Melbourne City’s hopes for finals football dwindle

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In a thrilling loss, Melbourne City have found themselves all but out of W-League finals contention after falling to Brisbane Roar 3-2.

Heading into the match, both teams needed to secure victory to keep finals chances alive, but with Brisbane the more clinical side and City being wasteful, Brisbane came out on top.

Following the team’s loss, City coach Rado Vidošić was realistic.

“It’s getting harder and harder with each game; we didn’t have any bye’s; all the other clubs had a bye’.

For City, the loss comes at one of the most challenging moments, with Vidošić finally putting out his team’s strongest 11. However, the team will struggle to make the finals series, sitting five points behind Adelaide United in the lowest finals spot.

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Though City went down 2-0 at the half, they managed to get themselves back to two-all in the second half with a penalty for Sam Johnson and a well worked effort by Alex Chidiac.

Chidiac admitted that the strategy of playing long balls up the field to the likes of herself and Chinatsu Kira wasn’t the best option for the team.

“I think we need to hold off on playing the long balls; we don’t have a lot of height at the moment.

“If we start to play the on the ground and play to our feet, we’ve got some skilful midfielders in general, so I think that what’s going to be getting us over the line.”

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Vidošić admitted that his team didn’t have enough to finish more chances off.

“We had a few good chances in the second half, which was very good, but it wasn’t enough.”

For a City side that has been one of the best W-League side’s of all time, this season has been a really transitional time for them, managing a young squad still yet to gel.

“You know one-year things go your way next year; maybe things don’t go your way. We need to be smart enough to realise that and keep working hard,” said Vidošić.

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Pokuah Frimpong
Pokuah Frimpong
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