Scott Jamieson “pleasantly surprised” by brilliant Bart Schenkeveld

Scott Jamieson “pleasantly surprised” by brilliant Bart Schenkeveld

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Scott Jamieson says he is “pleasantly surprised” by Bart Schenkeveld’s incredible early form with Melbourne City.

The Dutch centre-half has enjoyed a brilliant start to life at City and was dubbed man of the match against Western Sydney Wanderers on Sunday night.

“I, like many people, didn’t know enough about him (Schenkeveld) … I read about his history and his ACL injuries,” Jamieson said.

“He came here and he took time to adapt … he’s been probably a nose in front of Iacopo in how good he’s been.

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“He’s so athletically strong, he never misses a beat there, and with the ball he’s been good coming out with it.

“I’ve been really happy, really pleasantly surprised with how things have gone and I think he’ll get better.”

Schenkeveld signed for City during the offseason break from PEC Zwolle and has gone on to play every minute for the club in the opening six rounds of A-League action.

He has formed a formidable defensive partnership with Iacopo La Rocca, breached only three times.

The pair were again astute in the 1-1 draw against Josep Gombau’s Wanderers.

Jamieson told a media conference on Monday that attentions have now turned to finding the back of the net with greater regularity.

Despite creating a catalogue of opportunities, it took a Ross McCormack penalty to earn City a share of the spoils after half time.

“I think Bart and Iacopo were fantastic again … they’ve been the two most consistent performers for us throughout the season,” the left-back said.

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“They’re just getting better and better as a partnership.

“I feel we’ve really tightened things up at the back and it’s about finding that balance now of scoring goals.

“Last night was a really positive step towards doing that because we controlled large parts of the game and we created a fair few chances.

“Looking upon last night and to next week, we can build a lot.”

City face wounded Brisbane Roar at Suncorp Stadium in a quick turnaround on Friday night.

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