Undefeated City still chasing improvement

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Melbourne City remains the team to beat in the W-League this season after racking up their eighth straight win to sit undefeated at the top of the table.

Yet despite looking like an unstoppable force for most of the campaign, the team has struggled to fully capitalise on their dominance. With their front third often letting them down in games and squandering chances to post large scores.

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This has been an ongoing bugbear for coach Rado Vidosic who said he was frustrated with the overall lack of cohesion and complacency in front of goal.

“Scoring goals, that’s the biggest issue,” he said.

“Today we created more than enough chances, we are lacking some composure.”

Milica Miljatovic and Emily van Egmond both hit the scoreboard in the 2-0 win over the Newcastle Jets, but strikers Claire Emslie and Kyah Simon were held in check for most of the afternoon.

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Vidosic was also concerned the team played down to their opposition, rather than stamping their authority against the seventh-placed Jets.

“When you are on a run like this sometimes you think the game is going to be easy,” he said.

“You start to dominate, then you do some things you wouldn’t do against better opposition.”

The side has gone from strength-to-strength in the back third, stringing together five consecutive clean sheets while only giving up three goals to boast the competition’s best defence.

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“This year from last year we’re just a little bit better defensively,” Vidosic said.

“To win the championships you need to try to have as many clean sheets as possible.

“That’s one thing we’ve been working really hard on.”

With only three games left in the season, City is in the box seat to finish the top of the table and host semi-finals, with a home grand ginal looming after that.

Vidosic is well aware of the quality of the team he has assembled and said he believed the club had established a culture that would see them contend for silverware.

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“I’ve got probably the crop of the best players in our team, they all want to come here,” he said.

“It’s not like we are paying them more money than other clubs, it’s just the environment that we have created.

“At the end of the day, they all want to win something and then if you can offer them something that they can really aim for they’ll probably come back next year as well.”

City have a three-week break before they face Melbourne Victory in the second derby of the season.

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