INTERVIEW: Head coach praises locker room vibes

March 14, 2019

Box Hill United senior women travel to Calder United on Saturday (3 PM kick-off) in the NPLW Round 4, and head coach Brian Roberts is confident of his charges’ right mindset to deliver against a high-flying opponent.

Box Hill ladies recorded two straight victories before slipping to an unfortunate defeat in the previous round at Wembley Park against Alamein FC, despite dominating the first-period.

While Calder are unbeaten in three rounds – scoring 18 goals and yet to concede in the league.

But Roberts played down the statistics, and said his players are confident of a good showing, “Looking around the park, it’s evident that they (Calder) have got a lot of quality. They have scored quite a few [goals] and haven’t conceded anything.

“That will be our challenge to break that – the clean sheets they have had – and they will be tested this week. With the quality that we have, it’s going to be the biggest thing for them. We’ll hope to put them on the backfoot more than they put us. We are certainly going there with confidence and take the game to them.”

The former Reading FC forward added, “I am concentrating on what we are doing. The players are mindful of what we have been working on throughout pre-season leading up to this point. There’s no negativity around in the changing room. It’s all positive vibes, and this is just another challenge.”

 

The manager further explained the foundation is already in place to help the team turn a corner and work towards a quick response following the Alamein loss, “I haven’t really needed to motivate them [after the loss]. We have got such a great group of players.

“They came in on the [next] Tuesday and the first thing we see as coaches is body language; and they were upbeat, training was great. There are a lot of young players and the experienced ones are keeping things intact. It’s good.”

Discussing the positives from the campaign so far, Roberts added, “We have been consistent in the first five halves of football. Based on the three games [so far in the season], we are creating a lot of goal-scoring opportunities.

“But unfortunately, on the weekend it didn’t pay off [against Alamein]. It was different for us in the fact that we actually had to chase the game, rather than having our noses in front. [But] that’s all part of the learning for this new group of [Box Hill] players and there are heaps of positive signs.

“The consistency and shape of our play have been really good, and our work rate off the ball has been excellent. So, we are in a good position at the moment.”

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