Adelaide United midfielder, Danielle Colaprico said the team are still growing but there is enough quality and depth in the squad to continue to show off their abilities in the second half of the 2017/18 Westfield W-League season.
Colaprico said the team were pleased with their performance to gain a point against a strong Melbourne City, but there is still room for improvement.
“The point was great for us, I think it’s hard to win on the road and I think a point is what we deserved today,” Colaprico said.
“I think we played well defensively and showed that we can play at times but we’re going to have to clean some things up, and attack also.
“Melbourne City are full of great players and they have the ability to play some great football, and we knew what we were up against.
“We had to communicate with each other and stay organised in defence.
“It is awesome how players in our squad can make the impact, and Laura (Johns) came on and she was great and I think she brings a unique ability to the left for us and got in behind.”
“It’s good to have that depth, and players who come off the bench that make an impact for us.
Commenting on the penalty decision, Colaprico admitted that she thought they didn’t deserve a foul conceded, but had full faith in Sarah Willacy and her responsibility.
She too, hopes to continue to concrete her responsibilities for Adelaide.
“It was definitely a bit scary and in my opinion the foul was a little bit soft but Sarah (Willacy) is confident in goal and it good at penalty kicks, so I knew she had it in her to save it.
“I enjoy taking set-pieces and did mention it to Ivan (Karlovic) so serving the ball to my teammates in the box is fun and I always hope to make the difference also.”
Colaprico reiterated the importance of the point on the road, and that it is all about piecing everything together for the remainder of the season, which they are capable of.
“It was great for us to score and come back with a point, and the most important thing that we take away from that match is a point away from home.
“We have the ability to play wide and provide crosses into the box.
“We’re still growing as a team and we are showing it through our capabilities, playing behind the line and even in front.
“Now, it’s about bringing it all together and we’ve played well at home and been a bit unlucky in the end in some games but it is all coming together and I think we’re heading in the right direction.”
The AUFC Women face Melbourne Victory Women this Saturday at Lakeside Stadium in Melbourne. Kick-off is 4:00pm ACDT.