Post-Match Reaction | Jeff Hopkins on Defeat to Western United

Head Coach Jeff Hopkins spoke to the media after Victory’s defeat to Western United.

On the performance…

“I thought we had a really good start with the ball. I thought that the afternoon was going really well. We played well from the back, switched play, and dominated the first 20 minutes.”

“After the first attack, we conceded a goal. Confidence dropped; we deviated from what we were doing with the ball. Transition moments really hurt us. Western United was a good side and very clinical.”

“Defensively, we were too stretched out from front to back and from side to side. They didn’t allow us to press and put our opponent under enough pressure. Give credit to Western United; they capitalized on our defensive lapses.”

On Lydia Williams and Jessika Nash…

“Lydia Williams’ ankle needs further assessment; we’ll have a precautionary X-ray. Jessika Nash had a recurring strain, and we were cautious with the substitution.”

On Midfield Competition and Potential Returns

“Our midfield is the most competitive part of our squad at the moment, it’s going to be tough to find a place on the bench in the next couple of weeks.”

“Individual contributions are needed. Everyone’s place is up for grabs next week, and that’s not a threat; it’s the reality of our squad. We expect a high level of commitment and intensity.”

“Our competitive environment is evolving naturally. The internal drive of the players is turning it into a positive, intense atmosphere. It’s becoming the driving force behind our culture and intensity.”