More to come from Westfield Matildas: Van Egmond
Emily van Egmond admits the Westfield Matildas are ‘on a roll’ and pointed to Australia’s Tournament of Nations win over USA as a catalyst for the side’s rich vein of form.
The Matildas cruised to a comprehensive 3-0 win over China on Wednesday night at AAMI Park in the first match of a two-game friendly series.
Australia have now won six consecutive matches and will look to make that seven when they face the same opposition in Geelong on Sunday.
The Matildas have knocked off Brazil and Japan in that streak but the win over USA in July, Australia’s first ever against the World Champions, has clearly had the biggest impact.
“I think off the back of the Tournament of Nations, overcoming a powerhouse like America was a huge step in the right direction for us,” van Egmond told reporters post-match.
“Ever since then that tournament, something’s clicked for us.
“But in saying that, tonight we showed a good performance but I think we can go up another gear.
“Obviously we’ll be looking to that in Geelong. China’s obviously a very structured team and a team we’re going to have to get used to playing as we head to our World Cup Qualifiers in Jordan next year.”
Defender Steph Catley was forced off through injury at half time and was replaced by versatile midfielder Chloe Logarzo, with Caitlin Foord reverting to fullback.
Catley is likely to miss the second fixture in Geelong but van Egmond suggested the squad’s depth and versatility have played a huge role in the team's recent success.
“It was one thing that Staj touched on when he first came in as a coach, he said he wanted to create more depth and he has," van Egmond said.
“It makes for a better training environment. So every single time you come into the national team set-up, no one’s safe and that’s what you want.
“At the end of the day you want a highly competitive environment and we have that.
“I think that’s also partly why we’re having success at the moment.”