"We are lucky": City boss says team must improve to make finals
They may have left ANZ Stadium with all three points but Melbourne City head coach Rado Vidosic says his side were simply not good enough to deserve it.
Goals from Tameka Butt and Adriana Jones overcame an early Georgia Yeoman-Dale strike to bring City level on points with fourth-placed Perth Glory in what was a tough encounter.
According to Vidosic however, the margin should not have been so close.
“[I’m] happy with the result but unfortunately not happy with our performance, we must do much better,” Vidosic told Fox Sports post-game.
“In both halves we didn’t play the way that we can play, we didn’t move the ball quickly enough, we didn’t create enough chances and I think at the end of the day we are lucky to get three points.”
Despite being in a strong position to qualify for their fourth successive Westfield W-League finals campaign, the City boss said his side will have to continue treating every game like their season depends on it.
“Last week we said we have six grand finals before the semi-finals so we are treating every game as a grand final and we must win otherwise we are going to miss out,” he said.
“The competition is very strong this year, I think now we have four or five teams competing for that first and second spot so we have to treat every game as a grand final from now on.”
City striker Jasmyne Spencer reinforced her coach’s message as they prepare for a massive Melbourne Derby next week.
The American had a goal called back for offside and called on her teammates to put their heads down and keep working.
“We knew it was going to be a tough game coming in, this league has been so competitive from the start and it’s a big three points for us today,” Spencer said.
“The sport can be frustrating for sure but the point is you keep pushing until the final whistle….we are treating every game from here like it’s the grand final.”