Hopkins satisfied with point after Canberra draw

Claudia Bunge

Melbourne Victory head coach Jeff Hopkins was satisfied with a point after a 1-1 draw against Canberra United on Sunday.

Angela Beard’s first goal for the club was cancelled out by Nikki Flannery at Epping Stadium.

Victory, which saw Amy Jackson make a club-record 67th Westfield W-League appearance, extended its unbeaten run to four games.

Hopkins felt his team could have produced a better display, but was satisfied with a point.

“I’m reasonably happy with a point to be honest,” he said.

“We could’ve nicked it there at the end, I think we had a really strong last 15 minutes where we had a real good go, created some good chances, but just couldn’t finish.

“I thought in general a little bit disappointed in our performance. We were all expecting better. The first-half performance, although we came in at 1-1, it was just a little bit disappointing because I know we can be a lot better.”

Hopkins added: “Most probably over the 90 minutes (a draw was fair), I think we edged it for sure in terms of possession, but they were happy to concede a little bit of territory to us so we would most probably dominate possession and in terms of chances as well.

“On our day, if we were really on, I’d have expected us to have won the game and won it quite well. We were just below-par in a number of areas. I thought we looked a little bit flat, lacked a bit of energy and intensity, but in saying that, I liked the way that we finished the game, we had a real good go, we tried to win the game. Can’t be too disappointed.”

Victory saw Catherine Zimmerman, who has scored a team-high four goals this season, come off in the first half.

Hopkins is hopeful the forward’s injury is nothing serious.

“She felt a little twinge in her Achilles and we got her off straight away,” he said.

“Don’t think it’s too serious, she’ll have a scan in the morning and we’ll find out exactly what it is, but hopefully it’s nothing too serious.”

Victory is back in action on Thursday, when it hosts the Western Sydney Wanderers at Lakeside Stadium.

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