Sweltering heat and coaching shuffle doesn’t faze dominant Melbourne City

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In the sweltering heat, Melbourne City played their first home game of the season at Casey Fields in south-east Melbourne.

It’s been a turbulent time at the club after former manager, Rado Vidosic, took up the interim head coaching position for Melbourne City’s A-League Men’s team after the surprise departure of championship-winning coach Patrick Kisnorbo. Kisnorbo is now in charge at Ligue 1 Club ES Troyes.

Despite all of the happenings at the club off the pitch, the City side dominated against Brisbane Roar.

They controlled the ball with ease, forcing Brisbane to constantly press on a 30-degree day leading to a lethargic team that could not keep up with City who slotted three past Brisbane.

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The star of the show was young midfielder Leah Davidson whose ability to play in the defensive midfield really helped City control possession. She was also able to protect the counter-attack whenever the Roar had any short opportunity on the ball.

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New Head Coach Dario Vidosic was quick to hand out the plaudits to the 21-year-old.

“She’s impressive and important for us – she’s the engine of our midfield” he said.

“She starts all our attacks but also defensively how much she swept up and took care of their counter-attacks which we knew would be dangerous.

“She had a great performance today.”

Vidosic assured everyone that the club’s tumultuous few weeks off the pitch was not going to affect the squad in a negative manner.

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“It’s a credit to the squad that they just sort of went you know what it’s business as usual,” Vidosic said.

“They’re going to miss the old man for sure, but he sees them, he’s always at training when the men have got the day off. So, we’re all together around the club.

“They know they’ve got their sights set on titles this season, and we just keep going week by week, day by day.

“They’re an unbelievable group, it’s easy to coach them.”

 

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Brisbane, meanwhile, have been unlucky with their opening three games of the season. All three have been 3pm kick-offs with temperatures over 30 degrees. Roar manager Garrath McPherson points to this as a major issue his squad have faced.

“The challenge we’ve got is that that’s actually the third time now in a row that we’ve done that,” he said.

“We’ve had 32 degrees, 35 degrees, and again, 30 today.

“It just drains the girls, which leads to slow starts to training weeks.

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“They’re [Melbourne City] coming off a bye and played in Wellington the week before in 20 degrees.

“So, we’ve spoken to the APL and spoken to the PFA and organizations that might be able to help shift some of our game times, particularly in Queensland because week in and week out, the fatigue element of those games start taking its toll.”

Notwithstanding all the changes at City this past few weeks, this result is a great momentum builder as the girls prepare to host the Newcastle Jets back at Casey Fields on Saturday.

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Caydn Foley
Football Fanatic. Journalism student hoping to make this a career. Covering Melbourne City for the 22/23 A-Leagues season.

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