INTERVIEW: Need to get back the winning habit – Rowan McNamee

June 2, 2019


Box Hill United senior men’s enterprising striker Rowan McNamee has urged his colleagues to regain their winning habit, following a 2-2 draw against Brunswick City on Saturday.
The Wembley Park outing against the Spartan Warriors saw Box Hill concede their lead twice in the match.
Nino Lacagnina handed United the advantage on four minutes, but Brunswick levelled proceedings on 18 minutes through Tilmann Stewart. McNamee struck from the penalty spot on 84 minutes to restore Box Hill’s initiative, but their joy was short-lived as Darby Dexter bagged the second equaliser in the stoppage time.

Visibly disappointed at having dropped two points, the Box Hill frontman said, “To concede from another cross inside the box, it has been our Achilles heel all season. So, it is disappointing. I thought we should have had the three points. We should have held the last few minutes.
“They were a good ball-playing team. They had us pinned back [for] a lot of the game. So, I suppose they would be saying that a draw is a fair result.
“We really could have used more experience in the end there [against Brunswick]. It shows that we are a young team. But lapses of concentration have been costing us a lot of points every week, and we need to shut that down.”
Saturday’s draw against Brunswick was Box Hill’s third draw in the last five league fixtures. United have picked up three wins in the campaign so far, and reside just outside the top-six in the ladder.
With the season halfway through, the 24-year-old felt the team need to believe in themselves and aim for higher prospects. McNamee reasoned, “It’s massive [that we build on from here]. We have got to get back into the habit of winning. Three wins at this point are not enough. We need to get back into the top-six. That’s where we want to be.
“In this league, it’s so even – anything can happen. On the bright side, [it’s] good to get a point, but we really need to get back into the habit of winning.”
The former Oakleigh Cannons creative player has been leading the line for United since joining us during pre-season, making a mark with his hold-up play and eye-catching wondergoals from distance.
Looking into his progress thus far, he said, “I would say [I am] satisfied. I am happy to have scored goals so far, and getting a few assists. But I have missed some chances and some passes as well. So, I think I’d give myself a pass mark at this point.
“We need to be getting more wins, and if we are not in the top-six, it’s not acceptable. The same goes for me – when we are not in the top-six, then I am not happy with how I am playing.”
Box Hill next face Whittlesea Ranges at the Epping Stadium on Saturday (8 May, 3PM kick-off). Previewing the Round 16 match-up, McNamee said, “[It’s] another trip. Three points are on offer, three points would be massive [for us] – that’s what we will be aiming to do.
“Every match, you have got to give your hundred per cent, try and come away with three points. That’s the bottom-line.” 

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