Melbourne City VS Newcastle Jets 4-0 Review

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A fortnight ago, Melbourne City displayed a brilliant second half performance against Adelaide United at AAMI Park to gain three points. It was a result that many thought could kick start a great run of form to cement a top six spot and make the A-League finals. However, despite playing against two of the bottom three teams in the league in succession, City heavily disappointed by losing both.

The team needed to bounce back and record three points against the bottom side in the league – Newcastle Jets. Due to City’s recent poor form this season, like the previous four seasons, attendance was minimal in Melbourne. Just over 5,000 fans attended a rather satisfactory display from their side.

City looked positive early on with home debutant Harry Novillo showing signs of class early in the match. The Frenchman was able to create plenty of room for himself due to his positivity and confidence on the ball as he was not afraid to attack the goal and beat the Jets defenders. The winger had brilliantly provided a large attacking presence which saw him attempt three shots on goal in the space of 10 minutes.

Very soon after, against his old side, Kew Jaliens opened the scoring after a delightful corner kick from our star player Aaron Mooy that exploited the Jets’ horrid marking in the box. The Dutch veteran, along with the rest of the City defenders and Tando Velaphi were rarely tested in defence for the match. The remainder of the half saw very few chances but the floodgates would open in the second.

Very shortly after the break, Daniel Mullen committed an extremely terrible mistake as he failed to get rid of the ball. It allowed a siege of Melbourne City attackers to pounce and eventually capitalise through Harry Novillo to score his first goal for the club. Not the prettiest goal and it almost seemed they would blow it as Kennedy and Koren failed to finish a certain goal before the 23-year-old finally slotted it home.

The home side continued to pressurise the Newcastle defence as this time Robi Koren found himself in plenty of room only to blaze it over the bar. The Slovenian once again failed to prove his worth, continuing to leave doubts in the fans’ minds about his service as a marquee signing. But the 34-year-old showed his skill minutes later after the returning Germano won back the ball, allowing Koren to play a sublime pass into the path of substitute David Williams whose mishit ended up in the back of the net to extend the lead for City. Williams had come on for Josh Kennedy who had an injury problem – believed to be hip tightness.

Iain Ramsay who also came off the bench was played through by Aaron Mooy before scoring his second goal of the season. The points were put beyond doubt and it turned out to be an impressive result for Melbourne City putting them back into the top six. However, Brisbane Roar have three games in hand and with them being just two points behind, the odds are against us. Six matches remain for Melbourne City and it’s safe to say that unless the players produce several miracles, we will not be seeing a finals appearance this season.

City finished 2014 on a win, will they start 2015 with a win?

Mariners-City

City finished their great performance in December with a win away. Showing that it wasn’t just home advantage but they seem to have hit some winning form.

Newcastle Jets VS Melbourne City:
City travelled to Hunter stadium for this match.

With Koren and Duff in the squad and starting eleven, our forward line up had a completely different look to what we have been used too. With the international stars coming in Dugandzic and Williams both took to the bench for the start.

Koren become the second person, in our short history, to score a hat trick for City, along with him Duff and Mooy were also able to add to the scoreboard, making the final score 5-2 in City’s favour. It was great to see the attacking line up doing what needed to be done and getting the goals, which seemed to be where City had issues for most of the first part of the season.

Our defence had their usual flakey moments which help the Jets create some good goals of their own. Maybe one of the negatives from the match would be to address these moments that our defence still seem to have (from the old Heart days).

Overall it was a great performance from City.

Central Coast Mariners VS Melbourne City:
This game sees Germano coming back from injury and also Retre being promoted, while Melling is out due to suspension. It will be interesting to see the starting line up for the match with players starting to show they are determined to stay in the starting line up.

With the way City has been playing along with the issues hovering over the Mariners this is certainly a match City should capitalise on.

Go City!

Last match for 2014

Newcastle-City

Melbourne City must have been on Santa’s good list for December with Saint Nick giving them 7 points under the Christmas tree. From the last three matches City have just missed out on maximum points by just 2 and that was in the last match with a draw against the top of the ladder team Perth Glory.

John van’t Schip made some big changes after the Wellington thrashing in round 8. Bringing young Chapman on in central defence and also taking Ramsay out of the left back and replacing him with Garuccio. These changes in the back line seem to have made a huge difference to our defensive line up. Most teams used the weakness of Ramsay in that left back position to get their goals and Garuccio seems to have stopped that. Chapman too has been able to stand up next to Kisnorbo in that Centre back spot.

The other big change being the new crowd favourite Tando Velaphi in goals. Redmayne was struggling in that position and Velaphi has certainly saved some great chances over the last few matches. Redmayne will have to fight hard to get that number one goal keeper position back, but with Velaphi playing the way he is at the moment it seems that he is looking very comfortable in the spot.

Along with some player movements we have had our marquee player coming off the bench in the last two matches. It is great to finally see Robert Koren come on, showing some good form against Perth Glory on Boxing Day.

Now for our first test since our form change, playing an away match. This sounds like it should be a walk in the park, the Jets have only won one match at the moment and have a lot more issues on and off the field than City. The Jets last home match was a 2 – 1 win over Adelaide United, they also only lost by a goal against Victory on the weekend at AAMI Park and that was scored in the in the 85th minute by Finkler. So their form hasn’t been to shabby over the last few rounds either.

