15/04/2024

10 men Melbourne City too strong for the Brisbane Roar (Image: Melbourne City FC)

Melbourne City has taken maximum points again following a convincing 2-0 win over the Brisbane Roar, with Patrick Kisnorbo’s side looking to be contenders once again in the early stages of the season.

Having won five of their past four fixtures against the Roar, City got the wood over their opponents once again.

Starting strong out of the blocks, City killed the game early with Jamie Maclaren scoring a brace inside the opening 40 minutes to set the tone for how the rest of the game would play out.

Melbourne would go down to 10 men after Taras Gomulka took out Kai Trewin in the opening minutes of the second half. With referee Tim Danaskos showing the young midfielder a red card, he’d uphold his decision after reviewing the challenge on VAR. Though the dominance continued thereafter.

Finishing the game boasting majority of possession and registering an extra five shots on goal, Melbourne’s manager Patrick Kisnorbo was pleased with his side’s display, praising his side’s mentality post-game.

“We did well in the things that don’t require talent, they require mindset and that is what I was happy with,” Kisnorbo said after the game.

“The players’ mentality not to concede…they worked really hard as a collective, they showed some really good stuff which I was proud of tonight.”

With the Brisbane Roar duo of Carlo Armiento and Charlie Austin lively in their season opener against the Bulls last week, they’d be kept quiet against City. Kisnorbo was happy with how his side was able to shut out their opponents even after going a man down.

“I thought even as a collective with 10 men we worked hard…to not let the ball be put into the box or to get put into positions where it’d be in danger,” he said.

“Maybe a couple of times they got through, but as a whole 90 minutes I thought we showed great character in trying to do that, especially with 10 men.”

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The only negative out of their game would be the sending-off of emerging midfielder Taras Gomulka. Though coming in late and taking out Trewin’s legs, Kisnorbo felt it was a harsh decision.

“I will be honest with you, I didn’t think it was a red [card], I didn’t see any malice, I didn’t see Taras’s foot go over the ball in terms of studs [being up],” he said.

“But [at the] end of the day referee VAR’d it, he checked it, he decided that [it was a red card]…what can you do you just have to move on.”

City’s front three of Andrew Nabbout, Jamie Maclaren and Mathew Leckie caused headaches for the Roar’s back four with the trio proving to be the most dangerous front line in the competition.

Maclaren finished with two goals while Nabbout and Leckie were dangerous on both wings. Getting themselves into form with the World Cup coming up, the City manager didn’t give too much away on whether they’ll be heading to Qatar but praised the trio’s performances.

“I’m not the person to ask [whether they’ll be picked in the squad]. I don’t pick the team, I concentrate on Melbourne City and what they do here,” he said.

“Graham Arnold is the national team coach so he’s the one who’s got that decision, I just concentrate on them training hard here and playing for us.

“I think they [Nabbout, Maclaren & Leckie] did well in patches. The attitude was fantastic, Jamie works really hard, especially as a lone striker, in the end, got his rewards.

“Mathew is a smart player, he did really well tonight but the most thing I was happy with was his defensive duties, especially with 10 men, he’s got a great attitude along with everyone else and I was really happy with that.”

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