Melbourne City’s bad week only got worse as they gave up a two-goal lead against Perth Glory in a disappointing 2-2 draw against the league leaders.
City’s homegrown striker Jamie Maclaren continued his excellent form when he opened the scoring by flicking a beautiful Scott Jamieson cross into the net to give his team the lead.
The Socceroos striker then doubled the lead after he scored from the spot, following Shane Lowry’s trailing arm being deemed an intentional touch.
After taking a deserved two goal lead, City put on the brakes and tried to hold their lead rather than extend it. City manager Warren Joyce was left to rue that tactical decision as his team conceded twice in the last 10 minutes of the match in what is surely two points dropped for Melbourne.
Eugene Galekovic – 6.5
Galekovic had an excellent first half with a couple of crucial saves but it was followed by a poor second half as he failed to meet the cross for the first goal before misjudging the second.
Scott Jamieson – 8
Put in a delightful ball that pierced the Perth defence to find Maclaren which gave his team the lead and didn’t shirk from his responsibilities defensively, as he stopped a powerful Castro shot.
Iacopo La Rocca – 6
Didn’t close down Diego Castro quick enough in the dying minutes and gave the Spaniard enough time to launch from distance, which meant City gave up their two-goal lead.
Curtis Good – 6.5
Good had a solid game and was calm and composed with any balls that came his way.
Nathaniel Atkinson – 6.5
Atkinson was a great outlet for his team out wide but couldn’t pressure the box well enough when he got into advanced positions.
Kearyn Baccus – 7
Unusually for Baccus, he was not tasked with controlling and retaining possession but instead remaining compact as his team spent most of the game without the ball. Adapted to his new role well and offered composure with the ball as well.