Over the last two matches Kyra Cooney-Cross and Melina Ayres scored their first W-League goals for Victory, it’s important now to keep their confidence levels high.

In my opinion I feel that confidence out here is actually a big thing that players lack, especially with the girls at Victory.

I don’t think they believe in themselves enough and as a group we all need to work on that.

I look at individuals like Ayres who was top goal scorer for South Melbourne and was at City last year.

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I still don’t feel these players truly believe they should be playing in the W-League.

That’s where myself, the coaching staff and senior players need to get around them and try to build some confidence about them; not arrogance as such but as a centre-forward and striker you need to go out and strut your stuff a little bit.

That’s the role you need to play in the team because if you don’t believe in yourself then no one does.

Cooney-Cross is in a slightly different situation. Being 15-years-old she’s very young and it’s been a good year for her just to see what the W-League’s about and get that experience.

Hopefully for next year I’d like to see her step up a little bit more and have that confidence having gained exposure this season.

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The same goes for a lot of our players including Lia Privitelli, Annabel Martin and Angela Beard who are all young but have been given valuable game-time in the W-League so there’s no excuse now they’re not kids anymore.

They’ll need to start viewing themselves as senior players who can really step up and look as if they are confident in their abilities.

I think we were really disappointed in our performance against Newcastle Jets, I felt like we didn’t really turn up, especially in the first half.

They were strong, physical, out-fought us and that’s the difference at the minute in this league, all the teams are very close but it tends to be the team that’s mentally and physically more prepared that wins the game.

It was a similar story in the Brisbane Roar game, first half we were in control 1-0 up and very comfortable in my opinion, I felt like they didn’t have many chances.

However, we started to give the ball away too easily which made us do extra running we probably didn’t need to do.

We were unlucky to not get anything from those games but at the end of the day that’s football and the table doesn’t lie so that’s where we need to come together a bit more and learn how to see games out and not just be a 60-minute team.

We know we’ve got to play full 90 minutes and how we use our energy, by keeping the ball and looking after it a bit more, hopefully then we won’t be tired in the second half.

In saying that, we’ve been really pleased as a group this season about avoiding the blowout on the scoreline.

We’re not where we want to be but last season we were losing games by four or five nil, we’re a lot harder to beat now.

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The difference is in the finer detail, we’ve got a lot of young players and locals that aren’t international or featuring for the Matildas which many other teams have the picking of.

It’s all about getting our players up to speed because the league is getting stronger, it’s not easy for local players to come up against professionals who train full-time and have been through the system year after year.

I definitely think the way Jeff Hopkins has got us organised shows that’s he’s the best coach in the league.

He’s played professionally in the English Premier League, so he’s done a lot in the sport.

Every week we go into games knowing that we’re very organised and then it’s just down to us to execute the gameplan.

Ahead of a crucial Melbourne Derby clash this weekend, we know where we are in the league.

If we’ve got any chance of play-offs, we need to win all our games and hope results go our way.

We’re optimistic we can do that given the group of players that we got, the results we’ve achieved this year, how close we’ve been and how far we’ve come as a team, meaning that we’re confident with the four fixtures left.

City are a very good team that keep the ball, they probably have the best passing accuracy in the league and we know what they’re about.

They like to play pretty football so it’s going to be a game again where we’ll try to frustrate them like we did at AAMI Park.

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To be honest, I think we were really unlucky not to win the game last time we played.

We created a great amount of chances in the first half and even in the second, so to concede in the 83rd minute with a header was a real killer blow.

City have found good form with a handy result against Perth Glory so they’ll be coming into this one in fine spirits whereas we’ve suffered back-to-back defeats.

They have momentum on their hands but football’s a crazy game and the way this W-League is going, anyone can beat anyone.

I’d love nothing more than to win the derby and stop them making play-offs which hopefully is where we’ll be come finals time.

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