Wanderer Jordan O'Doherty on the long season that was and scoring in last night's win over Melbourne Victory.
O'Doherty, who was sidelined at the start of the Red & Black's campaign after rupturing his ACL last season, was rewarded for his hard-work and positivity last night after scoring in the club's final match of the Hyundai A-League season.
It has been a rollercoaster of a year for the Wanderers who kicked off their season preparations in late June for a friendly against English Powerhouse Leeds United, before embarking on a turbulent A-League campaign that was eventually stalled by COVID-19.
"It was a long season and it was a tough season for us," said O'Doherty.
"I think we did ourselves and the club proud, obviously it was Pirmin (Schwegler)'s last game as well.
"So it was a good send-off for him. He's a top professional and we're very happy for him."
The Wanderers Finals hopes this season came to a crashing halt last week against Western United with the clash against Victory last night marked to be an opportunity for the players to restore pride in the Red & Black.
"All we could do was just get the result," explained O'Doherty.
"It's a shame we couldn't make Finals but the only thing we can do now is regroup and look forward to next season."
The midfielder scored his second A-League goal for the club last night and joked that he would help striker Simon Cox get on the scoresheet in the future.
"Goals for me are far and few between. It was nice to get on the scoresheet and I'll have to teach Coxy a few lessons about that number nine forward run," joked O'Doherty.
"It was a good ball in from Dukey (Mitchell Duke), I think I just got everything on it and I was lucky to have it go in. I'm very happy to have scored."