Football can be a tough game sometimes and we learnt that the hard way last Sunday.

The result didn’t go our way in Round 3 – Newcastle Jets losing to Melbourne City 5-2 – and while we we’re disappointed not to have performed at our best, it was a great lesson in the level we need to strive for in the Westfield W-League.

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City are the benchmark and they showed it as Steph Catley, Ashley Hatch and Jess Fishlock showed their class in an impressive performance. At the back we were made to work really hard to keep them at bay and were able to do so in patches – but we need to be better.

Despite the scoreline I think Britt Eckerstrom was outstanding in goal and showed us the talent that she will bring to our team for the remainder of the season.

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Our other American import Katie Stengel was our best on ground, snaring two goals. It was her effort for the full 90 minutes that was most impressive, tracking back when our defence was under pressure and maintaining a high work rate throughout the game.

In what summed up our afternoon we missed the last flight home to Newcastle thanks to some delays at the ground and getting to the airport. So the long trip home via Sydney gave us all some time to reflect on our performance and made us hungrier than ever to bounce back strongly against Canberra United.

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It’s vital that we do bounce back as dropping points in the W-League can put you on the back foot very quickly as it’s such a short season. As a team we’ve put a real focus on being tough to beat at home this season and it’s important that we do that this week.

We’re all really excited to play our first game at our training base No.2 Sportsground, which has been so valuable to our preparation this season.

The club and Newcastle City Council have been so supportive in making it feel like home for us and we want to entertain the local crowd with some high-quality, attacking football.

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A Newcastle Jets midfielder, Cassidy will be writing a column before every Jets’ home game for the Westfield W-League 2017/18 season.