Joyce: It’s a strong start in a long season


Four wins from four matches in the Club’s best start to the season has fans and pundits alike excited for the prospect of a dominant City 2017/18 but Head Coach Warren Joyce isn’t buying into the fanfare, saying his side still need to improve.

City secured their first four wins on the trot since early 2015 after defeating Adelaide United on Saturday night at Coopers Stadium as Ross McCormack’s brace secured the result for the visitors.

With only respective Champions Brisbane Roar, Sydney FC and Victory having four wins to start the season, Joyce has his side focused on future, not the past.

“It’s just another game,” Joyce said.

“There is still a long way to go, there are still things we have to improve and get better at and things we are not doing as well.

“It’s just four games in, it’s a strong start in a long season so we just want to keep working, progressing and we want to do that every day, not just every game.”

Joyce also lauded the performance of goalkeeper Eugene Galekovic who played an important role both before the stroke of half time and when City went down to ten-men.

“I think his composure and stature was a big help for us tonight in the way the game went,” he said.

“He’s been like that since he’s come to the club. You are looking for good people to bring into your football club and he’s a good person, he’s a good pro.

“He’s elite in the way he conducts himself every day. You want people like that at the club and you want all the young players to go about their way like that.”

With their biggest test of the season coming up on Friday night against Sydney FC, the Englishman says he believes his side is ready to test themselves against the league’s best.

“It’d be nice to have a crack at Sydney again,” he said.

“Hopefully the fans come along on Friday night, it’s going to be a challenging game. It’s another good test for us, I thought it was a big test tonight and that’s the bigger test for us next week and hopefully our fans will be there to push us forward.”

City take on Sydney this Friday night in a massive double header with our W-League side. The W-League Melbourne Derby kicks-off at 5.20pm while our clash with Sydney starts at 7.50pm.

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