Melbourne City coach John van ’t Schip dismissed questions about his squad’s desire after failing to kill off Perth Glory in Tuesday night’s 3-3 draw at AAMI Park.
City coughed up leads on three occasions as their winless run stretches to four matches, leaving the early-season favourites 11 points adrift of leaders Sydney FC.
“I’m not going to say the effort wasn’t there. The effort was there,” van ’t Schip told Fox Sports.
“But we didn’t do certain things good that we know we have to if we want to play this kind of game. There I think we let ourselves down a bit.
“They had to run more than we actually wanted to because it was that open in the first half and that’s something we have to look at.
“It’s a disappointing result for us. We want to win, we need to win this game but in the end it is what it is and we have to move on.”
While frustrated with City’s inability to convert their chances, van ’t Schip did praise his side for gaining more control of the contest after half-time.
“We missed a big opportunity to go ahead 3-1 and then we were sleeping (on Perth’s) break, and instead of 3-1 it’s 2-2,” he said.
“The second half was a lot better, more organised. We were controlling the game more.
“You can still win the game 4-3 (through Fornaroli’s penalty). But still after that Perth looked very dangerous on the counter as well.”