The win against Adelaide United last Friday night was an especially important redemption game for myself and the other players who were in the squad last year.

The last time we faced off was in January and we went down 10-2 for our biggest loss of the season.

It was great to finally to get that first win under our belt and to have it happen at home against this particular team made it even more special.

We were unlucky not to come away with a win against Newcastle Jets so we worked on a lot of the things during the week and fixed those minute aspects of our game that were preventing us from reaching our winning potential and I think that really showed in Round 2.

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Our training focus was really on coming out of the blocks with more intensity which is something we lacked during the first half against the Jets.

I think we respected ourselves and our strengths more from the start against Adelaide. We have a lot of skill and speed going forward, and a lot of talent up front.

Marlous Pieete and Susan Phonsongkham displayed this well on the wings and made great runs all night. I felt like we went out for the win from the first whistle and the result came from that.

We were pushing forward well throughout the game but the goal still came late in the 91st minute and it was beyond relieving when it finally sailed into the back of the net. We created a lot of opportunities and could have gone ahead earlier in the game but that’s how it goes sometimes, so to get that goal right at the end was extra special.

Rosie Sutton came off the bench and before scoring the winner I felt like she was already playing exceptionally well. She was our impact player and her presence in the second half definitely made a huge impact on the outcome.

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Lo Lobonta was the stand out performer of the night and I and the rest of the team knew she was going to provide something special even before we’d seen her play a full game. Her composure on the ball and the technical aspects she provided on the night were a pleasure to witness and she created a lot of opportunities for us. It’s really exciting to have her on our side and I’m confident that she’ll be one of the most valuable strikers in the W-League by seasons end.

I think the whole game was finally a chance to show fans and the rest of the League that this is a Wanderers side that can achieve big things this season. I’ve talked to other players on the team and people from the club and the overall consensus is that Rich and the coaching staff have picked a really great bunch of girls. I’m more than confident that this side will carry out an exciting season.

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I caught a few of the other games over the round and payed particular attention to some of the more immediate games coming up in the next few weeks. Perth Glory had a huge win over our upcoming Brisbane opponents and Rachael Hill and Sam Kerr are looking dangerous. I think everyone knew from the start Perth were going to be a strong side so we’re quite excited to come up against them in the future.

It’s always good to keep an eye on those teams that are performing well early on in the season but at the end of the day it’s more beneficial to focus on ourselves and review our own footage after every game.

Training this week has been kept broad, there aren’t really any specific key aspects of our game that we needed to focus on. We’ve just been working on keeping our structure and making sure we cut the lines off.

Everyone knows the role they have to play so if we touch up on a few points and continue to utilise our strengths then the results will continue to come!

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A Western Sydney Wanderers defender, Alix will be writing a column before every Red & Black home game for the Westfield W-League 2017/18 season.