If City can keep the current line up (maybe bring in Koren in the starting eleven) and form we should be a very good chance. It seems the Wellington loss in round 8 was a big reality check for the coaching staff and players and lets hope they keep this form going. If City keep this up for the full 90 minutes I “believe” we can win this one.

Go City!

Melbourne City 1-1 Newcastle Jets: Match Review

After 6 long months, our beloved side, albeit with a new name, returned to AAMI Park for their first home match since April. As expected, there was a massive turnout as the record for Melbourne City’s biggest non-derby crowd was broken. 15,717 people witnessed what would turn out to be a disappointing performance by the home side.

Melbourne City, as they had done against Sydney FC in the first half last week, dominated possession as Newcastle were more than happy to sit back and invite the pressure. Doing this helped the Jets to cautiously mark City’s star man David Villa who had started the match wide on the left until moving central throughout the first half.

However, unlike round 1, City failed to create as many great chances. It seemed that the large amount of possession was unable to be converted into clear goal scoring opportunities. An early chance fell to David Williams who struck the ball that had been bouncing around at the edge of the area only for it to glide over the bar.

Neither team looked likely to score before the break as chances were hard to come by. The second half started similarly until the ball reached David Villa from a corner at the back post but surprisingly, Spain’s all time top goalscorer hit it way over the bar.

The first goal of the game arrived shortly after as the Jets’ first real chance ended up in the back of the net as Ecuadorian forward Edson Montano headed the ball home in the 62nd minute. It all seemed doom and gloom for the home side as Newcastle could have easily added to their lead only for Caravella to miss a simple chance.

Time was running out and it felt like City would leave the match with nothing. That was until the man that many people had come to see once again rescued his side. David Villa scored for Melbourne City for the second week in a row after receiving the ball from Mate Dugandzic before striking it into the near post past Birighitti. It was a surreal moment for all 15,000+ fans as a World Cup and Champions League winner had scored at AAMI Park.

It provided belief for all the City fans, as there were around 6 minutes including stoppage time to push for the winner. Unfortunately though, it wasn’t to be. The score remained 1-1 at the full time whistle which left fans disappointed despite rescuing a late point.

Once again, it was Damien Duff and Aaron Mooy who impressed most with their hard work and quality on the ball. Mooy was very unlucky to have two shots consecutively blocked off the line and Duff continued to provide an attacking presence in the final third.

Melbourne City remain winless but also undefeated. This week we face Victory in the 13th Melbourne Derby at Etihad Stadium in front of what is expected to be a sell-out crowd. City fans will accept nothing but three points and will hope players like Villa and Duff will have more room to operate as Victory leave gaps due to their intent to attack.

Melbourne City VS Newcastle Jets | Match preview

Last Saturday night’s game in Sydney was a bit of a roller coaster ride with the first half going City’s way, then the second half going Sydney’s way. It was great seeing David Villa come on and score in the later part of the game, which raised a few questions during the week on social media feeds: if Villa had been on for the first half would we have had a few goals and a win? You can catch our full review of City’s round 1 game by Hakan, here.

Stats VS Newcastle Jets (W/D/L): 4/2/6
Our record at AAMI Park (W/D/L): 19/16/19
(Stats taken from Ultimate A-League web site)

Newcastle Jets had a hard F3 Derby battle in the opening round, struggling to get that ball in the back of the net and then having Central Coast Mariners steal the match in injury time. Jets brought in some good players during the off season, but this could be said for most of the teams. After last Saturday’s loss they will be certainly looking for a win and some goals.

The great news for City is that we have a few good players coming into our 18 man squad. We will hopefully finally see our marquee player Robert Koren playing this Sunday. Along with Koren, Williams and Hoffman are back in the mix. Hoffman will most likely get his right back spot back, so can expect to see him in the starting line up and it might be good having Williams on the bench, last year he did get some good goals as a substitute. The biggest question on everyone’s mind has been will David Villa be in the starting line up? JVS has indicated he will be.

I cannot wait for Sunday with over 9,000 members now and David Villa playing…will we see our biggest home crowd ever, outside of the Melbourne derby? I hope so. Make sure you come along and bring your friends. Newcastle will not be a walk over, but I can feel a win in the air.

Go City!

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Melbourne City FC Squad list for this match:
1.Andrew REDMAYNE (GK)
3.Robbie WIELAERT
5.Erik PAARTALU
6.Aaron MOOY
7.Iain RAMSAY
8.Massimo MURDOCCA
9.David VILLA
10.Robert KOREN
11.Damien DUFF
14.James BROWN
15.David WILLIAMS
17.Jason HOFFMAN
18.Paulo RETRE
20.Tando VELAPHI (GK)
23.Mate DUGANDZIC
24.Patrick KISNORBO (C)
26.Marc MARINO
27.Ross ARCHIBALD

***two to be omitted***
Ins:
10.Robert KOREN (promoted)
15.David WILLIAMS (promoted)
17.Jason HOFFMAN (returns from suspension)
Outs:
25.Jacob MELLING (not selected)
Unavailable:
4.Connor Chapman (glandular fever – ongoing)
13.Jonatan Germano (2-5 weeks)
19.Benjamin GARUCCIO (2-5 weeks)
21.Stefan Mauk (returning from Young Socceroos duty)