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Rampant Roar humiliates City


Brisbane Roar coach Ruben Zadkovich has warned his rivals his side will only improve after exacting revenge on Melbourne City in remarkable fashion at Suncorp Stadium.

Beaten 8-1 by City at AAMI Park less than seven weeks ago, the Roar went on a rampage on Saturday night with a 5-1 home win over the shell-shocked Melbourne side.

A brace from Thomas Waddingham was complemented by simple goals from Kai Trewin, Jay O’Shea and Keegan Jelacic as the Roar – who had not tasted victory since January 14 – won for the first time under the leadership of the recently appointed Zadkovich.

“The scary thing is, I don’t really think we were at our best,” Zadkovich told Paramount+.

“In front of goal we were obviously very clinical, which is great, but in that middle third there are definitely moments of transition that we can exploit.

“There are so many areas to improve… (but) the credit goes to the players. They were fantastic. »

For City – who led 5-0 before scoring a consolation goal through substitute Terry Antonis – the embarrassing defeat was their fourth defeat in five matches and further evidence of their defensive shortcomings, with the Aurelio Vidmar-coached side having conceded nine goals in his past. two games.

This is anything but the form City need to be in ahead of next Saturday’s derby against Melbourne Victory.

“It was a pretty poor effort,” Vidmar said.

“We lost a lot of games, we gave up some sloppy goals early and we just struggled in the face of a little adversity.

“We are not present at certain stages… it is very difficult to take. It’s disappointing for everyone

“We can’t (just) move forward. We have to analyze it and try to improve as we do every week.

“The process is absolutely the same. We go into a big game (against Victory) with a terrible performance like that.

The visitors also struggled in attack, with City skipper Jamie Maclaren’s goal drought extending to a sixth game.

Socceroos winger Marco Tilio has made his first appearance for City since joining the club on loan from Scottish giants Celtic.

However, like the rest of his teammates, he made virtually no impact after being substituted in the 58th minute.

Frenzy in the first half

The home side got off to a dream start, taking the lead in the second minute thanks to an unlikely Trewin feed.

The 22-year-old defender scored his first goal in 95 A-League appearances, heading in an O’Shea corner that had been taken at the near post by Jelacic.

Trewin almost scored again in the 14th minute with another header which hit the post.

However, the Roar were not to be denied on the half-hour mark, doubling their lead through teenage striker Thomas Waddingham, who got between City defenders Jordon Hall and Scott Galloway to catch a near-post cross from winger Nikola Mileusnic.

Worse was to come for a shell-shocked City three minutes later when Roar’s star midfielder O’Shea took advantage of too much space given to him to increase his side’s lead to 3- 0 with a long-range strike that was too good for former Brisbane goalkeeper Jamie Young.

Incredibly, the Roar scored a fourth goal in the 39th minute, again from distance, this time from Jelacic.

It was also too much for one City fan, who launched a verbal tirade at the Melbourne club’s players as they left the field for the half-time break.

And the supporter had even more reason to be angry about a minute after half-time when the impressive Waddingham scored his second and the Roar’s fifth with a powerful strike after dispossessing the former City Socceroos defender , Curtis Good.

Antonis scored in the 73rd minute for City, but it was little more than a consolation goal for the outclassed Melbourne side.

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