W-League: Little praises squad depth


Melbourne City FC forward Kim Little has praised her squad’s depth following the weekend’s 4-0 win over Brisbane Roar.

Despite missing co-captains Jess Fishlock and Lisa De Vanna through international duty and suspension respectively, the hosts ran out with a comfortable win thanks to second half doubles from Little and Larissa Crummer.

“Without Lisa and Jess today I thought it was going to be a little bit tougher on us, they’re so experienced and great players,” Little said.

“We’ve got a good squad here and we’ve shown earlier in the season without our international players and without the Matildas players that we can win and I think we did that again today without Jess and Lisa.”

Despite being on the receiving end of a dismissible challenge from Brisbane’s Ruth Blackburn, Little recovered to net twice – also contributing in the lead-up play to Crummer’s brace.

“Our performance in the second half, we scored four goals and I thought it was very dominant,” she said.

“I think at times our tempo was a bit too slow and we struggled in the first half but in the second half we moved the ball well and I think they found it very hard to deal with us and we scored four great goals.

“We dominated most of the first half and then Brisbane came into it at the end, I think after the sending off and being down to ten, there was no looking back after that.”

Like seven of her Melbourne City FC teammates, Little will represent her country ahead of this week’s international fixtures.

International City: Seven players jet off for international duty.

Jen Beattie departed for Scotland alongside Little with the pair set to take on Macedonia in a UEFA Women’s EURO qualifiers.

“We have a national game with Scotland against Macedonia which is a qualifier for the European Championships in 2017 so back to prepare for that and then back here for the Victory game.

“A lot of us are going to be away next week with internationals. The Australian national team, the new Zealand national team I think it was vital that we got the win today and going away for two weeks – some of us – to make sure we come back ready for the next game.

Melbourne City FC will next play Melbourne Victory on Sunday 6 December at Kingston Heath Soccer Complex.