Melbourne City FC recorded its third consecutive Hyundai A-League win with a comprehensive 4-0 win over the Newcastle Jets at Hunter Stadium. Here are the key Quotes and Notes to come out ofSunday’s Round 10 encounter.
Melbourne City FC Head Coach John van’t Schip
Thoughts on the win and first clean sheet of the season…
“It was a good win with a lot of goals, but we also know that next week is important. We should enjoy this one and work towards next week when we have the big game in Melbourne.”
“We’ve been working on the defensive side for a clean sheet; finally today that happened. That’s always a good sign as we score goals, it’s good for the confidence but also not conceding.
“It’s one of the things we need to continue to work on to try to keep in, but overall of course it was a good win. A bit sloppy the last part - if we really want to take the next step we should be playing more possession on the half of the opponent."
On preparations for the Melbourne Derby…
“That’s important [the confidence]. We also know that Victory will be fired up. They are coming off two losses and they still have to play a game up in Perth."
“They will be motivated more than ever and we have to make sure we are the best on the top, because the last few games we played against them they were on top of us. It’s going to be a great game.”
On Aaron Mooy’s performance against the Jets…
“He’s important and he keeps on going. It’s every time the same story and I hope that I can tell it every press conference."
“He scored two goals, he’s important in the way he plays, but I think today was a great team performance. We are really growing together as a team and finally could put on the same XI compared to the last game - I don’t know if that will happen the next game because we had two players going off (Connor Chapman and Jacob Melling).
“But we will see, we were happy with the team result and performance.”
On the team’s consistency and the run ahead…
”We have a few players that are important and are helping the other ones that are coming in, I think that’s working together.”
“The younger players are getting better, the experienced players are getting fitter and players that we missed are coming back, so all those things we talked about are coming in place more and more.
“I can’t just say it’s one player, I think all the players are making steps and getting better and as a team we are performing better. But by saying that, we have to keep this momentum going and be sharp.
“We don’t have anything yet. The league is very tight, we had a poor start and now we have a good run. We have two really tough games ahead of us now – the first one is Victory and then we go away to face Brisbane.
“It will be close and exciting to play those games but we have to show now that we are really up to it.”
Newcastle Jets Head Coach Scott Miller
Thoughts on the 4-0 result….
“It demonstrates [City’s] ability to break teams down. We were very aware of their last couple of weeks and their form – scoring 10 goals in two games is an outstanding achievement – and unfortunately for us they continued that run of goal-scoring freedom."
“That’s a hard thing to take because we pride ourselves on solid defending. We will learn from this, and that is the biggest advantage of such a big defeat in the manner we lost.
“First half, we had a number of chances in the final third in terms of key passes and the timing of it and on any given day it could be different, but it wasn’t today. On reflection, you come away from today thinking we’ll learn a lot from it, in terms of the general structure out of possession."
On the threat of Aaron Mooy and Bruno Fornaroli…
“He’s (Mooy) is an outstanding player but you always have to look at the source. It was a challenging day in terms of getting enough pressure on their false tens."
“[Bruno] Fornaroli is a great asset to that team, he’s such a hard working number nine which is great. I think overall the entire squad is entirely balanced at Melbourne now. Their fortunes three to four weeks ago were entirely different.
“They came up here with a good attitude and mentality – we obviously beat them 3-2 at home – and today we couldn’t repeat that effort. “
- With the emphatic 4-0 win, Melbourne City FC became the first team in Hyundai A-League history to score four or more goals in three consecutive matches.
- Displaying lethal form in front of goal, City have now scored 14 goals in the Club’s last three Hyundai A-League fixtures, conceding only three goals in this period.
- Bruno Fornaroli’s double against the Jets saw the Uruguayan take his goal tally to nine for the season. He leads the Golden Boot race by three goals, sitting ahead of team-mate Aaron Mooy and Melbourne Victory striker Besart Berisha (both 6) in second position.
- A solid defensive performance also saw City – and goalkeeper Thomas Sorensen - register its first clean sheet of the campaign. The Danish shot-stopper has been fine form in his debut A-League season, ranking second in the competition for saves made with 33.
- City played 542 passes – the highest for the team this season, including 343 in the second half
- City won 10 out of 13 aerial duels
- Newcastle were caught offside 13 times, compared to 1 for City