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City's scars have healed: coach

  • City's scars have healed: coach

Melbourne City's mental scars have healed, coach John van 't Schip says.

City's 4-2 away drubbing of Adelaide United on Thursday night not only banked a precious A-League win but was also the perfect remedy after a week of soul-searching.

Van 't Schip entered the match demanding a response from his players to the week prior, when they blew a 2-0 halftime lead to lose 3-2 to Newcastle.

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And he got it.

"This was a massive game for us," he said after the Adelaide win.

"It's still the beginning of the season but after last week and the way we lost, this was important for the group mentally to get over that.

"Adelaide away we all know is a very hard game and difficult to get a result. So all credit goes to the boys that put in a great effort and got the three points."

City were again sparked by Aaron Mooy's midfield creativity - he set up Eric Paartalu's headed opener and then scored the second himself.

Uruguayan revelation Bruno Fornaroli then potted a second-half brace to continue an impressive start to his A-League career - five goals in five games.

While Van 't Schip was rapt with Fornaroli's scoring spree, he was more impressed with the attacker's overall team-orientated package.

"Bruno is important for us - he's fighting, he's holding up, he's chasing, pressing and of course, what is also important is, he's scoring goals," van 't Schip said.

"He's a great guy, the boys love him, and he's working for a good result every training, every game.

"The energy that he brings is very important, and that passes on to other players.

"Yeah, I'm happy for him that he scored two goals and of course for a striker that is important.

"But we know that even if he doesn't score goals, he can link up, he's bringing other players also into positions to score and that is as important."

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