Van't Schip praises City mentality

Melbourne City coach John van’t Schip praised his side’s mentality following their 3-1 win over reigning champions Brisbane Roar on Saturday night.

City were up 2-0 inside the first ten minutes thanks to goals from David Williams and Mate Dugandzic before Brandon Borrello pulled one back on 67 minutes.

But City held firm and were able to score a third goal through Marc Marino, his first in the A-League, to seal their first three points of the 2014-15 season.

Van’t Schip was pleased with his side’s performance and the substitutes that came on late on to seal the deal.

“(It’s) always difficult playing up here and both teams have had a difficult start,” van’t Schip said. “So it was important, knowing Brisbane where at home, try to press where possible and also hurt them when we recovered the ball.

“We were very fortunate to do that quick in the game and after that we knew the pressure would build and Brisbane would contain more possession.

“All of the game the boys worked very well and closed down a lot of spaces for Brisbane to play their game and we kept being dangerous.

“After the 2-1 there were was a shaky moments but bringing in the two subs helped us and we got more energy and we could play the game out after the 3-1.”

City managed to pick up their first win of the season in the only game that guest player David Villa has not featured in after the Spanish international flew back to New York.

“We had a lot of attention and publicity with the arrival of David Villa and we all enjoyed that he was with us,” van’t Schip said.

“You can’t blame one player, we played good games with David but we were not clinical in a lot those games.

“Today we played one of our games if you look at the football we want to play we want to play different kind of football of course but that’s something we have to build towards.”

Aaron Mooy was one of the standouts for City but will miss next week’s clash against Central Coast Mariners after being called up by Ange Postecoglou for the Socceroos.

“Aaron is playing very good,” he said. “He’s played five games and he’s giving balance to the team with his passing but also his defensive work.

“I’m happy that he got a call-up from Postecoglou for the national team so hopefully he gets some game time there as well.

“We will miss him next week but I’m happy for him because he deserves to play for the national team.”