Caceres: This time of year, momentum matters


Back-to-back wins has come as no surprise to City midfielder Anthony Caceres as his side put in a commanding performance against Newcastle on Saturday.

The 4-0 win that was headlined by Bruno Fornaroli’s double saw Caceres play an important role in the contest, most notably his cheeky dink over the Jets defence that saw Nick Fitzgerald finish with aplomb.

His performance – along with that of his team – has the talented playmaker excited for what his side can bring to the closing rounds of the season and the Finals Series.

“It was a great performance by the boys, we all put in a good shift,” Caceres said.

“There’s good signs that we are starting to get some good consistency in our game and the scoreboard doesn’t lie. It was a well-deserved win and we want to keep improving and hopefully deliver more as finals approach.

“This is the time of year momentum matters. Results matter, wins matter so we’re looking to continue that form.

“Obviously a 4-0 win helps the confidence a lot and we’ve got to keep striving to improve that. We want to finish with at least a home final where we have our fans behind us all the way. We’ll continue to build on that and look to hit the finals with strength.”

It hasn’t been smooth sailing for the midfielder this season. His new-found confidence in the starting line-up has seen City’s number 10 play a vital role his side’s impressive run of form and Caceres is confident he’ll shine brighter with time.

“The first half of the season was turbulent for me. I had some good moments then found myself out of the team,” he said.

“Since Mickey [Valkanis] has come in, I’ve been given the opportunity to get some consistency in my game and I’m happy to be playing, happy to be part of this great team and looking to keep improving my performances every week.

“If you look at the last few games where I have been playing in a more advanced role, I’ve been involved in a few goals and grabbed one myself in Wellington.

“I’m always looking to go out more and try to create a bit more but there’s good signs the team is really starting to gel at the moment so I find my role quite exciting and it’s a good challenge to have the responsibility to create more and more every week.”

He’ll get the chance to do that again this Friday night as City take on the Wanderers at Spotless Stadium and the man who grew up in Sydney’s west believes it will be another opportunity for his side to stamp their Championship credentials. See the match on Fox Sports 505 from 7.50pm.