Melbourne City head coach Warren Joyce believes the new additions to the squad proved themselves in their performance and could be what takes City to the next level.

The match was anything but inspiring considering the thrilling encounters both these sides have been involved in, but for both coaches it was a handy point nonetheless.

After both teams had come this far into the season without a recognised striker it was only fitting they would introduce their new signings against each other.

Jamie Maclaren and Shayon Harrison started as Melbourne City’s striking pair while Jordy Thomassen started as the lone striker for Adelaide United.

Warren Joyce left AAMI Park perhaps the happier of the two managers with how his new signings performed in their debut, with Maclaren cancelling out Craig Goodwin’s opener and Shayon Harrison playing as though he has been in the A-League all season.

“The two of them have come in and settled with the group quickly,” Joyce said.

“It goes to show it doesn’t matter where you’re from, both players are willing to work and want to help the group.

“Jamie’s capable of scoring all sorts of goals, I don’t think he’s limited to how he can score.

“It’s a good start for him – he’s only trained three days this week so he’s done well to integrate with the squad.

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“Both the boys have really given the players a good lift.”

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Maclaren scored his 52nd league goal via a backheel after forcing Adelaide United goalkeeper Paul Izzo into a rare error which saw the Reds surrender their lead.

Having worked with English youth in his time in England, Joyce is reluctant to put a ceiling on Harrison’s capabilities.

Knowing how good he can be for the club – Joyce says the coaches have challenged the 21-year-old to make a strong impact during his time at City, to not only aid his development but the team’s as well.

“It’s all about making the most of the talent he’s got,” Joyce said

“We’ve challenged him and set some demands and he’s showed tonight he’s willing to work.

“He’s playing against men – Aussies who’d want to kick him so he has to stand up for himself and show he can deal everything thrown at him as well as creating and finishing chances.

“It all adds up and eventually all kicks into place down the line.

“Just look at Harry Kane he’s had good loan spells and not so good ones but it’s the habits they pick up along the way that makes them good players.”

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Joyce’s opposite number Marco Kurz also gave a positive assessment of his newest signing, despite him not getting on the scoresheet nor creating too many chances.

“It wasn’t easy for him, he’s still only young and it’s a big move for him to come here to Australia,” Kurz said.

“He has enough space to improve and adapt – he’s a good person and I hope he can give us lots over these next few weeks.

“If you think of both squads, we don’t have the luxury to sign a marquee player at this stage and bring new players in.

“It’s nothing against City but we must work with our budget and injuries that have come up.”

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