Melbourne City FC booked its spot in the FFA Cup Semi Final in style with a resounding 4-1 win over Western Sydney Wanderers at AAMI Park on Wedneday night. Here are the key Quotes and Notes to emerge from the clash.
Melbourne City Head Coach John van’t Schip
On the 4-1 win and a spot in the FFA Cup Semi Final…
“Yes of course. The goal was to win the game because it’s a final game and you know that you go through to the Semi’s. We’re satisfied about that and the score, but there are still a lot of things we can improve.”
“We’re early in the season and if you look at the line-up seven of the 11 players were making their home debut at AAMI Park.”
“We’re very pleased. It has been a good evening for a lot of reasons.”
On Tim Cahill’s performance…
“Tim is training well, he’s been in a very good mood and hasn’t skipped one session. He’s fit, he just has to get a bit more game time but that will come. We also know we have to use him in the best possible way. Sometimes he plays an hour, maybe 90 minutes – that counts for everyone.
“We want to get the best out of every player and Tim has value in his certain way.”
On Jakobsen’s overhead kick…
“We were surprised when we saw that, we thought it was Bruno! But it was Michael and it was a great goal for him of course, starting like that in his debut and he’s only been here for a week.”
“He’s really adapted himself quickly into the group during training and you can see he is an experienced player who has a good left foot. More importantly he was organising and taking care of the defence.”
“I think he had a good game.”
On Tim and Bruno’s partnership…
“It’s very clear that they can play together. We have to work as a team and they need to be part of that team, and they are.”
“They worked very hard together, they played some good football together and also gave each other an assist and a goal. You can clearly see there’s a good understanding between them on the pitch.”
On Bruce Kamau’s performance and the depth in attack.
“Bruce works very hard as a winger. He defends, he attacks, he always closing down and trying to get into the attack. He worked a lot and just got some cramp but it’s great to know you have players on the bench like Nicky (Fitzgerald), who had a very good pre-season as well.”
“We have to make choices, we have competition in the squad but when he came on he immediately put pressure on the Western Sydney defenders. “
- City have now won each of their two FFA Cup encounters played at AAMI Park, with last night’s 4-1 win over the Wanderers following up from a 5-1 demolition of Wellington Phoenix last season.
- A total of seven City players made their starting home debuts for the Club at AAMI Park; Tim Cahill, Michael Jakobsen, Josh Rose, Luke Brattan, Neil Kilkenny, Fernando Brandan and Bruce Kamau.
- New signing Nicolas Colazo also made his first competitive appearance for the Club after replacing Tim Cahill in the 62nd minute.
- It only took two minutes for Danish defender Michael Jakobsen to make his mark on his debut, registering his first City goal with a sensational bicycle kick to open the scoring.
- Tim Cahill and Fernando Brandan also netted their first competitive goals for the Club in a rampant attacking performance.
- Bruno Fornaroli extended his goal-scoring tally to three in this season’s edition of the FFA Cup, following on from his double against Brisbane Strikers with a deft finish against the Wanderers.