Alanna Kennedy in a Westfield Matildas training session - Image by Football Australia Media

‘We knew it was going to be a test’ – Spurs midfielder Kennedy comments on Australia defeat

Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Alanna Kennedy says that Australia knew that taking on Germany would be a real test.

The 26-year-old played the full 90 minutes for the Westfield Matildas yesterday in what was their first competitive game in more than a year. Tony Gustavsson’s side went down 5-2 at the BRITA-Arena in Wiesbaden.

Given the level of opposition, the absence of regular football for Australia and the fact that they were playing their first game under a new coach, Kennedy says that her side’s fixture against Germany was always going to be a huge test.

“Going into the game, we always knew that it was going to be a test,” said Kennedy when speaking via Football Australia Media after the match. “We can’t be too quick to be hard on ourselves, there were some positives. I think we started off really well but then we lost our way towards the end of the first half. It was positive to come back and score a couple of goals at the end.

“We definitely have a few things we need to work on and it’s good to have another game in a couple of days to rectify those things.”

After turning out in midfield for Tottenham Hotspur in the Barclays FA Women’s Super League this season, Kennedy returned to her centre-back role alongside Clare Polkinghorne in the Australian side. The player said that it took a little time to adapt to playing in a defensive position once again but she was more than happy to occupy the role, particularly with the Westfield Matildas being short on defensive options.

“It was interesting for me being back in the centre-back position,” said Kennedy. “Obviously, I am comfortable there and it is where I am familiar with playing for the national team but I haven’t played there for over a year now.

“It took a little bit of adjusting to in the first few minutes of the game, getting into the rhythm of things. I will play wherever the team needs me, if that’s a change in the middle, especially with the lack of versatility that we have in the squad at the moment.

“I enjoyed being in the middle and being on the ball a little bit but the most important thing for us is that we want to be winning games.”

Australia’s next international friendly match is against The Netherlands in Nijmegen on Tuesday evening.

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