Melbourne City show their depth in late Brisbane win

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Missing Mathew Leckie and Richard van der Venne, and having Jamie Maclaren playing with a broken toe, the odds were always going to be stacked against Melbourne City in their match against Brisbane Roar on Sunday.

But having so much quality in every position on the pitch means that there is always someone ready to step up for City when the game is in the balance.

This time it was Aiden O’Neill.

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The 24-year-old midfielder took up a more attacking-minded role than he usually does due to Van der Venne picking up an injury midweek, and it paid dividends when in the 22nd minute O’Neill won the ball at the halfway line and made a run which he capped off with an excellent strike from outside the box to put City up 1-0.

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Then in the 88th minute when Melbourne City desperately needed a winner, it was O’Neill again who was able to get himself open for a Valon Berisha corner which he calmly guided into the top corner.

The former Burnley man has been gaining the plaudits of many this season, which has led to rumours of him linking back up with former Melbourne City coach Patrick Kisnorbo at his Ligue 1 club ESTAC Troyes when his contract runs out at the end of the season.

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“He has had a fantastic season,” Melbourne City head coach Rado Vidosic said post-match.

“This whole year he’s been unbelievable. I think he fully deserved the call-up for the Socceroos and I hope he’s gonna be selected in the final 23 or however many they’re going to call in.

“But I think he fully deserves it, he was fantastic today, not just on the ball, but defensively as well. He covered every blade of the grass on the pitch.

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Despite getting the win, Melbourne City have now conceded 13 goals in their last six games and with finals looming, questions need to be asked whether Melbourne City have it in them to go all the way this season.

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“You always want to keep the clean sheets but, if we keep scoring one goal more than our opponents, we’re gonna win more games and a lot of things that we’re working on are in that front third,” Vidosic said.

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“But of course, we want to improve. We would love to have clean sheets and, we would love to not to make those little mistakes but when we’ve got a lot of players that are attacking-minded every now and then we just have to accept that they’re going to be mistakes at the back and you’re going to cop the goal.

“So we are working on it and we will try to correct this as much as we can.

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All eyes will be looking ahead to their next clash facing Macarthur away from home.

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

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