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Van 't Schip slams City A-League effort

  • Van 't Schip slams City A-League effort

Melbourne City coach John van 't Schip says his side's second-half fade-out against Western Sydney was the worst effort he's seen in his time at the A-League club.

City's roller-coaster season came thumping down to earth once more on Friday with a brutal 3-0 thrashing from the Wanderers.

Without skipper Patrick Kisnorbo and talisman Aaron Mooy, City were second-best but still on terms at half-time.

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After the break, they played like a team that had just met and for the second time in as many weeks at their home ground, City shipped three second-half goals to lose, and lose badly.

Van 't Schip, who has coached the club for more than 100 matches, offered a damning verdict on what he'd just seen.

"It was our worst performance I think since I'm coach here, at a home game at least," he said.

"You could clearly see we were different kinds of units, we were trying to do things but not really together."

The Dutchman was brave enough to take the result on the chin and responsibility for the poor effort.

"We were clearly not ready," he said.

"We were late in our forward defending ... we were outplayed in the midfield.

"I could continue but it's my responsibility, it was a poor performance from our side and poor performance from me."

He's also taken responsibility to put it right.

"I'm confident, it's important that we're all confident," he said.

"Not only me because I can't do it on my own.

"We have to go back to the drawing board and the pitch and work hard."

It could be worse before it gets better for City, with the club's ever-present injury toll showing no signs of diminishing.

While Ivan Franjic could contend for the club's next-up trip to Brisbane, Patrick Kisnorbo (calf) and David Williams (knee) could still be missing after picking up injuries in training.

Without Mooy against the Wanderers, van 't Schip conceded their performance left the club open to criticisms of being a one-man band.

"If you look today then I think you're not far from the truth."

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