Mclean eager to build on strong start

Sydney FC defender Charlotte Mclean is determined to build on Sydney FC’s strong start to the season despite a 0-0 draw with the Western Sydney Wanderers on Monday.

Sydney FC dominated the game and were unlucky to not come away with the three points but the side now find themselves in action on Thursday afternoon against the Wellington Phoenix who they defeated 3-0 just over a couple of weeks ago. Mclean was a rock at the back and is feels that Monday’s result is no cause for concern.

“Obviously everyone was frustrated, the Wanderers were very physical but Ante wasn’t upset with our lack of effort, it just wasn’t our day,” Mclean said.

Mclean and her teammates have had little time to dwell on the result and have immediately switched their attention to Thursday’s match in Wollongong against the Phoenix and Mclean was impressed with the new outfit during their last encounter in which Sydney FC triumphed 3-0 at Netstrata Jubilee Stadium.

“They were a very young, physical and quick side who played with a lot of heart for such a young team.”

“I think in the first half we were taken back by their energy and it was really hot that day and we found it quite hard to settle during the game. Once we got into the sheds at half time we were able to relax and compose ourselves in the second half.”

For Mclean, her partnership continues to grow from strength to strength with Captain Nat Tobin in the backline.

“It’s surreal because this is only my second season, Nat’s been great though, we click well together on and off the field, we both read the game together and drop back to cover for each other and it’s great playing alongside her.”

Sydney FC take on the Wellington Phoenix in the Liberty A-League tomorrow afternoon at Wollongong Stadium. Kick-off is at 5.05pm.