Hopkins pleased with Victory’s growing belief


Melbourne Victory head coach Jeff Hopkins lauded his team’s growing belief after its 2-0 Derby win over City at AAMI Park on Friday.

An Elise Kellond-Knight own goal and Emily Gielnik strike saw Victory extend its unbeaten run to three matches to start the Westfield W-League season.

While Hopkins was pleased with the result, he said there was plenty of room for improvement from Victory.

“I think you could see there’s still a fair way to go,” he told Fox Sports.

“We were very, very happy with the result, but there’s still a lot of parts of our performance that we need to clear up.

“We’re definitely heading in the right direction and most probably the thing that’s really pleasing for me now is there seems to be a bit of belief in the team of how good we can be.

“We’re definitely not there yet, but there are some pleasing things.”

Gielnik was set up by Natasha Dowie for her first Victory goal, while Christine Nairn’s cross – aimed for the captain – led to the opener.

Hopkins said he was happy with the way his attack was developing early in the season.

“We were well-organised defensively last season, but we were often quite isolated in attack,” he said.

“We’ve got attacking midfielders that can get forward, that can penetrate and we’ve got strength in the wide areas as well.

“I’m very pleased with a lot of things and the way the team’s going, but there’s still a long way for us to go and we don’t want to get carried away with ourselves.”