Internal belief drives City’s late game heroics

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Melbourne City sits atop the W-League ladder but they have required late game heroics in multiple games to secure the points.

After five matches City has a track record of four wins and one draw. They extended their win streak with a 1-0 triumph over crosstown rival’s Melbourne Victory after Japanese international Yukari Kinga scored in the 89th minute.

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In round two City defeated Canberra United in the dying seconds with a 94th-minute goal while last week City took until the 76th minute to score the winner against Sydney FC.

City coach Rado Vidosic said the team had an internal belief that enabled them to stand-up late in games and secure the heart stopping victories.

“It’s just a belief that we can do it,” he said.

“The group possess a quality that you know we’ve got goals in ourselves.

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“We haven’t got out and out goal scorers but I think everyone can chip in when it’s needed.”

All four of City’s wins have been by one-goal margins, placing pressure on the defence to hold firm and not concede late goals, something defender Rebekah Stott is mindful of.

“We haven’t had a big win at the moment,” she said.

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“The fact that we are scraping and winning these games is a very big positive for us.

“We had a lot of possession so we’re always attacking and attacking and it wears down the defence.”

Overall, City has secured 13 of a possible 15 points thus far this season.

This puts them in a strong position to return to finals as they look to avenge last year’s disappointment of just missing out on goal difference.

Stott said the group would continue to grow and develop as the season progressed and they became more familiar with each other.

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“With players coming in so late and missing a few games, it’s always hard at the start,” she said.

“The fact that we are getting points and we’re in a good position at the moment, it’s very good.”

Vidosic also said the team has had a fantastic start to the season which boded well for the remainder of the campaign.

“If you coach in a league that’s only got twelve games you don’t want to wait for the last few games to be able to catch up and make the top four,” he said.

“We are just taking one game at a time but I believe this lot of players, there is something special about them and we can go all the way.”

City will look to extend their winning streak to five games when they return to ABD Stadium next Thursday to host Perth Glory.

Feature Image Credit: Melbourne City

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Michael Patane
Student at Monash University and lover of all things football covering Melbourne City in 2019/20.