• Matildas goalscorer Lisa De Vanna in the thick of things at Etihad Stadium (Getty Images)Source: Getty Images
A 1-1 draw against New Zealand last night wasn't really in the Matildas' Road to Rio script. Their send off game was pretty poor, let's be honest.
8 Jun 2016 - 3:37 PM  UPDATED 8 Jun 2016 - 3:40 PM

We weren't the only ones who thought so - here's what Matildas coach Alen Stajcic had to say:

"Our technique let us down at times today as did our first touch, quality of our passing and our decision making so there are plenty of things we can work on."

"I think our level of performance was certainly significantly lower than it was the other day in Ballarat." 

Covers quite a bit then. 

And captain Lisa de Vanna:

"Nice to score a goal but it’s a team thing and I don’t think we played to our best. It was a draw it felt like a loss.

“[Coach Alen Stajcic] was not happy at half-time. He pretty much stated it was one of our worst performances.

“Aside from the goal, I was pretty average, but I did my job and scored a goal.”


Wasn't just a case of us playing badly, the Football Ferns played darn good 


Katie Bowen's maiden goal in the 64th minute wasn't the Matildas' only concern. 

Their pressure on the Australian midfield and forwards forced early turnovers which upset much of the Matildas early mojo. The Ferns nearly scored again from a corner in the 38th minute. 

In the second half, the Kiwis turned on the screws and captain Abbey Erceg narrowly missed a first goal in the 55th minute. 

The Ferns also did a fairly good job of containing Caitlin Foord and Alanna Kennedy. 

A reality check

"Maybe its a good reality check for the group now. We have had a good run of six or seven matches where we have played at a high level (but) if we drop our performance and concentration anyone can compete," said Stajcic. 

"We still looked dangerous when we strung some passes together but we turned the ball over too many times in the back third," he said. 

Our friends at The Women's Game observed that Foord and Kennedy though marked, still stepped up for Australia. Foord "shrugged off defenders with dazzling runs" while Kennedy's "proficient distribution and intelligent running (turned) defence into attack (adding) yet another layer of confidence for the Matildas."

Now Stajcic has the unenviable task of deciding on his final Rio roster.