City certify themselves as team to beat

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It may now be fair to say Melbourne City has become the team to beat in the A-League after marking a six match winning streak.

City went 4-2 victors over Western Sydney Wanderers.

After struggling to be clinical in the first half, City turned it around quickly in the second half.

Bernie Ibini put the Wanderers up in the 21st minute. After Daniel Wilmering managed to capitalise on some poor passing by City. Mitchell Duke whipped in a cross to Ibini’s head, which found its way to the back of the net.

Craig Noone found the back of the net after catching a sleeping Wanderers defence in a moment of magic. Noone was the only player who seemed to be switched. He took the free kick awarded to Jamie Maclaren, after he was pushed by Zygmunt Gordon.

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The second half was no better for the Wanderers as City dominated possession and suffocated any hope of snatching a win.

For seven minutes Noone and Andrew Nabbout turned themselves into Gareth Bale and Cristiano Ronaldo, dominating the flanks and combining for three goals only for one to be disallowed for  offside.

Noone started the partnership with a cross into the box finding the chest of Nabbout to make it 2-1.

Nabbout quickly repaid the favour after a slip ball to an awaiting Noone on the edge of the penalty area, to make it 3-1.

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The duo’s third goal was ruled offside, after a questionable bump from Nabbout on Mark Natta, as it was Noone’s knee that cancelled the team goal.

City managed to cap their victory with Maclaren getting on the score sheet late, after volleying in a punch out.

The win marks City’s sixth in a row, setting a record for the first time they have ever done. Maclaren has also marked a first by scoring in all of his last six games.

With Carl Robinson setting his team up with a defensive structure consisting of a low block, they were without a midfield for most of the match, leaving City with the tricky task of solving their biggest puzzle of the season so far. Something they had no trouble doing.

City’s dominance can be shown by one stat, 25 shots at goal to the Wanderers five.

Melbourne City FC: 4 (Noone 32’, 54′, Nabbout 51’, Maclaren 90+1’)

Western Sydney Wanderers FC: 1 (Ibini 21’)

Stadium: AAMI Park

Referee: Alex King

Assistant Referees: Wilson Brown, Daniel Ilievski

Fourth Official: Lachlan Keevers

Melbourne City FC: Thomas Glover (gk), Scott Jamieson, Rostyn Griffiths, Jamie Maclaren, Florin Berenguer-Bohrer, Craig Noone, Nathaniel Atkinson, Andrew Nabbout, Connor Metcalfe, Adrian Luna, Curtis Good, Benjamin Garuccio, Taras Gomulka, Marco Tilio,

Unused subs: Scott Galloway, Naoki Tsubaki, Matthew Sutton (gk), Kerrin Stokes

Western Sydney Wanderers FC: Daniel Margush (gk), Zygmunt Gordon, Dylan McGowan, Bernie Ibini-Isei, Mitchell Duke, Tate Russell, James Troisi, Keanu Baccus, Graham Dorrans, Daniel Wilmering, Mark Natta, Bruce Kamau, Jordon Mutch, Nicolai Muller, Thomas Aquilina,

Unused subs: Simon Cox, Kwame Yeboah, Noah James (gk)

Featured image credit: Melbourne City

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Pokuah Frimpong
Obsessed football fan, current journalism student.

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