’s unbelievable. We pinch ourselves all the time,” he said.

“That game there describes what we are about as a team and obviously as a club as well. We just fight and keep going. Each week we don’t look at anything after the next game and that is probably the most important thing for us is just to literally focus on each week as it comes.”

United trailed by a goal for most of the game, going a goal down in the opening 10 minutes, but despite the notorious southerly wind at Macedonia Park, Torcaso says his side was well prepared.

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“I did read an article about it being breezy here and for us to be ready for it. But I don’t think anyone understands that we are from the west of Melbourne, and it is probably the windiest place in the world so we were ready for that,” he said.

“We expected Perth to come at us, we know they are a good side they’ve got some individuals that I actually know are from Victoria. All around the park they are quite good too. It wasn’t a shock at all.

“We knew they would come, we just had to be ready for whatever it was gonna be if it was us score first and then it was them and just keep staying in the game.”

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Torcaso also said he was not too worried about the end result and more so the performance of his side.

“Even at half-time I sort of said to the girls let’s just come away with a good result, not the points more about performance so it was just about us coming back out in the second half and just fighting and staying in the game,” he said.

“We knew that we had some really good patches in the first half, it was just about connecting that in the second half. We went down again but again somehow these girls just fight and they work for each other, and they dug deep, and they pinched it again.”

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United will be looking to make it six on the trot when they face Wellington Phoenix for the second time this season in Victoria on Saturday afternoon.

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Aspiring sports journalist and passionate follower of the A-League and Premier League. Young, motivated and keen to be a part of TFS team.

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