Hopkins pleased with Victory response


Melbourne Victory head coach Jeff Hopkins was pleased with his team’s return to form in a 2-1 win over Perth Glory in the Westfield W-League on Friday.

Natasha Dowie scored a brace at AAMI Park as Victory returned to the top of the table.

Victory produced an excellent display in defence, despite Rachel Hill’s 90th-minute goal for Perth.

After two straight losses, Hopkins said he was happy with Victory’s response against Glory.

“There was a bit of a relief, especially the last six or eight minutes, conceding the goal and knowing that Sam Kerr and Hill, they live on those moments,” he said.

“I think looking at the game as a whole, I thought we were back to somewhere near our best.

“From what I saw, we dominated possession, we dominated chances and what was pleasing was our defensive structure was pretty good for most of the game.”

Dowie opened the scoring in the first half before getting on the end of a Christine Nairn cross for a second in the 83rd minute.

Hopkins said Victory was close to its best form shown earlier in the campaign.

“We didn’t make today a big game, it just was a big game,” he said.

“It was important we got back to winning ways but the performance was really important today.

“We talked about getting back to some of the performances we had here – the City game, the Newcastle game – and I think we definitely achieved that and that was probably the most pleasing thing.”