No Bruno? No problem.
After more than a week of talk about the civil-war between Bruno Fornaroli and manager Warren Joyce, Melbourne City have proven that they are no one-man team, thoroughly defeating last season’s grand-finalists, the Newcastle Jets, 3-0 at AAMI Park.
Coming off an extremely poor performance against the Roar last Saturday, City managed to conjure up an instant response. Human scorpion Riley McGree brought down Florin Berenguer’s lofted cross, proceeding to smash the ball into the bottom corner in just the second minute of the contest.
With the Melburnians in full-voice following their 23 minute protest in support of a player actively seeking to leave their club for Sydney FC, Luke Brattan gave them even more to sing about when he brought the ball down on his chest before spectacularly volleying into the top right corner- a contender for goal of the season.
The second 45-minutes proved to be a formality, with City running out 3-0 victors following a beautiful dinked strike from Fornaroli-replacement, Lachie Wales.
The result leaves the Jets outside the top six, and sees City move to 5th on the A-League table, just two points behind cross-town rivals Melbourne Victory, with only 20 days until the Christmas Derby at AAMI Park.
Eugene Galekovic- 8
Made two pivotal saves from Jason Hoffman shots. Provided great distribution that allowed City to swiftly transition from defensive to attacking phases.
Ritchie De Laet- 7
Almost ran the field with a driving passage in the 10th minute. Gets very high up the pitch and challenges defenders. Didn’t see as much of the ball as he’d like too, but shows great experience in choosing when to attack and when to hold back.
Harrison Delbridge - 8
Great ‘tekkers’ for a CB, managed a long-range strike in the 24th minute that forced a save from Moss.
Bart Schenkeveld - 8
Calmest man on the pitch. Dealt with every situation the Jets could throw at him without any notable mishaps.
Scott Jamieson - 8.5
Not shy of getting forward, often ending up the furthest forward for City. Read the game well defensively, making key interceptions and tackles. Made 66 passes, the second highest in his team.