Barrett gracious in defeat in wake of W-League Grand Final

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Sydney FC coach Daniel Barrett says he had no objections about the final score in his team’s 4-1 loss to Melbourne City in the W-League Grand Final.

City maintained an undefeated season and comprehensively defeated teams along the way, the Sky Blues boss acknowledged how much of a powerhouse the opposition proved to be in 2015-16.

“I think the 4-1 scoreline had a little bit to do with the way we threw players forward there at the end. Melbourne City being the best team all year, and they were the best team today so no argument about the final result,” Barrett said.

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“They gave everything, they had a real go, that’s the real consensus within the squad, so there’s no regrets, but still disappointed we didn’t get the win today.”

Sydney FC started the first 10 minutes of the game well, however dropped off very noticeably to shrug off constant attacks from Melbourne.

The Sky Blues went 2-0 down however received a lifeline with 20 minutes remaining, scoring from the spot kick.

Barret believed the scoreline wasn’t a true reflection of how well Sydney played.

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“I thought we had a sniff from the start, I thought we started really well. We had a good chance early which we couldn’t convert,” he said.

“I thought we were always in the game, it was difficult when they went 1-0 up, it was really important for us to score first today, and that’s what the plan was.

“We cheated a little bit in certain areas with player’s not tracking back to get that advantage. In the end they got that goal, and it was always going to be difficult.

“We had moments in the game where we were definitely in there, but we struggled to put the ball in the back of the net today.

“We would have loved to have taken those chances and possibly it would’ve been a different game, it was always going to be difficult, even if we did find ourselves in front.

“They are a quality side. I won’t kick myself, I was proud of the girls, we worked very hard on ensuring we did the best we can to create those opportunities because we did want to score.”

With the second highest crowd attending a Westfield W-League Grand Final at AAMI Park, as well as the undefeated record, Barrett believed it was an inspiring moment for women’s football..

“It’s what women’s football needed. What’s happened today is it shows that if the resources are put in to such a team, this is what you get,” he said.

“If the other clubs don’t do that, then they’ll continue to come second every year, they’re second to none in relation to how they set up that team, how that team is looked after and as a result you get a quality team that plays quality football and wins games.

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“Sydney FC isn’t a club that’s comfortable being second best, so we’ll meet as straight away as tomorrow.

“It’s already been pinned down in relation to next season, we want to be better, and better than Melbourne City and everybody else. “

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Currently studying at Deakin University in Melbourne, Clem has experience writing on AFL and has worked at Preston Leader Newspapers in Victoria. He loves reporting, spectating, discussing and playing both AFL and football.

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