Melbourne City left to rue missed opportunities in FFA Cup exit

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It took over 120 minutes to separate Melbourne City and Wellington Phoenix in their FFA Cup clash on Wednesday night with neither side able to find the back of the net.

With Wellington eventually winning 4-3 in a penalty shootout, City will be left to mull over how excruciatingly close they came to breaking the deadlock.

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A missed penalty by captain Scott Jamieson in the 26th minute and a failed one-vs-one opportunity for Jordan Bos, were arguably the two clearest chances of the game, and both were created by City.

Coach Patrick Kisnorbo said it was simply a lack of quality execution.

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“We had chances to finish off the game, we were a little bit rusty and you could see that,” he said.

“We missed a penalty and a few other opportunities, but you can’t change that, and I’m just happy that they got in those areas.”

However, the A-League Men premiership and championship winning coach said he was very proud of how his side played given the circumstances surrounding them.

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“The boys showed great character and great resilience especially after what they’ve been through,” he said.

“I’m definitely proud of them, we’ve overcome some adversity to put in a good performance tonight, we’ll rest up now and move on to next week’s game.”

The side isn’t going to get much time to get that rest however, as they face Western Sydney Wanderers in an A-League Men clash on Sunday.

Kisnorbo admitted the short turnaround might affect his team’s preparation, but that they will still be ready to go when the first whistle sounds.

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“We just have to prepare the best way we can, there’ll be a lot of recovery, we’ve already started working on film for the match,” he said.

“It’s going to be the same kind of stuff we always do, just that we’re getting slightly less of a break than everyone else.”

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He was not willing to entertain discussion about the broader impact of the upcoming match, preferring to keep his men centred and in the mindset of competing in that contest.

“I don’t really like thinking in terms of big impacts, we need to take it game by game,” he said.

“We know there’s a lot of games coming up so we’ll take them one by one and see where we end up from there.”

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Mitchell Turner
Third Year Undergraduate Arts Student at Monash University (Journalism Major). Generic sports tragic living out my failed dreams of going pro vicariously through other people.

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