Vidosic demands greater intensity from City ahead of Roar clash

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Following their disappointing defeat against Sydney FC last week, Melbourne City head coach Rado Vidosic believes his side needs to bring more energy if they are to return to winning ways.

The last few weeks have been the toughest of Melbourne City’s season so far.

Having lost Holly McNamara to a Matildas call-up, City have faced back-to-back away trips to Adelaide and Sydney.

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The road trips continue this weekend when they head to Queensland to take on Brisbane Roar.

City, currently second on the ladder, suffered a heavy 3-0 defeat at the hands of runaway leaders Sydney FC last week.

Vidosic believes the result was a product of a lack of intensity from the start of the match.

“I think it just came down to the intensity and effort, especially in the first half,” he said.

“They wanted it more.”

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Vidosic felt the game wasn’t played on his team’s terms, as Sydney were able to impose their game-style upon his side.

“They managed to get on top of us and we were not capable of stopping them playing their game,” he said.

However, Vidosic believes that there is a straightforward fix to his team’s lacklustre performance.

“It’s not about doing anything in particular, just everyone doing their job,” he said.

“I think we just need to go back to how we played before the Sydney game: being relentless and dominant.

“The good news is we play them again, so we get a chance to get some revenge.”

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City’s challenges are exacerbated by the need to rely on squad depth and young players who haven’t been playing consistently across the course of the season.

McNamara’s absence means Rebekah Stott has been asked to play higher up the pitch, leaving an inexperienced central midfield pairing of Darcey Malone and Leah Davidson to do plenty of heavy lifting.

Nonetheless, Vidosic was quick to point out that his team still has plenty of experienced heads and should have performed better against Sydney.

“We’ve still got quite a few experienced players,” he said.

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“We probably had more experience than them (Sydney).

“From an experience point of view, I think we should have been better.

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Looking ahead to the Brisbane clash, the City coach doesn’t believe structural changes are needed to cover for the lack of attacking threat from his side over the last two matches.

The Hannah Wilkinson-led City attack was devastating for the first month of the season, scoring 14 goals in their first five games.

In the last two games though since McNamara’s departure, City have only scored once.

When asked whether Leah Davidson could be expected to play a more advanced role to benefit his team’s attacking play, Vidosic dismissed the suggestion.

“Probably not. She is one of our fittest players and she’s a typical number eight,” he said.

“She can run forward and cover at the back, so I don’t really want to lose her in more forward positions.

“Although she does have licence to go forward and help us in attack when it’s needed.”

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Whilst City certainly appear to have lost some of their edge and structure since McNamara’s departure, Vidosic clearly believes his team is still capable of performing to a high standard.

Significant changes regarding personnel and structure appear unlikely.

The game against Brisbane should be highly instructive in determining whether City can match their performances at the start of the season despite the additional challenges of travel and a key missing link in their attacking play.

Feature Image Credit: Melbourne City FC

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