City confident ahead of A-League finals
- Author: Ernesto Newman Apr 20, 2017,
Apr 20, 2017, 0:10
Michael Valkanis' side, then under former coach John van't Schip, recorded a 3-2 loss and a 3-3 draw late previous year before falling 5-4 in Sunday's rollercoaster final-round meeting in Perth.
Perth Glory goalkeeper Liam Reddy showed exactly why he doesn't play outfield, as his poor control led to Melbourne City netting an open goal.
Melbourne City are still picking their jaws up from the pitch after the "crazy game" that ended their home-and-away A-League season in disappointment.
The madness appeared to have peaked as the A-League clash between Perth Glory and Melbourne City entered the 90th minute.
Perth needed to win by four goals to jump City on the ladder and secure a home final.
In-form winger Nick Fitzgerald said it was impossible to deny the motivation of another derby.
"Hopefully they do that again because we've got goals from all angles at the moment".
"I don't think we can upstage AFL, (that) is number one in Australian football and that's very clear".
Another derby meeting would be the fifth this year after three league meetings and an FFA Cup semi-final.
"Sometimes you come across some teams that just suit your style of play and Melbourne City certainly have seemed to do that this season".
While those fixtures have had their fair share of goals and drama, they had nothing on Sunday night's match at nib Stadium.
That said, the Glory aren't taking too much tactical analysis from Sunday's "mental" match, preferring to leave the nine-goal thriller as a one-off and utilise it as a momentum and confidence builder.
City were on the brink of losing their home final while trailing 4-1 but responded to reduce the deficit.
"It's hard to deny the disappointment".
"We are here to try to win", Fornaroli said.
He said he'd trade a free-scoring game for a clean sheet.
A more defensive encounter is expected this time around after both teams chased big wins last week.
The outrageous affair was described by brace-scorer Tim Cahill as a "mess", but City coach Michael Valkanis declared his side had only "lost the battle, not the war". The game got off to a dramatic start with the hosts opening from the penalty spot inside the first five minutes.