We invited pressure says Kisnorbo

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Melbourne City put in a solid 70 minutes against Sydney FC but coach Patrick Kisnorbo says the ability to go 90 minutes is a focus for the side going forward.

City pressured Sydney into costly mistakes that allowed wide players Andrew Nabbout and Craig Noone to dominate their defensive matchups. The space Nabbout and Noone was afforded allowed City to suffocate the Sydney side.

However, City only managed to string together an almost faultless 70 minutes, failing to execute for the desired 90 minutes in their 3-2 win to keep a clean sheet.

City coach Kisnorbo praised his side’s early success but conceded they failed to execute in the remaining 20 minutes of the match.

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“We dominated [until] pretty much the 70th minute, then we started inviting pressure,” he said.

“Sometimes it doesn’t happen but tonight it did, and consistency building on tonight’s performance. This is the way we want to play.”

City’s performance against the Sky Blues highlights their critical faults. They still have a long way to go to be as dominant as their opponents have previously been.

In his post-match interview, Kisnorbo reiterated his side had a process they were going with and they would continue to stick with it.

“We have a process that we follow, and we believe in that process, and it’s great to see that it’s starting to implement,” Kisnorbo said.

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The phrase “we have a process” has been widely used by Kisnorbo throughout the season. However, for a side like City, the match against Sydney may have proved to be an essential step in advancing their process.

The opening portion of the season has been a mixed bag for City, lacking consistency. With mounting pressure on the side and Kisnorbo, the game may have been a moment to finally exhale but that was not how Kisnorbo saw it.

“I’ll critique the game tomorrow, and you know; we want to get better, and as a young coach, you always want to learn,” he said.

“Just because we played some good football tonight and we got the result, it’s no weight off my shoulders,” said Kisnorbo.

Although many positives emerged out of the game for City, they will need to work on maintaining pressure for a full 90 minutes if they want any chance of lifting the Premiers Plate.

This match may prove to be the barometer for this side to assess if this was a flash in the pan moment or a real stepping stone.

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