Sixteen shots on goal and eight on target were the stats City full back Scott Jamieson felt should have equalled more goals on Sunday night but the defender believes his side should still take positives from the performance.
Despite being dominant in the final third, the hosts were made to settle for a 1-1 draw against the Wanderers at AAMI Park, with the heroics of goalkeeper Vedran Janjetovic keeping Western Sydney in the contest.
With City notching a third of their total season shots on target on Sunday night (8 of 24), Jamieson felt the balance between defence and attack is starting to level out.
“It’s trying to find that balance of scoring and not conceding,” Jamieson said.
“They got the goal through a few mistakes, not just one and also against the run of play and then in the second half, we came out and deservedly got the goal.
“I think if you balance the game out and look at it, we were a bit hard done by. We had enough chances to win it but we didn’t take them so we have to be better.
“I think we played our best game in terms of dominating a game and being in control which is really pleasing. Looking upon last night and next week, we can build a lot on.”
Jamieson – who returned to the squad after a minor injury he picked up against Adelaide – returned to the eleven this week and felt the competition in the defensive stocks has kept him on his toes.
“As I’ve got older, I’ve got more intense with my preparation and training,” he said.
“Coming here as the only left back, I knew that someone could be there to do a job and he [Jakobsen] did a really good job [last week].
“I’m not going to lie, there were a few nervous moments where I thought I could struggle [getting back in the team] but I really take my training [seriously], back my ability and keep doing well to stay in the team.
With a quick turn around to Brisbane this Friday, Jamieson is hoping the shortened break can actually work in City’s favour.
“I’d rather play games than train,” he said.
“I feel with the performance we had, we can probably use that rather than dwelling on things and diving into it [too much]. You have the day after and go into recovery and then next thing you know, it’s Friday and you are playing.
“Some might see it as a negative but I think it’s a good thing to go into the next game.”
City face Brisbane on Friday night at Suncorp Stadium, kick-off 7.50pm before returning home next Friday night to take on Perth Glory at AAMI Park.