Joyce: The hard work will continue


City boss Warren Joyce has urged his side to continue putting in the hard yards on the training track as his side prepare for its second pre-season friendly against La Liga side Girona.

Coming off Tuesday’s 6-0 win over Indian Super League outfit Kerala Blasters, Joyce applauded his sides work in their first friendly of the 2018/19 season but says there will be plenty to refine from his end before they take on Brisbane Roar in the FFA Cup Round of 32.

“All in all, it was a good workout for us,” Joyce said.

“There are plenty of things we need to improve on and get better at but it has been an enjoyable experience, a fantastic atmosphere from the crowd and good stadium and pitch.

“There is a long way to go before our season. These are build up games and we want to obviously win every game that we play but both games (in India) are in preparation for the FFA Cup game and we’ll assess on Thursday where everyone is at and decide the team for Girona.”

The match allowed Joyce to not only roll out his new signings but give the spotlight to some of the youth talent waiting in the wings and the Englishman felt there were good signs for his side.

“I thought the kids in the second half showed good intent and intensity for 30-35 minutes. They enjoyed the experience here,” he said.

“We dominated possession and the longer it went on, there may have been some tired legs in the second half but we’ve thrown some kids on who were desperate to impress and they drove the game forward so we got a good workout and we’ve been appreciative of everything the country has given us.”

City move onto the final match of their Indian tour on Friday as they take on Girona in Kochi, kick-off 11.30pm AEST. Australian audiences will be able to watch the match on Facebook live on Friday night.