Melbourne City’s five-goal haul against Adelaide United has given them belief they can find avenues to goal other than through Scottish star Ross McCormack.
City netted in excess of two goals for the first time this A-League season at AAMI Park on Sunday afternoon.
Dario Vidosic and Marcin Budzinski netted doubles, while McCormack himself found the scoresheet once more.
Before Sunday’s game, McCormack had netted six of City’s last seven goals, and overall 13 of their 20 this season.
McCormack played only 23 minutes off the bench, replacing Daniel Arzani.
Though the Aston Villa man scored, boss Warren Joyce was pleased to see his other charges find the goal.
Both Budzinski and Vidosic filled in up front in a 4-4-2 formation.
“Goals change people’s perception, if you get a couple of goals up, people play with a little bit more freedom and express themselves a little more,” he told a media conference.
“We’ve never had that luxury this season, I don’t think we’ve won a game by more than one goal this season.
“We’ve not had that luxury where people actually play with a little bit more freedom and confidence and really zip the ball around, and that’s what some of those big scores do for you and being comfortable.
“I said to the players at half time that I thought it was important that we score the next goal, as soon after half time as it’s possible.
“I didn’t think we’d get an opportunity as soon as we did, but it’s frustrating, that typifies some of the chances we missed early in the season where we could have really put the game to bed in less than a minute after half time.”
Man of the match Vidosic lauded the intelligence under construction in City’s final third.
“There’s a great chemistry now between all the guys and we’ve got great depth at the club,” he said.
“We know that we’ve got a lot of players that can create something from nothing and get onto the scoresheet.
“We have relied on Ross … but we’re also trying to get ourselves in good positions as much as assisting the guys up top.
“We want to try and contribute and help the team try and get results.”
City have the chance to further close the four-point gap on Newcastle Jets with a win over Ernie Merrick’s men at AAMI Park on Thursday.