Head coach Heather Garriock believes her side are ready to take the contest to Melbourne Victory on Sunday afternoon in a must-win match for Canberra United.
With just four rounds to go, both clubs are chasing down fourth-placed Brisbane Roar (14 points), with Victory (14 points) currently sitting in fifth position while United (10 points) sit in sixth place.
Canberra has been in good form on the road this season – losing only once – and Garriock believes her side will claim another three points on Sunday afternoon.
While she admitted confidence has taken a hit after the three straight losses, Garriock believes Canberra’s United culture will shine through.
“Culture is important and when we started the season we spoke about culture and character being the foundation of our season,” Garriock said. “We will revert back to our values, one of which is never giving up.
“We are not going to throw the towel in. We are going to give Melbourne Victory a run for their money. I think it is going to be a tough match because the girls are up for it.”
Canberra will be without co-captain Karly Roestbakken, who is away on a Westfield Matildas training camp. Garriock said the loss of Roestbakken is disappointing for the crucial clash but has confidence in the players who will step onto Lakeside Stadium.
“It is disappointing Rosty doesn’t get to play for Canberra United in such a massive game for us, but we’ve got other players to step in,” Garriock said.
“We’ve tweaked things a little bit based on her absence. Everyone in training knows they’ve got an opportunity, that’s my philosophy. It’s going to be great to see some new faces this week.
“We are going to miss her but we have a squad of 23 players and I am confident in every single player.”
Match details | Westfield W-League Round 11
Melbourne Victory vs Canberra United
Kickoff 4pm AEDT on 26 January 2020