Vidosic: We put a lot of hard work into it this week


The positive luck for Melbourne City and W-League Head Coach Rado Vidosic looked to hit in one big swoop on Friday as City took their chances against league favourites Sydney  FC on Friday night.

In contrast to their season opener against Canberra, City put away their chances in the match-winning performance and the Head Coach says it was great to see the hard work pay off as his side look to continue the run this season.

“We put a lot of hard work into it this week,” Vidosic said.

“We scored goals at the right time, by taking a one nil lead it gave us a little bit of confidence and then two beautiful goals in the second-half wrapped it up quite early which was good,

“We got two girls [Elise Kellond-Knight and Yukari Kinga] that arrived in the last couple of days and only got to train with the team once, but they made a big difference with their experience in the midfield. They calmed down the game and allowed us to play at our own pace and I think that was very important for us.”

The clinical Jasmyne Spencer proved to be the difference on Friday with her hat-trick being the first from any City player in the Club’s W-League history and the Head Coach said the different approach this week worked the American import to her strengths.

“This week she had great service, last week we were not so clinical in our approach,” he said.

“Although we created some chances, they were mainly headers – that was probably the main difference. This week everything was played along the ground, a couple of good balls played through the opponents lines which she reacted very well to, I’m very pleased for her.”

With an international break in the W-League this week. The two-week period will allow Vidosic to let his team build chemistry before the Melbourne Derby despite missing goalkeeper Lydia Williams and midfielder Elise Kellond-Knight with the Matildas.

“Majority of the girls will stay with us, we are missing three in Tameka Butt, KK and Lydia Williams,” he said.

“Tameka [Butt] will join the national team straight from Norway. But this break will give us a little bit more time to work with [Yukari] Kinga and to work with the other girls. It will be a very short turnaround between Matildas duty and the Melbourne Derby, because that game is on Friday and they play Chile on Tuesday.

“This period will allow us to gel a bit more and make sure we’re progressing as a team as we head into the middle of the season.”

City face Victory in our blockbuster stand-alone W-League Melbourne Derby on Friday 16 November at AAMI Park. Click here to get your tickets for the match.