Melbourne City coach John van ‘t Schip says his side pulled off their anti-Brisbane Roar plan perfectly in their 3-1 win at Suncorp Stadium on Saturday night.
He was not getting too carried away with celebrating the first win under the rebranded club’s new moniker, however, saying the current record of five points from five games needed to be built upon.
City came out swinging and a pair of goals before the 10 minute mark to David Williams and Mate Dugandzic, and that early buffer allowed them to pressurise the defending champions, according to van ‘t Schip.
“It was important to try to press where possible and also hurt them when we recovered the ball,” he said.
“And we were fortunate to do that very quick in the game and after that of course we knew that the pressure would build and that Brisbane would keep more possession.
“And that’s what they did, but I think all game the boys worked very well and closed down spaces for Brisbane to play their game, and we kept being dangerous in some breaks that we had.”
The match was the first for City since the departure of their much-hyped guest player David Villa, and van ‘t Schip maintained his side were unlucky not to have picked up a win while the Spanish star was in the team.
“We had a lot of attention and publicity with the arrival of David Villa, and we all enjoyed that he was with us.
“We played good games with David, but we were not clinical in a lot of those games.
“But you also know, and that’s what happens also with Brisbane, that the belief and the confidence, it’s a hard thing to keep on doing the things you believe in.”
The Dutch manager also had some words of consolation for the struggling Roar.
“It counts for us and it counts for Brisbane as well. The philosophy and the vision that they have, they will come out of this situation,” he said.
“We have to look at ourselves.
“We’ve had just the one win and we have to build on this.”