City’s 'team spirit' shone through in Melbourne Derby win over Victory: Joyce

Warren Joyce was delighted with the “spirit” shown by his  City in their gritty 2-1 Melbourne Derby win over Victory on Saturday night at Etihad Stadium, in front of over 35,000 fans.

The City coach has a first Melbourne Derby win in only his second game in charge.

Super-sub Marcin Budzinski smashed a stunning goal on the stroke of halftime and Bruce Kamau iced it with a winner on transition to consign Victory to  a second defeat in as many weeks after Leroy George had equalised for the Big V. 

“There was good spirit about the boys. We had a game plan and in the first half we stuck at it,” Joyce told Fox Sports.

However the City coach bemoaned a lack of discipline at times.

“For five or ten minutes we were under the cosh, but the defenders withheld any threats but a tremendous spirit from the boys.

“And we knew what a good side Melbourne Victory are.

“We didn’t want to come here and get bullied. We wanted to put a show on for our fans, that they would be proud of supporting the team.

“And we had that tonight.”

Nick Fitzgerald of Melbourne City (right)
Nick Fitzgerald of Melbourne City (right)

In-form City winger Nick Fitzgerald wasn’t getting too ahead of himself after two assists on the night and a 100% record for his side. 

“Delighted with the result but we were holding on a bit at the end. But they [Victory] are a quality team and they’ll be right up there again this season.

“But our work rate this season has been unbelievable,” he told Fox Sports.