Ross McCormack’s brace was enough for Melbourne City to defeat Perth Glory 2-0 on Tuesday night.
Liam Reddy – 6: Had little chance to stop Ross McCormack’s free kick and was sent the wrong way by the striker’s penalty. Did make a strong late stop against Nick Fitzgerald.
Scott Neville – 5.5: Did not find much space to overlap in front of Jacob Italiano, however, his side was the more secure of the Perth back four.
Xavi Torres – 6: Better when moved into the midfield. Had a headed chance on the end of Diego Castro’s cross and stung the hands of Bouzanis with a second half strike.
Alex Grant – 5.5: Was booked early in the second half, but kept a high line which nullified McCormack outside of set pieces.
Jeremy Walker – 5: Let his side down in an attacking sense with some poor crossing and could muster little resistance against Daniel Arzani.
Jacob Italiano – 6.5: Was not afraid to run at the Melbourne defenders with the ball at his feet, yet at key moments was lacking a fellow target to finish the move.
Jake Brimmer – 5: Did little to create attacking momentum for Perth and was replaced after half-time.
Andreu – 5: Judged to have fouled Arzani inside the box and added little to Perth’s hopes of scoring.
Diego Castro – 6: Curled a first half shot just over the bar and sent a free kick straight at Dean Bouzanis. Had a lot of the ball in the second half, but the killer touch was lacking.
Adam Taggart – 5.5: His speed and passing were good, however, he faced a stiff challenged in the form of Bart Schenkeveld when trying to break into the box. Substituted in the 72nd minute.
Andy Keogh – 6: Showed much more attacking intent than in recent outings, moving into the box quickly and looking to link up with Castro. Unfortunately was only really presented with half-chances.
Walter Scott – 5.5: The youngster made his A-League debut in challenging circumstances.
Chris Harold – 5.5: Perth’s attack became more fluid on the pitch with his introduction, but he could not create a breakthrough.
Dean Bouzanis – 6: Stayed calm when the likes of Keogh and Castro came running forward, while also making a confident parry against Torres. Key to the result as Perth controlled possession after the break.
Michael Jakobsen – 6: Was up to the challenge presented by Italiano out wide.
Bart Schenkeveld – 6.5: Constantly frustrated Taggart during the contest and held firm when the pressure really started building from the opposition in the last 10 minutes.
Harrison Delbridge – 6: A composed starting XI debut for the defender, who kept up with the fast pace of the match even while the Glory created a number of late chances.
Scott Jamieson – 5: Sent a second half shot into the stands and had a hard time overall making an impact with Italiano on the same wing.
Osama Malik – 6: Will not create any headlines, but used his physicality with typical expertise to frustrate Perth, although he visibly ran low on fuel in the closing minutes.
Luke Brattan – 5.5: Booked for a harsh challenge on Keogh in the first half and was rather anonymous during the latter stages when the hosts grew in confidence.
Nathaniel Atkinson – 7.5: A tireless showing full of promising signs behind fellow youngster Arzani. Broke up the Glory’s attacks and fed the ball forward for teammates.
Dario Vidosic – 6.5: Particularly strong in the first 20 minutes or so and looks to have rediscovered some flair since joining the Victorians. Replaced by Fitzgerald.
Daniel Arzani – 8: Earned both the free kick and contentious penalty which were put away by McCormack. Was also a headache for the Perth defence by himself, dribbling at numerous opponents with confidence.
Ross McCormack – 8.5: Gave City an early advantage with a wicked curling free kick, before adding a second from the spot before half-time. Somewhat lost in the shuffle after half-time as Perth had most of the attacking momentum.
Nick Fitzgerald – 5.5: Forced an impressive save from Reddy during his time on the pitch and narrowly missed another attempt.
Manny Muscat – 5.5: Made his physical presence known as City held on for the three points.
Marcin Budzinski – N/A: Only played the final minutes.