W-League | Victory win not far away now says Hopkins

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Melbourne Victory manager Jeff Hopkins believes his sides winless streak will be over soon.

Speaking after Victory’s 2-1 loss to Canberra United, Hopkins says that despite the disappointing result improvements have been made.

“I think from the Western Sydeny game, to the Jets game, to today there has been big improvements” Hopkins said,

“Just disappointed with the way the game went in the second half”.

The Victory took the lead in the 30th minute when captain Christine Nairn played in English international Natasha Dowie who calmly slipped the ball past the on coming Trudy Burke in the Canberra goal.

The lead only lasted until just after the break with Nicky Flannery smashing in a low drive to equalise for United.

The Canberra comeback was complete in the 89th minute after Nairn was adjudged to have handled the ball in the box and Ashleigh Sykes converting the late spot kick.

Despite clearly being gutted for the players Hopkins was realistic in his reading of the match.

“We understood what we were up against against a good side with a lot of attacking weapons with pace”

“Everything that we tried to do came off in certain respects but also we understand that they are a good side and that they were going to have their moments”.

Dowie post game was enraged with the referring of the match making particular point of the decision not to penalise Clare hunt for dragging her shirt in a goal scoring opportunity and let her emotions get the better of her during her post match interview with FoxSports.

“I’m through on goal and nothing’s given. Our player’s (Christine Nairn) two yards away and the ball’s smashed at her and it’s a penalty.

“It’s costing us, we don’t deserve to not get anything out of that game and it’s simple, basic refereeing.”

Not commenting on the refereeing decisions Hopkins decided to look internal to try and conjure up a winning performance.

“We are now in a position where we are ready to win games. We are getting ourselves into position to win games and that wasn’t the cause earlier on in the year.

“But look, I’ve been in the game long enough to know that teams go through these little spells and goal scoring is a numbers game.

“If you keep getting in the positions, getting the balls into the right areas, getting the balls into players things will turn and we will score goals and a lot of them”.

The Victory play Brisbane in their next game.

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