John van’t Schip said he was pleased with his side’s return to competitive action following a three-week break, following Sunday’s 2-1 win over the Wanderers.
“We deserved the win for sure,” van’t Schip told media post match, and it would be hard to argue with the Dutchman – the home side dominated the game, completing 343 passes – almost double that of the Wanderers.
“It’s a tough league and the teams are very close. But overall today I thought it was a very good team effort, we fought back into the game as a team.”
After a setback five minutes into the game, as Yojiro Takahagi opened the scoring, City were able to bounce back with goals from Jacob Melling and Aaron Mooy proving to be the difference between the sides.
After the recent signings of Jack Clisby and Safuwan Baharudin, van’t Schip seemed content with the increased depth in the squad and believes it contributed to the win on Sunday.
“Benny Garuucio was playing well, but he had to go off and Jack was a good replacement,” van’t Schip said. “We can have good competition between the boys. If you’re playing well you can expect to play, if not then someone is lined up to play in your position.”.
With the Club now only three points behind Sydney with a game in hand, van’t Schip was keen to remain fully focused on the all important Melbourne Derby this Saturday night.
“Now we have to enjoy this win but prepare for another big game this week”.