Kisnorbo critices side for being “a bit off” despite victory

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The journey and the destination might have been confused on Thursday night, as Melbourne City were able to run away 4-1 victors despite being “a bit off” their game according to coach Patrick Kisnorbo.

Adelaide United controlled the general play at AAMI Stadium by winning all key statistics, but in attack were outdone by a more powerful opponent.

Reds’ coach Carl Veart did not have much to be disappointed about after the game, saying “the boys played really well.”

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“I thought we had good control of the game and played the game on our terms, but small details cost us… (But) the quality in their side, they take advantage of their opportunities,” he said.

Veart and his team have now gone five games without a win, with this game against City a potential low point in the lean streak in terms of result.

However, Veart is not concerned at the football his team play and believes if his team were just a bit sharper in the big moments, they may have made a battle of it against City.

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“The football we’re playing is good,” he said.

“You look at the score, 4-1, and think you’ve taken a bit of a hiding, but if you look at the balance of the game I thought we had good control… I’d say we had more possession and I never felt when they had the ball we were under any threat.”

City’s Kisnorbo concurred, believing the composure and accuracy from his players was not up to scratch.

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“It was a weird one I think,” he said.

“I thought we were a bit off tonight. Passes that should stick weren’t sticking, they forced us into a lot of turnovers which we know we need to improve that area, I think we weren’t our usual self-tonight.”

City are appearing increasing difficult to reel in as likely premiers this season, now 11 points clear with five games to play for most clubs.

Feature image credit: Melbourne City FC

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