City look to defy Perth record

Melbourne City Head Coach John van’t Schip says his side will not settle for anything less than three points when they head to Perth on Saturday to take on the Glory.

The Dutchman admits City’s record against the West Australians isn’t great but feels history, like last week’s task against the Wanderers, means nothing when both sides head out onto the pitch.

“If we want to be up there (with the contenders), a good result is necessary,” van’t Schip said.

“With a good win you can make a good step on the ladder. We have to be focused and prepared because it's going to be a totally different game (to last week), the travel, temperatures, it's something we have to deal with.

“We don’t have a great record there so we know it's going to be a tough game. We played there for the cup and we lost, we want to get a good result there. We’re doing everything for that to stay up in the table and to climb the table so there are a lot of challenges for us to overcome and try to get a good win.”

Part of his side’s success in recent weeks has been the implementation of a ‘Plan B’ 3-5-2 formation and the Head Coach admits that with another week of practice and a good result against the high-flying Wanderers, the tactic could be a handy addition to his side’s cavalry.

“I think it worked well in good parts of the game,” he said.

“We (used the formation) from the start for the first time (last week) but that's something we have to work. Looking at big parts of the game, it suits us, we have the players for that so we can play that and we can also play the 4-3-3 system that we’re used to playing so I think it's an advantage for us.”

City take on Perth this Saturday night at nib Stadium, kick-off 9:40pm. See the match live on Fox Sports 505.

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