Player Ratings: Perth Glory 0 Melbourne City 2 – Young guns pile...

Player Ratings: Perth Glory 0 Melbourne City 2 – Young guns pile more misery on Kenny

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Ross McCormack’s brace was enough for Melbourne City to defeat Perth Glory 2-0 on Tuesday night.

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Perth Glory

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.

Substitutes

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.

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Melbourne City

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.

Substitutes

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.

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