Hopkins has confidence in all of his strikers, despite goalless draw

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Jeff Hopkins is confident Melbourne Victory will continue to improve and says he is not concerned about finding the feet of a particular player in front of goal, after his side’s 0-0 draw.

Hopkins said the result between Victory and Brisbane Roar was a fair reflection, after neither team managed to assert their dominance on the score card.

“I think overall we didn’t deserve to win the game, but we could’ve done so,” he said.

Despite patches of promise, the goalless draw failed to remove doubts surrounding Victory’s ability to score goals after Natasha Dowie’s departure to AC Milan in the off-season.

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It was hard to see how the home team would hit the front and Hopkins admitted the team was not cohesive in attack, but remained confident improvement was around the corner.

“Maybe it was some first game nerves, most [players] were not quite match fit at the moment,” he said.

“I think each game we will get better and better.”

Dowie’s big-name replacement, Lisa De Vanna, battled throughout the game but failed to put herself in real goalscoring positions.

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This did not worry Hopkins either, as he expects Victory to utilise all possible goalscoring sources and not rely on any individual player as they have in the past.

“I think there’s players in our front three who will score,” he said.

“Melina Ayers will score. Lisa [De Vanna] will score goals and create goals. Catherine Zimmerman once she finds her feet is a proven goal-scorer. Kyra Cooney-Cross coming in from behind”.

Hopkins has every reason to be optimistic, but the best way to silence any doubters will be by putting the ball into the back of the net. The upcoming derby presents the perfect opportunity to do so.

Victory are set to travel to their cross-town rivals City on January 10, in what will be a game against the reigning champions.

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