I think our last two matches against Sydney FC and Adelaide United really summed up our season.

For a large chunk of this campaign we showed really positive signs of how we played but in a lot of parts the naivety of conceding too many goals is probably why we finished where we did in the league.

If you look at the Sydney game the first half was a real poor showing, however the second half we dominated possession and maybe should’ve got something out of the game. We created a lot of good chances in the second 45 minutes.

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It was a similar kind of situation against Adelaide and we had some experienced heads missing. It was tough because Laura Alleway was out, Casey Dumont played through a bad injury, Jeon Ga-eul was struggling and I had to come off early.

To be honest we had quite the injury list that day but the first half was really poor once again although we improved in the second half by maintaining the ball but just couldn’t find that final goal. That’s the thing, if it’s a 60 minute game we’d probably be in the play-offs right now.

We just didn’t perform well enough for 90 minutes throughout the season and the top teams can do that consistently week in week out, whereas we’d have a really good game by beating Melbourne City 2-1 and the week after we go on and put up a poor performance. The inconsistency is definitely frustrating but at the same time there’s been positive signs to get excited about.

I had to watch most of the Adelaide game from the bench as I was substituted out with groin soreness. I’m okay now though, there’s was just a bit of tightness for the last few weeks, I’ve had to take a lot of inflammatories to cope with the problem. I got through the game against Sydney all fine but I think it was just too much for me in the Adelaide game and truthfully I didn’t want to tear something or make it worse.

It was hard because I’ve never missed a game in my career and I didn’t want to come off but then I felt as if other players could do a better job than me, they could have a good run around and work a little harder than what I would’ve been able to do. It was good to see Melina Ayres playing in more of a central position, considering that’s her preferred role so it’s important to give younger players some more experience.

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Improving our ladder position slightly from last season was a small step forward as we look to the future. It’s difficult because we are still where we are and part of me thinks yes, it’s a positive because I guess we haven’t finished bottom of the league and if we could’ve picked up more points here or there we could’ve finished a lot higher.

With the squad we had, at times I think we should’ve ended up in a much better spot on the table. There’s definitely been a lot of encouraging signs, some of our best football that we’ve played this season has the capability of beating anyone as demonstrated by the sides that we competed with. Somehow we need to figure out a way of doing that consistently every week, whether it’s perhaps getting a few more experienced players in or not is down to Jeff Hopkins and his recruitment next year.

As my season at Melbourne Victory has come to a close, the motivation of an England national team recall is something that’s never gone out of my mind.

I want to represent my country again, what player doesn’t? Whenever I’m playing that’s always in my mind. It helps me do my best to perform well, I might get a chance but I’ll keep working hard and if it happens that would be incredible, if not I’ll just keep at it and enjoy my football which I am.

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