Melbourne City’s 1-0 win against Wellington Phoenix means they top the Hyundai A-League ladder after three rounds. Head coach Warren Joyce knows that his team must keep a consistent level of intensity if they intend to stay there.

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Things could not be going any smoother for Joyce at the moment with the recently appointed coach gaining all possible points from his opening three games.

While he would be delighted with the start he knows there is a long season ahead.

Part of that is not letting results get in the way of performance with Joyce admitting that City could’ve done better against Wellington.

“I thought we were poor tonight in possession…you want us to do better than that,” Joyce said.

Despite that he went on to say that bringing maximum effort every week is what he’s looking for, particularly with solidifying a once shaky defence.

“The fact that we’ve showed a lot of grit and determination and kept another clean sheet which including the two A-League games before the start of the season is four clean sheets in five games,” Joyce said.

“The way the defenders put their bodies on the line and the way people in front of them want to work, that’s just the base mark we need that every single day every single game this season.”

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Another key aspect for Joyce is the squad depth with competition for spots only a good thing in his eyes, revealing that a “fit enough” Neil Kilkenny is someone that is pushing for a first team place.

“If you’re going to do anything as a group you need everybody flat out every single day competing for places,” Joyce said “not sulking.

“Getting on with the job and wanting to contribute to the group and the football club.

“That’s the only way you’ll ever have a successful club, if people are prepared to do that it’s obviously difficult.

“If you ask people to do a job and they’ve done a job to the best of their ability and done the things you’ve asked them to do then you have every right to think you should be playing the week after.”

Melbourne City will be looking to make it four wins in a row when they travel to face Adelaide United next Saturday night.

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Liam Watson is covering Melbourne Victory this season while completing Media and Communications at La Trobe University.