I believe that Melbourne Victory’s 10th anniversary in the Westfield W-League this weekend is a great opportunity to get back to winning ways.

We’ve had some strong words in training this week, as a group we may have plenty of young players but we do have some experienced heads as well.

The season is very tight as everyone’s beating everyone so as long as we know we’re a massive chance of making play-offs we’re going to fight in every game for our place.

We know that the upcoming match against Adelaide United is huge, they’re down the ladder with us so if we can get the three points this weekend it takes us within three points from the play-offs.

Especially since we have a big break over the Christmas period, we want to make sure that we get the win this weekend.

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After picking up just one point from the last two matches it’s very important to improve on our form.

It started off with a 1-1 draw to Western Sydney Wanderers which wasn’t one of our best performances.

We came out quite slow and then after the thunder break for the 10 minutes that were left in the first half we were very poor while they came out a lot stronger than we did and got their goal.

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Jeff Hopkins had some strong words for us, like we all did because we knew how important it would be to grab the three points.

I felt we really want for it in the second half and were able to score an important goal but it’s a shame we couldn’t get the winner.

To be honest they had a few chances towards the end of the game so I think a draw was probably a fair result.

At the minute we know we need to be getting wins especially considering how close the table is.

A win could really push us up that table so we’re just trying to focus on each game as it comes and aim to get that important win to kickstart our season and end it strongly.

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Our most recent game, a 2-0 loss away to Sydney FC left the whole team very disappointed as I think it was uncharacteristic of us and not what we’ve been about.

This season we’ve been a hard-working team, played some good football and in every game we’ve been in the contest.

Results may not have gone our way but we’ve always been in the game and maybe just lost a match by one goal, perhaps through switching off for one second.

However I think the Sydney game was the first time that we definitely didn’t deserve to get anything out of it.

They were stronger, more physical and to be honest it just wasn’t our day. It was a poor performance from start to finish.

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Our huge clash this week against Adelaide comes with a big milestone for the Victory, as we celebrate our 10th year in the W-League.

I saw it on social media and it’s brilliant to see where the league has developed from the start till now.

Speaking to the players that have been involved in that period including Laura Alleway, who’s been in the league since day one, it’s a credit to Australia and the W-League with regards to what they’ve done for the women’s game.

I’ve been involved in this league for the last three years and the competition has improved even in those few years I’ve been here, not just on the pitch but off it as well.

It’s a positive for the league and I love playing out here so I want to be playing well along with the rest of the team and do Victory proud.

Hopefully we can get a big crowd out to support us and really celebrate our anniversary in style.

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Liam Watson is covering Melbourne Victory this season while completing Media and Communications at La Trobe University.