Short time, but a good time

September 25, 2017

Away days: Melbourne City's active support group Melburnians made the drive to Shepparton to watch their side play.

Starstruck: Zac Bathman was in awe of Melbourne City's Tim Cahill on Friday night.

Side by side: Some of the Goulburn Valley's budding stars walked out with both sides on Friday night.

No one fan: Melbourne City defender Roun Tongyik stops to take a photo with City's biggest fan Jaycob Kerambrun

That is not fireworks: Following a hugely successful night security was forced to put out a flare someone had let off.

It was short and sweet for Melbourne City and Warren Joyce with the head honcho lauding the Shepparton trip as a huge success.

The A-League outfit capped two days’ worth of school clinics across Shepparton with a comfortable victory over Western Sydney Wanderers on Friday night.

“The facilities are fantastic, it was a good night, good atmosphere and we have had a big couple of days here in Shepparton,” Joyce said.

“The community stuff has been fantastic with kids up here, it has been an enjoyable couple of days, and then we had a good result and good atmosphere here tonight — probably the best atmosphere we have had at any game this pre-season.”

However, with just two weeks until the A-League season begins, the hard taskmaster still demanded a little more of his players despite the 1-0 victory.

“There were times where we retained the ball quite well,” Joyce said.

“There were not a lot of opportunities to score which is disappointing … We need to work on fluidity and getting the boys to understand each other a little more and know where each other are when we are moving forward.”

With international football, injuries and a monitored pre-season Joyce was still looking to get the required minutes into players such as Polish attacking midfielder Marcin Budzinski.

“There are some lads we are looking to build up, there are players that need more than others but we are working on that ahead of round one,” Joyce said.

“He has done okay tonight considering he has not been training at the football club.”

Daniel Arzani, who scored the game’s only goal, was praised by Joyce as a potential game changer for City.

“He (Arzani) is a talent, he has ability and natural flair that all coaches like,” Joyce said.

“He has pace and X-factor but he has got to work on the old nuts and bolts of becoming a professional footballer.”

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