City sidelined by the Sydney machine

In football there’s only two ways to read the tea leaves before your team comes up against a formidable opponent: either the opponent is going to roll over the top of your team or it will finally falter because your side is ‘due a win’.

The latter reading was particularly favoured by City fans like me because our team had fired up again – 4 wins and 2 draws in the last 6 games, including a 5-0 drubbing of Adelaide and almost clinching a winner against second-placed Newcastle. Surely after losing to Sydney in the FFA cup quarters in September, then twice in the league, City was due a win against the top team…

In the first 30 minutes of this game City gave me hope that my prediction was right. Budzinski fired a few shots and Arzani looked dangerous in keeping with his recent form. Then again, Sydney’s defence didn’t appear that troubled. If only City had retained Wilkinson a few seasons ago, then our defence might be as solid as Sydney’s. A more pressing question on the fans’ minds was how would the team go without this season’s goal machine Ross McCormack. His long range stunner against Adelaide showed what a quality player he is and we sorely needed him in this clash, not back at Villa in England where his future is in doubt. At least Fornaroli was sitting on the bench itching to make up for his lost season so far.

Back on the pitch, suddenly out of nothing Brosque was through City’s defence and Bouzanis did the predictable thing and brought him down, even though the Sydney captain was wide of the goal. The penalty was converted by Bobo. My hopes didn’t sink at that point because we’d shown in numerous games this season that we know how to fight back when going behind. All credit to Joyce for instilling that spirit in the players which was so lacking for years.

At this point perhaps City’s players were waiting for each other to click into fight-back mode, rather than step up personally. In the midfield in particular, Brattan and Mauk went AWOL with Vidosic lacking his usual sharpness. Ten minutes later Ninkovic, arguably Sydney’s most dangerous player, waltzed through the middle and easily volleyed one home.

Only a blistering performance from Fornaroli in the second half and better team defending offered any hope now. I’d like to think that Joyce would have made some tactical changes too. However judging by his comments in the post-match press conference, it didn’t cross his mind because he put it onto the players to simply not repeat the mistakes they made in the first half. So we inevitably witnessed the same outcome in the second 45 minutes. Sydney are a game-winning machine and City failed to make any interventions to stop it. Fornaroli’s return gave us one thing to cheer about and we jumped for joy when later he scored, only for it to be ruled out for an infringement.

I’d certainly misread those proverbial tea leaves and we went home deeply disappointed that a third placed team hardly mounted a challenge to a team running away with the league. Joyce rightly noted Sydney’s excellent ability to make the right decisions in attack and City should have done better with the few chances they created, having scored at least two goals in each of the previous 6 games. But it was the lack of determination to deny Sydney space to play that was most deflating. You can only hope City get over it quickly and regain that grittiness we’ve come to admire this season.

Yes we have local music on our show, like the Phosphenes

This is The Phosphenes song Watershed. Have a listen:

We played this along with a few other songs on our last show. We want to have more Melbourne bands on our show. If you have a band and are currently playing gigs in and around the city of Melbourne, please emails us at ash@thebigheart.co with a song so we can have a listen.

We want to help promote local bands on the show as well as talk about Melbourne City FC. Hopefully making it entertaining and all about the city of Melbourne.

Don’t forget to listen to some local Melbourne bands on our latest podcast

Have you listened to our latest podcast yet? Well you can check it out here “Old VS New“:

On this podcast we have some great local bands playing:

If you have a local band and play gigs around Melbourne and want to have your music heard on our podcast please email us at ash@thebigheart.co. We really want to help promote local bands that play in the city of Melbourne and keep our podcast entertaining and hopefully have your music reach a few more people.

Yes we are amateurs at the podcast world and we are still working on our audio and getting it up on iTunes. Apart from that we hope you enjoyed the local music talent.

Remember we are interested in having more Melbourne bands, that play gigs in Melbourne on our podcast. So, please email us ash@thebigheart.co if you would like your music played on our podcast.

The Big Heart Show “Old VS New”

Here is our second podcast attempt. At the moment you can listen to it directly from the site at the bottom of this post.

With our show we want to promote Melbourne City FC along with the City of Melbourne and decided to ask a few local Melbourne bands if we could play some of their music in our show. So on today’s show you will here The Phosphenes with their songs “Watershed” and “Halflight”. Also on the show we have the Shadows At Bay with their songs “Ghost” and “I can’t save your life”.

We hope you enjoy both these bands, they are playing gigs soon. We have posted their details on our site, just click on their names above and you can read the Q&A we have on them plus you can see where they will be playing next. Please check them out and check out their next gigs.

We did record this earlier today, before we heard of the major signing announcement of Robert Koren.

Please remember this is our second attempt at ever doing a podcast, so we are doing our best from editing through to the show itself. We are using the technology we have on hand. So at some points we do go quiet for a second or two.

Please enjoy our show: