Simon and CommBank Matildas determined to bounce back after illness-marred preparations
After their disappointing 3-0 loss to the USWNT at Stadium Australia last night, forward Kyah Simon is confident the Commonwealth Bank Matildas will bounce back in time for their next matchup against the US on Tuesday.
“It’s been a really weird week for us as a group, to be honest, there's been a bit of a bug going around the group, so some of us weren’t fit even 24 hours ago. We’ve had a few injuries as well,” Simon explained.
“I’m not one to make excuses but definitely, I think we’ll be in better shape going into Tuesday’s game and hopefully a couple more days to get ourselves back on board and closer to being 100 percent fit and healthy. That’s half of it.”
Simon spoke about the other half of it, where Australia needed to be more clinical in attack and composed in defence, also touching on her own performance.
"It was a very disappointing scoreline, the game was definitely there for the taking.
"Obviously I had a chance myself, that as a striker, you pride yourself on scoring goals and I take full responsibility that I should've finished that. Also, us conceding in the first minute of the game, I think we made it difficult for ourselves," she said.
"I think we were definitely in the game throughout the middle of it, but they [the USWNT] were more clinical in the final third on both ends of the stick.
“We can definitely look at the review of this game as well and take away some positives and also some things that we can work on," Simon continued.
"Me as an individual, but also as a collective, I believe that we have more to give and we will do that on Tuesday.
"We can back up and improve, and be better than we were today."
Commonwealth Bank Matildas v U.S. Women’s National Team
Tuesday, 30 November 2021
Venue: McDonald Jones Stadium, Newcastle
Kick-Off: 8.05pm (AEDT)
Broadcast: Live and free on Network 10 and simulcast on 10 Play