Focused Victory eyes premiership in Sydney

Melbourne Victory

Jeff Hopkins is looking forward to Wednesday’s clash against Sydney FC as Melbourne Victory eyes the Westfield W-League Premier’s Plate.

Victory clinched a place in the Finals Series with a 6-0 thrashing of Perth Glory at Epping Stadium on Sunday.

It will wrap up its regular season away to Sydney on Wednesday, and a win would see Victory claim a second premiership.

Victory head coach Hopkins said his side was refocusing ahead of the trip to Cromer Park.

“We’ve really been trying hard just to look one game ahead,” he said.

“It would’ve been easy to start looking at the Sydney game and saying we should be playing for a premiership in that game, but that doesn’t happen unless we win the game today (Sunday) and we win it well.

“We’ve done the job today and now after the game it’s about refocus on the next game and that’s against Sydney up in Sydney. We recover and then we’re now in with a great chance to go up there and take a premiership.

“Two or three weeks ago I think Sydney would’ve been thinking they’re home and hosed but we’ve just kept going and chipping away and chipping away and chipping away and I think six wins and a draw in seven, five clean sheets and today we found our scoring boots as well which was nice.

“Pleased with the way that we’ve kept focused on what’s just in front of us and that’s got us to where we are now and we’re looking forward to the game on Wednesday. We know we’re in good form and we’re in with a good shot as well so bring it on.”

Victory equalled its club-record with seven wins in a single Westfield W-League regular season, while its points haul (23) is behind only the 2018/19 campaign, when it claimed the premiership with 24.

Melina Ayres and Kyra Cooney-Cross scored braces to go with goals from Claudia Bunge and Catherine Zimmerman against Perth.