Clisby keen to heap more misery on Melbourne Victory

Melbourne City defender Jack Clisby said the team was capable of adding to Melbourne Victory's woes after the A-League's defending champions slumped to a third straight loss midweek.

A-League Rd 2 - Melbourne Victory v Melbourne City FC

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Clisby told The World Game he and the City players were keen to get another crack at Victory after the way their round-two clash ended, with Besart Berisha scoring a 90th-minute winner for Victory after City had fought back from 2-0 down to 2-2.

The two teams will clash at AAMI Park on Saturday night with City having won their last three games to go above Victory on the table. City are third and Victory, which lost 1-0 to Perth Glory in a deferred match on Wednesday, are fourth.

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"I played in that match early in the season and it was an unfortunate loss at the end there, which was pretty hard to take," Clisby said. "A bit of revenge, we're out to try and get back at them this weekend.

"We obviously have a score to settle with them. It was a disappointing end to the game the last time and that hurt a lot of the boys, especially after the way we had reacted in the second half.

"We came from two goals down to level it up and to lose that way in the end, you just want to get back out there and turn the tables and redeem that. I expect it's going to be a great game."

Left-back Clisby, who joined City from Perth Glory midway through last season, has faced Victory right-winger Kosta Barbarouses several times in his career and will no doubt do so again on Saturday. It is always a difficult challenge, but one Clisby said he relished.

"He's a very good player and a very tricky dribbler, so it's going to be a tough game," he said. "But I've got full confidence in my ability to mark him and I think it's the same for us across the whole spectrum of the pitch.

"I mean, I'd back every one of our players against theirs, so we're going to be rocking up on the day and we're going to give it a right go."

Victory have won the last three derby games to establish the longest winning streak of either team in these clashes. They won 3-0 in the last regular-season clash of last season and 3-0 in a semi-final before the 3-2 win earlier this season. But Clisby is not fazed by that trend.

"Anything can happen on derby day," he said. "Things can so quickly change on the day for either team. They're great games to be a part of and I can't wait for this next one.

"We're just keeping our heads down at training and working towards playing how we know we can play. We know we're good enough to win the game, so bring on Saturday."

Clisby said that while confidence in their ability as individual players and belief in the ability of the team as a whole was something the City players all had, they did not stray into the area of over-confidence and weren't getting carried away by their three-game winning streak.

"It's definitely good to be a part of it, there's no better feeling than winning," he said. "The momentum we're building up now is very good for the boys and hopefully we can keep going in that direction.

"But we haven't won anything yet, so we're not getting ahead of ourselves. We've just got to stay focused and keep pushing forward and trying to get more wins. Our big aim is obviously to win things at the end of the season, there are no trophies on offer now.
"We're a humble bunch of guys, we know we've got to stay focused. We've been able to string some consistency together and that's what (club owners) the City Football Group have been pushing for us to do. We were getting a good result and then following it with a bad result.

"Now we're starting to get some solid wins together and a lot of goals scored as well and not too many conceded recently.

"Our key players are really stepping up this season. We've got the top goal-scorer in Bruno Fornaroli and everyone knows how good Aaron Mooy has been for us, so our big players are really making their mark.

"It's disappointing to lose (central defender) Connor Chapman for a while with a knee injury, but we've got a lot of depth in the squad and even with all the injuries we've had this season there's always someone to cover.

"I really feel for Connor because he was in really good form for us and was hoping to be in the Olyroos for some big games coming up there as well, but it could have been worse.

"He could have done an ACL and been out for the rest of the season, but he'll be back and we'll look forward to that." 


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Published 17 December 2015 at 12:18pm