Launching a Christmas toy drive with local charities, Canberra United are back home after a few rough weeks on the road hoping to get back to form.
Captain Rachel Corsie saw the focus of the week for the team to make some adjustments and do the work.
“I think it’s an important week for everyone on the field. You earn your right to be in the starting XI from how you perform at training. So we’re going to be working hard," she said.
"I think there’s not going to be too many drastic changes, as you know we believe in our system and our players, our style of play and we know it can be effective as you’ve seen in the first few games of this season.
"We need to get back to that, and so there’s some things we need to tighten up, and tidy up and we’ll do that through the week - and come Sunday we’ll be ready,” Corsie said.
Facing a Sydney FC side similarly under pressure in Round 5, Corsie is looking forward to the contest.
“They’re a fantastic team. All their players have a huge amount of credibility and individual capacity. So there’s a lot of danger there. We need to make sure that we’re up for it and in the 1v1 level you compete," she said.
"We also know we have good quality in our team, and we have to make them worry about us. We’ll look to be positive, and create opportunities and we know that the fans will get behind us and that’s a huge support for us, it really spurs us on. It’ll be a great game.”
A new face in the side, Paige Nielsen, will make her first home appearance in green, joining from Suwon UDC in South Korea earlier this month.
Corsie has played previously with Nielsen in the NWSL and praised her as a professional.
“It’s been tough for her to come in and integrate herself and be thrown into games, two in a row. It’s exciting for her to get to experience a bit of a routine now and be back at home. She’ll hopefully get a warm reception and welcome. She’s a hugely talented player and she can be an asset for us.”