Joyce: We’re just taking it a game at a time

It’s the old cliché but City Head Coach Warren Joyce is well and truly taking it a game at a time after making it three wins from just as many starts this season.

City latest victory came against Wellington Phoenix on Saturday night as they defeated the Kiwi-side 1-0.

With a “sub-par’ performance in possession during the match, Joyce says he’s ensuring his side will not get ahead of themselves as they continue their early season form.

“You take every single game at a time,” Joyce said.

“There’s highs and lows in football and you dust yourself down either way. You can be too high after three games and you can be too low.

“Look at how bad we were against Sydney FC in the FFA Cup, you’ve got to be consistent and try and build the foundations along the way to create a successful football club.

“I thought we were poor tonight in possession, there’s no beating around the bush and we can do better than that. The fact that we showed a lot of grit and determination and kept another clean sheet, including the two friendly matches before round one, we’ve now kept four out of five clean sheets recently.

“The way that the defenders put their bodies on the line and the way the players in front of them want to work, that’s just the base map and we need to do that every day at training and every single game.

“If you ask people to do a job and they’ve done a job to the best of their ability and they’ve done the things you’ve asked them to do well I think I think you should have every right to be in the starting line-up.”

Joyce was also pleased to see Ross McCormack get onto the scoresheet for the first time in City colours and the Englishman feels there is only more to come from the Aston Villa loanee.

“It’s not a surprise seeing him score a free-kick like that,” he said.

“He’s actually scored a lot from that kind of range, it was no surprise to me when it flew in. Some people have a range when taking free kicks and that range is his. Pleased for him to get off the mark and score and obviously win us the game with a goal”

City now prepare for its first away trip of the season against Adelaide United at Coopers Stadium on Saturday, kick-off 7.50pm.