Emma Robers – It doesn’t get better than a last-minute winner

Emma Robers Western United

Western United midfielder Emma Robers couldn’t have dreamt of a better start to life in Green and Black this season.

The No.11 has played every minute of the campaign so far and scored a superb, match-winning goal against Adelaide United on Sunday.

Finding the net for her first ever Liberty A-League Women goal, Robers said winning the game for her teammates was the perfect feeling.

“It was a bit of a dream, it doesn’t get better than a top of the table clash and you’re scoring a last-minute winner,” she said.

“It was definitely really special, and special to share it with this group of girls. I think it’s going to put us in really good stead to keep this up for the rest of the season.”

Having made only one start through nine appearances for Melbourne Victory, Robers is now relishing being an integral part of Western United’s midfield.

“To be honest, I’m really proud of myself. I’ve worked really hard for this, and I’m really grateful to the Club and Mark and Helen for believing in me and giving me this opportunity,” she said.

“Honestly, I don’t think it gets much better than this, I’m taking the opportunity with both hands and hopefully I can keep my form.”

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Not only is she playing regularly in Green and Black, but Robers has also had the opportunity to show more of her offensive attributes in a slightly more attacking role than she is used to.

Typically known for her strong defensive ability, Robers already has a goal and an assist to her name through three matches and hopes there is more to come.

“Usually I’m quite a defensive player, but being able to show my creative side, getting forward, have an assist and have a goal is really exciting,” she said.

“I’m keen to keep learning and developing those skills as well, and hopefully bag a few more.”

A perfect record heading into the team’s first bye of the season has United sitting on top of the table after three matches.

But while the team will have a well-earned rest this week, one eye will be on another big game against Melbourne City which lies around the corner.

An extra week to prepare gives Robers and the team confidence that they can recharge and focus on the next meeting with a local rival.

“Having a week off allows us to get the bodies right, get the minds right and set us up for another tough game against City at AAMI Park,” she said.

“Hometown rivals, you always want to come out with the win, so I think we’ll be up for it and ready to go.”

United will be back in action on Saturday December 17 against City, where Robers and her teammates will go in search of another major result at the beginning of the campaign.