Melbourne City coach Patrick Kisnorbo has praised the work ethic of star striker Jamie Maclaren after he broke yet another goalscoring record.
Maclaren’s second-half double took his tally to 25 for the season and ultimately made him Melbourne City’s all-time leading goalscorer with 58, leaping Bruno Fornaroli who owned the previous record of 57.
Kisnorbo said Maclaren has evolved as a striker, with his positioning and ability to find the net continuing to improve, despite winning the Golden Boot last season.
“He’s brought goals,” Kisnorbo said.
“What Jamie has improved on and what I’ve seen over the years is his work ethic and his positioning to get into the box where maybe last year it was a bit different.
“For me it’s the goals and where he’s scoring is the difference in how he’s scoring, you don’t really see him score from the 18-yard box and you see a great shot – it’s the work ethic that gets him in the positions that he needs to get to.”
City were able to withstand a plucky Adelaide outfit who brought the heat early in the second half, cutting their lead in half within minutes of the restart.
Kisnorbo described the game as a “weird one” and one where City weren’t at their best.
“I thought we were a bit off tonight,” Kisnorbo said.
“Passes weren’t sticking, they forced us into a lot of turnovers which obviously we need to improve in that area so I think we were off our usual self tonight.”
A torn Achilles tendon forced Kisnorbo to miss City’s last two games before Thursday. (Photo by Graham Denholm/Getty Images)Source:Getty Images
Andrew Nabbout went down with a nasty left-leg injury in the first half which had the winger in severe discomfort as he came from the ground.
City officials believe he suffered an adductor injury but the star will undergo scans on Friday to confirm the extent of the damage.
On the other hand, Adelaide United have now gone five games without a win as they jostle for a place inside the top six heading into the business end of the season.
Their coach Carl Veart said his side had “good control” of the game but were punished for their mistakes and couldn’t make the most of their foray back into the game.
“Melbourne City are a very good side and they have that quality where they’ll punish you if you make a mistake,” Veart said.
“I thought we had good control of the game, we were playing the game on our terms and the smallest details cost us.
“We were pushing to get that equaliser and the boys were playing really well and the effort was excellent – we turned the ball over in the middle of the park and some ordinary defending cost us.
“The football we are playing is good but it’s just the small details.”
Veart expects to be without goalkeeper Joe Gauci, who sustained a quad injury in the warm-up, for the side’s clash with Brisbane on Sunday.
Gauci will have scans on Friday to determine the injury’s severity.
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