Melbourne City remain undefeated as they claim all three points against the Newcastle Jets at AAMI Park
Melbourne City know how to control a game
The absolute finesse of Melbourne City was on show tonight, with Rado Vidosic’s side bossing all over the park.
City’s passing game was on a completely different level. Over and over again, City’s passes hit feet accurately and split the defence perfectly, leaving Newcastle's defenders chasing shadows.
Agonizingly for the Jets, the pass count, passing accuracy and possession statistics were all heavily in favour of Melbourne City.
Their early goal set them up well and established the pace for the remainder of the game – and Newcastle struggled to keep up.
City’s defence was top-notch too. They’ve now played over 500 minutes of football without conceding a goal and are the only side undefeated this season so far.
Throughout the 90 minutes of the match, Melbourne City were totally in control of the game. They’re an exciting team to watch, with many people backing them to take it all the way this season.
City are just so good. The system allows them to play beyond the sum of their parts and when that sum is already so fucken high, it spells trouble for everyone else #MCYvNEW— Taryn Heddo (@theddo96) January 18, 2020
Milica Mijatovic is something special
Mijatovic brings something special to Melbourne City.
Her pace and spectacular attacking abilities add a spark to City’s offense, and she was the life of the game against the Jets tonight.
Mijatovic opened the scoring with an absolute belter. A cross from Kyah Simon found the feet of Mijatovic in the middle – she took a touch to her right before blasting the ball into the back of the net.
Her strike rate is better than a goal in every two games, but scoring goals isn’t Mijatovic’s only forte.
The 28-year-old was also involved in a majority of City’s build-up, running through the middle of the park and creating chances for her teammates.
She’s been an important part of Melbourne’s line-up so far this season, and we can expect more of the same from Mijatovic for the remainder of the season.
.@mijatovicmilica with a curler to put @MelbourneCity in front.#MCYvNEW #WLeague— Westfield W-League (@WLeague) January 18, 2020
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Mijatovic has been such a great find for City. just goes to show that the NWSL doesn't have a lock on quality international players. if only more #WLeague clubs maximised their scouting networks to find more Mijatovics and bring them here! #MCYvNEW— Samantha Lewis (@battledinosaur) January 18, 2020
Newcastle are their own worst enemy
Newcastle couldn’t get the ball out of their half for the majority of the match, and nothing seemed to be going their way.
They couldn’t make their passes stick. More often than not, Newcastle found the feet of opposition players instead of their own, and Melbourne City were quick to nip in and steal the ball soon after their first touch.
City’s press forced a number of mistakes from Newcastle, and even in the brief periods when they had the ball, they simply didn’t look likely to score.
Newcastle had a limited number of attacking opportunities, with nine shots in the game and only a 22% shooting accuracy. Although it's fair to say they had more opportunities as the game went on, it wasn't enough to get a result out of the match.
Their saving grace was their defence, which worked hard to close down a talented City attack as well as they could.
It’s almost impossible for the Jets to be playing finals football in the coming weeks, but they'll strive hard to win another game or two between now and the end of the season.