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Melbourne City FC
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Melbourne City have defeated the Brisbane Roar at AAM park to open Round 13 of the A-League.
City are slowly but surely working themselves into championship contention after a slow start to the year and the Roar are wallowing in a season of misery.
Those patterns were continued tonight after a cagey first half where the home side had all the ball and control yet were unable to score.
Not long after the break, Ritchie De Laet found the net after a perfect ball into the box and the Roar hearts appeared broken for the umpteenth week in succession.
To their credit, the visitors did come back late in the game, as they do so often, and threatened to breach Eugene Galekovic’s goal.
Henrique was the main impetus late in the game and he and Adam Taggart did their best to pull the one goal deficit back but the City defence held firm, as it has done all season.
Once again Melbourne City keep a clean sheet and the Brisbane Roar slump to a disheartening loss.
No surprises there, yet there were signs of improved attack late in the game from the Roar and City will also need to do more with the ball if they are to match the teams in the top six come semi-final time.
Melbourne City 1
Brisbane Roar 0
Melbourne City and Brisbane Roar meet in Round 13 A-League action at AAMI Park. Join The Roar for live scores and commentary from 7:50pm (AEDT).
Things have started to look a lot better for Melbourne City in recent weeks.
After two consecutive wins they now sit hot on the heels of both Sydney FC and Melbourne Victory with a game in hand.
With a win against the Roar tonight the men in blue will build further confidence as they enter the second half of the season.
Conceding just ten goals has been the key for City and despite struggling to score at times, their defensive effort has kept them well and truly in the hunt for a top-six position.
Warren Joyce has continued to back his decisions and appears to have been validated to this point in the season.
For Brisbane, things are considerably different. With just one win and seven losses from 12 matches, there is very little to celebrate north of the border.
A manager has departed and despite some positive signs over the last two matches, the results are yet to turn under Darren Davies.
The Roar snatched defeat from the jaws of victory against the Glory last week as they fell away with 10 men to eventually lose 4-2 to the ladder leaders and were a little lucky just a few days earlier when they scrapped a point against the Jets in Newcastle.
There does appear to be enough talent in the Roar squad to turn around their current form, however, it has been a long time in waiting and as the losses build, as does the pressure on the squad and questions around their resilience.
City welcome back Rostyn Griffiths and Dario Vidosic for this match and the mysterious absence of central defender Luke Devere is over for the Roar.
He has been named in the squad along with Tobias Mikkelsen who appears to have been out of favour in recent times.
Having fingered City as early favourites for the title, I am not shocked as to how well they are building and playing. There is a depth in their squad unrivalled by other A-League teams.
At home against an opponent lacking confidence, it is hard to see them letting the points slip. It is also hard to see Brisbane breaching their defence.
Melbourne City 2, Brisbane Roar 0
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Where: AAMI Park, Melbourne
When: Friday 11th January 2019, 7:50pm (AEDT)
TV: Fox Sports
Betting: Melbourne City $1.57, Draw $3.75, Brisbane Roar $6.50
1.Mark Birighitti (Gk), 2.Ritchie De Laet, 3.Scott Jamieson (C) , 4.Harrison Delbridge, 5.Bart Schenkeveld, 6.Osama Malik, 7.Rostyn Griffiths, 8.Riley Mcgree, 10.Dario Vidosic, 13.Nathaniel Atkinson, 15.Kearyn Baccus, 18.Eugene Galekovic (Gk), 19.Lachlan Wales, 21.Ramy Najjarine, 22.Curtis Good, 26.Luke Brattan, 34.Connor Metcalfe, 36.Dylan Pierias
1.Brendan White (Gk), 2.Dane Ingham, 3.Luke Devere, 7.Thomas Kristensen, 8.Jacob Pepper, 9.Adam Taggart, 11.Eric Bautheac, 14.Alex Lopez, 15.Stefan Nigro, 17.Matt Mckay (C), 19.Jack Hingert, 21.Jamie Young (Gk), 22.Tobias Mikkelsen, 23.Dylan Wenzel-Halls, 24.Connor O’Toole, 26.Nick D’agostino, 33.Henrique, 34.Aaron Reardon