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Jan 10, 2021   |  9:04AM AET

Hopkins proud of record-breaking Derby win

Hopkins proud of record-breaking Derby win

Melbourne Victory head coach Jeff Hopkins was proud of his team’s record-breaking Derby win over City on Sunday.

Victory produced a brilliant performance at CB Smith Reserve, the 6-0 win marking the biggest in Westfield W-League Derby history.

Hopkins, who coached his 100th Westfield W-League game, was pleased to see his team deliver, but said it could still get better.

“Really pleasing result for sure, there were a number of things I was really happy with,” he said.

“What we said to the players at the end of the game is to go away and enjoy it, but there’s still a lot of things that we need to work on, things that we need to improve on, certainly not a complete performance.

“But it’s a Derby, it’s a win and it’s a big win so something to be proud of. We put a lot into these Derby games, we know what it means to the club, to the supporters and we’re really happy with the result for sure.”

Victory looked lively from the outset and it struck six times through Annalie Longo, Melina Ayres, Lisa De Vanna, Amy Jackson, Catherine Zimmerman and Kyra Cooney-Cross.

Hopkins said it was clear his team, which faces City again next week, was ready from the outset.

“We talked about that (intensity) last week, we talked about it again this week,” he said.

“Gareth (Turnbull) said to me in the warm-up the girls have a real steely silence about them, you could see they were focused, they were switched on and you saw that right from the start.

“We were determined to be really positive and push onto them and try and put pressure on as far up the field as we can.”

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