WHAT THEY SAID: Melbourne City FC v Newcastle Jets


There was plenty said from all sides of the story when the final whistle blew after Sunday afternoon’s 1-1 draw with the Newcastle Jets.

With the balance of play dominated by Melbourne City FC, both coaches were buoyant with their respective side’s performance on the weekend, feeling either side could have taken all three points.

Melbourne City FC Head Coach John van’t Schip lamented on his side’s lack of potency in the final third, saying they were not really ready to give the finishing punch.

“Of course its frustrating.” van’t Schip said.

“The first half we were dominating, having a lot of set pieces, and creating chances from the set pieces.

“In football you have to score more goals. Domination is not enough to get you three points.”

However, van’t Schip was positive about the way his side fought back into the contests in front of the 15,717-strong crowd.

“For them (the fans), I am especially happy that we got the equaliser,” van’t Schip said.

“A win would have been the best but hopefully we did enough to show them we are a team that is playing positive football.”

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Midfield maestro Massimo Murdocca felt a similar way about the match, stressing that the result will come with positive football

“[I’m] happy with the performance,” Murdocca said.

“Obviously the result wasn’t what we wanted being the first home game but the performance was good,

“We said that from the beginning that that’s going to be our priority and it’s good that it’s there.”

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Newcastle Jets Head Coach Phil Stubbins felt his side could have pinched all three points but praised the style Melbourne City FC played.

“There was a period of the first half where Melbourne dominated the game, ill be honest with that,” Stubbins said.

“They have wonderful inclusions now of Damien Duff and Robert Koren even Erik Paartalu as well as Villa so the expectation to play the same way is going to go along with them.”