Pressure continues to mount for Warren Joyce and Melbourne City after letting a two-goal lead slip at home to Perth Glory.

The way the final ten minutes in the match between Melbourne City and Perth Glory epitomised their respective seasons to date.

For the Glory – it was another late comeback oozing of resilience and character. They were tested and frustrated by they somehow found a way to salvage a point – scoring in the 84th and 91st minute.

Meanwhile for City a promising start went astray as an underwhelming second half effort invited the Glory back into the contest.

But Joyce, as he has done this season, looked to the positives.

He praised his side’s effort to challenge the league leaders on one of Melbourne’s hottest afternoons – despite conceding two late goals.

“You have to give every player who played tonight credit – it’s 40 degrees out there and we ran and pressed,” Joyce said.

“I’ve never played in that heat and sometimes watching the game you don’t appreciate the heat the boys play in.

“The players put a fantastic effort in during the game – we deserved the win.

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“A worldie strike from [Castro] gets them a point when I think we controlled the game well in the first half but we couldn’t sustain it unfortunately.

“We created some good individual skill in the first half and ran out of steam a bit in the second half.”

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City were without star defenders Ritchie De Laet and Bart Schenkeveld which resulted in Iacopo La Rocca slotting in at centre back in his second start of the season.

Playmaker Dario Vidosic – who has also been carrying an injury – did not feature despite being named on the bench.

A win would have seen City jump to fourth on the table and give them some breathing space inside the top six – with the Newcastle Jets now only four points off the fifth placed City.

The Glory also missed a chance to perhaps sew up the race for the premiers plate as a win would have seen them extend their lead atop of the table to eight points.

Having been the team to beat all season – defender Jason Davidson believes the side showed signs of a championship team in their second half comeback.

“We found ourselves two-down and were caught off guard but we showed lots of character and that’s what championship sides do,” Davidson said.

“The determination and discipline from the boys today to come back in the heat against City isn’t easy so we’ll take the positives.

“Conditions and travel make it all the more difficult but it’s something we need to deal with.

“You can’t be complacent and you always be striving for bigger and better things.

“We want to a strong finish to this season.”

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