Goal drought broken, but City still in search of key striker

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After more than a month between celebrations, Melbourne City finally scored in their 1-0 win over the Newcastle Jets.

Now coach Rado Vidosic is set on making sure City does not endure a similar pattern next season.

Before Sunday’s match, the last City goal came on January 31 against Brisbane Roar, and the last time they had won was even further back on January 17 against Melbourne Victory.

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It took a miracle Chinatsu Kira goal to break the goalless streak, but Vidosic knows he can not count on that for the rest of the year, nor next season.

“I’ve been here for three years and I haven’t had a striker for three years,” Vidosic said.

“It’s one thing in Melbourne that we don’t have good quality strikers like other cities, and that’s one area where we need to work as a club with younger girls and try to develop them and keep them in this club.”

City, coming off incredible successes in the W-league in the past few years, struggled to retain much of their squad coming into season 2020/21, but it’s hoped the process will be better this time around.

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“We still don’t know when next season will start, but we’re hoping we’ll be able to bring some different players in as well, hopefully the foreigners will be able to come in bigger numbers,” Vidosic said.

The new City squad has struggled with chemistry this season, but are starting to gel and just need targets up forward.

Vidosic is hopeful the club has gone through the worst and is now on an upward trajectory.

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“It will get better. It will definitely get better,” Vidosic said.

“If we keep four, five, six of these girls and bring in some foreigners and maybe get some Matildas back then it’s a different ball game.”

Feature image credit: Melbourne City FC

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