City manager denies 12 man team was a tactic

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Melbourne City and Newcastle Jets played out an enthralling encounter in front of 7,745 fans at AAMI Park last night to begin Remembrance Round.

A Bruno Fornaroli brace helped City to a deserved 2-1 victory, while a Morten Nordstrand howler from inside the six yard box proved costly for the Jets.

The match was not played without some controversy. In the 86th minute, City attempted to make two substitutions, but fourth official Shaun Evans only signalled for Fernando Brandan to come off.

For the next two minutes, City had 12 players on the pitch while the Jets strangely enough only had 10, as captain Nigel Boogaard was off injured.

City manager John van’t Schip denied it was a tactical move, “We actually had to warn the fourth official we had 12 on.

“They didn’t put the number up to take someone off.”

Van’t Schip also shrugged off suggestions there may be ramifications, “We were the ones that said to stop the game.

“The fourth official and referee didn’t notice.

“They’re the ones who have to control that, not us.”

Fortunately, the temporary advantage was not capitalised on. Tim Cahill finally left the field, not before sharing a quick smirk with referee Adam Fielding.

In terms of his side’s performance, Van’t Schip was ultimately pleased with the victory.

“We controlled the game [and] going up 2-1 was deserved” he said.

All three goals were scored in the first half, but the home side manager was defiant in his team’s overall display.

“We could’ve scored if we were more precise and eager.

“In the second half, we could have made more profit of the possession we had.

“[There were] things we asked from the boys, we scored two goals from what we were working on.  [We played] important crosses in [and got] two good goals from Bruno.”

City do not lack pace or intensity and van’t Schip was quick to compliment a number of his players, “It’s not only when you have possession you can score, you can also score when you have a lot of space upfront.

“I think we have players to do that as well, with Bruce, with Bruno, [and] with Fernando.”

It was an important three points for City, who bounced back after last week’s disappointing loss to Brisbane Roar. The win sees van’t Schip’s side sitting in second place on the A-League table behind Sydney FC.

City head to Western Sydney next Friday night to take on the Wanderers.

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