21/02/2024

Aurelio Vidmar at a Melbourne City training session. Photo supplied by Melbourne City.

Few results in the A-Leagues compel fans into complete shock, but Melbourne City’s 8-1 demolition of Brisbane Roar in Round 10 was one of them.

The two teams will meet again at Suncorp Stadium tomorrow night as City look to steady the ship and return to winning ways.

A week to reflect

Perth Glory demonstrated last week that travelling to the west is never an easy prospect as City learned the hard way by succumbing to a 4-2 defeat.

Speaking to the press today, coach Aurelio Vidmar isn’t overly concerned about the loss.

“We shot ourselves in the foot, to be honest,” Vidmar admitted.

“We put ourselves in a good position up 1-0, given away a sloppy penalty and then conceded a couple of goals in three minutes due to concentration. We have to improve in those areas.”

The unfavourable result means that the three-time A-League premiers have won two of their past five games since the last meeting against the Roar – clinging onto sixth position.

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Some positive news to come out of the Perth fixture was star man Andrew Nabbout’s first start of the season after recovering from an Achilles injury suffered in September.

Ready to join him on the pitch is winger Matthew Leckie who was forced to sit on the sidelines with a right hamstring tear since City’s AFC Champions League game against Zhejiang FC eight weeks ago.

Vidmar commented on the duo’s welcomed comeback.

“They finished off the game [against Perth] pretty well without any problems,” he said.

“They’ve also had another solid week on the training track which is good, so they’ll continue to get minutes over the next weeks.”

Also back in the squad include Marco Tilio, Marin Jakolis, and Samuel Souprayen as Vidmar confirmed the trio “will all travel” to Brisbane after just coming back from injury.

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Brisbane seeking revenge

The Roar’s promising start to the campaign has dwindled to low expectations given the departure of Ross Aloisi and the time taken away from Ben Cahn.

Despite them being winless in four games, Vidmar is prepared for a tough battle away from home.

“They’ll be hurting after our result a month or so ago,” said Vidmar.

“[It’s] always a tricky game up there. It’s a bigger pitch, heat conditions, and we just have to play a lot better consistently over the 90 minutes to get a result.

“They’ve always got a little bit of quality, especially through the midfield and up front, and they’re always going to be dangerous.”

Saturday’s clash kicks off at 5pm AEST/6pm AEDT in Brisbane and streaming live on Paramount Plus.

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