Melbourne City cruised to a 2-0 win over Wellington Phoenix on Friday night at AAMI Park in Melbourne.
Having lost seven of their past nine Friday Hyundai A-League matches prior to kick off, including a 3-0 defeat by Sydney at the same venue a week ago, Warren Joyce praised his City players for their improved attitude in training
“Intent was actually the word that was used before the game last week, we wanted that in our play, we didn’t have it,” Joyce said.
“We haven’t had many bad days in the pre-season in training let alone games so your side doesn’t become a bad team overnight but likewise it doesn’t become a great team with one good performance so you’re just looking at consistency really.
“We’ve had that day in day out so if you’re getting that day in day out you expect decent performances on a weekend.”
Former Leicester City defender Ritchie De Laet put City in front in the opening minutes after running uncontested towards a Lachie Wales cross and with a low hard strike, smacked the ball into the bottom right corner.
City’s Talisman Bruno Fornaroli was back in form and opened his account for the season with a fine curling finish in the 59th minute to seal the win for the homeside.
Whilst the win wasn’t perfect according to Joyce, he was happy with the application.
“I thought we played some good football, I thought we cut through the lines, created plenty of chances,” he said.
“There’s still some poor errors, decision making that invites pressure onto us when we don’t have to but we’ve still got some relatively inexperienced players who make mistakes in possession and decisions and sometimes that invited a little bit of panic in the second half.”
The win, which takes City to seven points.