Byrne on unity and the Victory

Wanderers Westfield W-League head coach Rich Byrne says there is a real sense of togetherness in this season's team ahead of Friday night's clash against Melbourne Victory.

Despite a number of fresh faces joining the Wanderers this season, Byrne has found that there is a very strong sense of unity between the players and the coaching staff.

"We have to be a team on and off the field," explained Byrne.

"All the players have the club's values and that helps when everyone thinks on the same page and believes in what we have to do."


The Wanderers will be heading into Friday's match after a bye round and a disappointing 1-0 loss to Brisbane Roar. 

Byrne expects the team to build on their previous performance against the Roar and have taken the bye week to refresh and play a practice match in preparation. 

"It was a tough game and all credit to Brisbane,” said Byrne.

"They came and the first half especially they were in control.

"To be honest, the girls and the coaching staff were all disappointed.

"The chances we created we really could have got something from the game.

"Having the week off, we've had time to refresh and look forward to Melbourne."


The Red & Black have only won one in seven matches against the Victory and will be aiming to snatch their first win at Lakeside Stadium. 

"If we look at all our games so far, we've played some good stuff and some exceptional stuff at the same time," said Byrne. 

"We need to have some consistency through 90 minutes, not just half, if we look at this fixture against Victory they are a good quality team and have brought in some quality players. 

"I think if we play our own game, hopefully we will get the result."