Physicality is key for assist machine Dalton

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Brisbane Roar midfielder Isobel Dalton says the physicality she developed in her time playing European football is a big reason behind her success in the 2020/21 W-League season.

The homegrown star returned for another campaign in orange this season after spending the majority of 2020 in Europe with Glasgow City and most recently Italian powerhouse Napoli.

Dalton said it was difficult to identify a specific reason behind her current form, but playing in Europe had added to the physical side of her game which she lacked in the past.

“I think I lacked a lot of physicality especially last year in the W-League season,” she said.

“Going overseas definitely helped me because they are very physical over there and I’ve been able to bring that back and it’s helped my game a lot.”

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The 23-year-old leads the competition in assists with nine in 11 games, helping the Roar into a top four place and an almost guaranteed home semi-final.

Although pleased with her personal performance, Dalton was quick to credit her teammates who she said have all contributed to the Roar’s success this season.

“There’s lots of world-class players around me so it makes my job a lot easier,” she said.

“We have been able to feed off each other and I think it’s worked really well this year.”

Dalton also credited her coaching staff, including Roar’s head coach Jake Goodship who she said had been the perfect mentor this season.

“He has instilled a lot of confidence in me and I think that’s why I’m playing so well. He tells me to be the best player that I can be,” Dalton said.

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The Roar will be aiming to lock-in a home semi-final in their final regular season match against a struggling Newcastle Jets outfit.

“I think in general it’s important to finish the season off well, we want to be going into finals and putting ourselves in the best position possible,” Dalton said.

A home semi-final would be ideal for Brisbane, who are undefeated at home, have scored 15 goals and only conceded three times.

“If we got a home semi-final then I think that would be huge for us, because we play well at home and we have a good support base here,” Dalton said.

Featured Image Credit: Joshua Springfield/Brisbane Roar

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Angus Brien
Covering Brisbane Roar A-League and W-League matches during the 2020/2021 season. Currently studying Journalism at Queensland University of Technology. Big sports fan and lover of football.

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