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Sport Matildas search for repeat performance

09:05  25 october  2021
09:05  25 october  2021 Source:   aap.com.au

The crucial details revealed by Cleo Smith's mum in first TV intreview

  The crucial details revealed by Cleo Smith's mum in first TV intreview Police are now focusing on a 'worst case scenario' that little Cleo Smith, 4, was abducted from the Blowholes campsite in remote Western Australia, after disappearing from her family's tent.Ellie Smith and her partner, Jake Gliddon fronted the media for the first time on Tuesday as the fourth day of the search for little Cleo came to a close.

Matildas coach Tony Gustavsson says the message is clear as they take on Brazil for the second time in the space of a week: back it up.

The Matildas are hoping to back up their game one 3-1 win over Brazil on Tuesday night in Sydney. © Dan Himbrechts/AAP PHOTOS The Matildas are hoping to back up their game one 3-1 win over Brazil on Tuesday night in Sydney.

A 3-1 win at CommBank Stadium was just the third of Gustavsson's tenure and his first on home soil.

The Swede's side played well, with their pressing game allowing them to test Brazil.

At times, however, they looked vulnerable at the back and were not assured of the result until Emily van Egmond scored their third to seal the victory with ten minutes to go.

Matildas getting into swing of things

  Matildas getting into swing of things Tony Gustavsson says the Matildas might be some way off the pace over the coming months but is adamant it's all part of the roadmap to a World Cup win in 2023.Drawing a circle within a circle, Gustavsson said the Matildas needed to be somewhere in the middle and manage internal and external expectations if they were to become world champions.

While the fitness of those returning from injuries will be monitored ahead of Tuesday night's fixture at the same ground, Gustavsson said he didn't want to make mass changes for the sake of it.

"We'll take look at risk versus reward and how many minutes they can play," he said on Monday.

"You will probably see a balance of consistency and cohesion.

"Were there some good things in our performance? Yes.

"But there were some areas where we were vulnerable, we got dispossessed in bad areas and their transition game hurt us and could have cost us.

"I want to see a team that steps on the park and can show we can deliver a performance back to back and play with the same intensity, energy, commitment and mindset.

"It's a game where I want to not just say: 'hey we got that win'. Complacency (comes in), a bit of rotation and then all of a sudden, the game becomes something different.

Cleo Smith's disappearance sparks one of WA's largest search operations amid abduction fears

  Cleo Smith's disappearance sparks one of WA's largest search operations amid abduction fears One week ago, at a remote campsite on the West Australian coast, a mother woke up to find her four-year-old daughter missing. Despite one of the state's largest-ever search operations, Cleo Smith is yet to be found. This is how the search unfolded."She wouldn't look comfortable, she would be terrified, she would be so scared," said Ellie Smith.

"This is an important game to keep rebuilding and I want to see that mindset tomorrow."

One player who home fans will be hopeful of seeing more of is van Egmond, who was restricted to a bench spot on Saturday.

Absent from the loss to Ireland last month, the midfielder made up for lost time by assisting Mary Fowler before ending Brazilian hopes of a late comeback.

Crucially, though, the 28-year-old offered Gustavsson a point of difference as Australia deployed a 4-3-3 formation.

"It's impressive that she came in and performed that way because she's not been training at club level for a long time after the Olympics," Gustavsson said.

"That's one of the reasons she started on the bench.

"She got a good training week with us, then she came on in the second half and got that goal but also the assist as well.

"Going to a 4-3-3 we can put her higher up the park and she can float in that area between opponents' midfield and backline.

"She can have those late runs into the box that we've seen her score from before."

Meanwhile, the Matildas have brought Sydney FC goalkeeper Jada Whyman into the squad on Tuesday after Teagan Micah suffered a hip injury in the warm-up on Saturday

Family camped next to Cleo Smith's family break silence .
A Queensland family camping at the Blowholes site at the time of Cleo Smith disappearance and have described their stay which they never forget 'for all the wrong reasons.'It's been 16 days since the four-year-old disappeared from her family's tent at the Blowholes campsite, near Carnarvon in Western Australia in the early hours of October 16.

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