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City must create W-League chances: goalie

AAP logoAAP 22/12/2016 Ben McKay

Lydia Williams is looking on the bright side of Melbourne City's W-League defeats, hoping the they bring a release of pressure and a renewed title fight.

But to regain lost ground after back-to-back losses to Canberra United and Western Sydney Wanderers, Williams is urging her teammates at the other end of the pitch to be more merciless.

From her view as City goalkeeper, everything looks pretty good until it comes time to put the ball in the net.

"Everyone can see we play beautiful football, probably some of the best in the league," she said on Thursday.

"We just need to be more ruthless in front of goal.

"Sometimes we're trying to keep possession too much and not taking chances."

City are among four title-chasing sides all within a point of each other at the top of the table including Canberra, Sydney and Perth.

Their next match against Perth Glory is a curtain-raiser for the club's A-League clash against the same team at AAMI Park on December 27.

Williams said the pain of losing had shifted the group's mindset, and the Glory could expect to face a more clinical opponent.

"It's kind of nice to have the pressure off of getting that first loss but no one wants to drop points," she said.

"We can regroup without the monkey on the back.

"The approach to each game (has been) sometimes we're waiting for the result. Now the mentality is we really need to take the result. We need to make it happen rather than wait for it to happen."

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