City boss Rado Vidosic has praised the effort and intensity of his team’s performance following their 1-1 draw with Macarthur in Campbelltown on Sunday night.
In a match which saw City create 24 chances in front of goal, Vidosic’s side was forced to rue missed opportunities in the final third.
“I’m very proud of my players and I think they gave everything,” Vidosic reflected. “They dug deep, but unfortunately we just weren’t clinical enough in front of goal.”
“It’s something we’ve been working on but unfortunately it just didn’t happen tonight. You can’t question the effort, the intensity of the game and the willingness to play the right way.
“Every game is different, we created enough chances but I think we were lacking a bit of composure in the front third. It was just one of those games that things didn’t go our way.”
With injuries to key players including Mathew Leckie, Richard van der Venne and Florin Berenguer, the international break comes at a good time for Vidosic and his team.
“Everyone has patchy form and maybe we are right in that at the moment,” Vidosic said. “We are missing four good players, once everyone comes back, I think we’re going to be a little bit better.”
“At the moment we have 11 or 12 players that we’re using, and we’re stretched to the limit. They’ve been fantastic for us in the last few games, and I think we’re going to have to use the same players again against Newcastle.
“We need to look after them.”
With the international break commencing, majority of the squad will have a couple of days off before returning to the training track.
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