REACTION: van’t Schip pleased with performance


Melbourne City FC Head Coach John van’t Schip was pleased with his side’s final match on tour.

​Melbourne City FC Head Coach John van’t Schip was pleased with his side’s final match in the UK against a select Bolton Wanderers side on Wednesday.

While Bolton primarily fielded a developmental U21s side, Melbourne City FC executed a fine display of attacking football that produced five goals, and 23 shots.

First-half goals from Patrick Kisnorbo, David Williams and Aaron Mooy were added to in the second half with James Brown and Mate Dugandzic finding the net in the second stanza.

“Yes, the team is starting to get used to the way we want to play, which is a ball possession-based play with a lot of movement and rotations and today I thought that they performed very well.

“The first half especially, we set the pace for the rest of the game. Scoring five goals is always good for confidence and the players who made the goals; Aaron Mooy, David and Mate – so that’s important that the front players are making goals.

“It was a very good finish to our tour.”

Van’t Schip said the team had showed improvement across the three matches in the UK.

“If you look at the team, I think it was a team effort. The midfield was good – I think Aaron played higher than against Oldham… and I think there was an improvement for him in that position.

“I think looking at what they [the players] did physically, a lot of players played 90 minutes and that was a test as well because we need to play against Sydney [FC] when we get back [to Australia], the players have to be able to play 90 minutes and it was a good performance in all kinds of ways.”