W-League | Hopkins upset at “missed opportunity”

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It was another disappointing day for Melbourne Victory as they went down to Perth Glory 2-0 in a scrappy Lakeside Stadium encounter last Sunday.

In a physical encounter the Victory slumped to their fourth consecutive defeat leaving coach Jeff Hopkins scratching his head.

“We just never really got going and I haven’t really got an explanation why,” Hopkins said after the game. “It’s really disappointing to be honest”.

A 16th minute goal from Rosie Dee Sutton and a stunning Vanessa Di Bernardo strike were what dragged Perth over the line, yet if it weren’t for the stunning keeping from Bethany Mason-Jones, who denied Matilda Samantha Kerr on multiple occasions, things may have been different.

“Sam Kerr looked very, very, dangerous right the way through the game.”

“I guess the positive thing was Beth that came in in goal, kept us in the game in the first half actually, made a couple of good second half saves.”

Yet it was still a dreary Victory performance, a performance that left players and coaching staff alike upset.

“The players are really disappointed,” Hopkins went on. “We all understand that we can give so much better, we all can give so much better and I just said to the girls now ‘this is where your character shows’.

“We’ve lost a few games on the trot now. We need to come in on Tuesday and we need to get our heads down and work really hard and prepare for the game next week.”

The Victory now play the Western Sydney Wanderers next week and Hopkins hopes that he can figure out how to get the best out of his players.

“I think we looked like a team that was not playing with any confidence but also we looked like team who didn’t really know what we were trying to do out there. We maybe ran out of a few ideas. It’s a combination of the two things.

“But I think we need to look at our structure this week and do a fair bit of tactical work on getting back to the players, knowing what we are all about as a team cause I thought today we looked like a team that didn’t really look like we had too many ideas.”

 

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