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Janko double extends City’s home winless streak

Melbourne City have now gone 6 home games in a row without a win, with some terrible defending and quality striking condemning them to a 2-1 loss to Sydney FC on Saturday night.

In front of just under 10,000 fans, Austrian import Marc Janko scored twice to push the visitors back into third place on the A-League ladder.

Sydney opened the scoring in the 10th minute, when a beautiful cross from Bernie Ibini found an unmarked Janko, who headed home to give the visitors a dream start. City goalkeeper Andrew Redmayne’s decision to try to intercept the cross came back to haunt him immediately, with Janko accepting the gift at the back post.

In the 25th minute, it was almost a carbon copy of the first goal, with a cross to the near post this time finding the head of Janko. Unfortunately for the Austrian, his headed beat Redmayne at his near post but it couldn’t beat that post, ricocheting out off the upright.

City’s best chance came 10 minutes later, when David Williams was released down the left wing. A whipped cross found the onrushing Mate Dugandzic, but his headed effort was palmed away by Vedran Janjetovic in the Sydney goal. Janjetovic had gone 4 games without conceding coming into Saturday night, and seemed determined to keep that streak alive.

Janko should’ve scored minutes later, when a calamitous error at the back gifted the striker possession, with only Redmayne to beat. Inexplicably, Janko chose to lay the ball sideways for captain Alex Brosque rather than taking the shot himself, with his teammate’s effort easily saved by the City custodian.

Match Details Full match details »

Date/Time Sat Nov 22, 2014, 7:30 PMStadium AAMI ParkAttendance 9,474Referee Kris Griffiths-Jones

Redmayne would keep his side in it in the lead-up to half time, saving Ali Abbas’ one-on-one effort, after the Iraqi was able to break away through the middle of the park.

The second half seemed to inspire a more relaxed approach from the City defence, but in the 83rd minute, calamity struck again. Rob Wielaert’s atrocious pass laid the ball on a platter for Marc Janko who, with just the keeper to beat, slotted the ball into the bottom right corner to extend the lead.

A floating header from Erik Paartalu in the 88th minute would hand the home side a glimmer of hope for a comeback, which was further enhanced when Milos Dimitrijevic was sent off for a second bookable offence as the game ticked into 5 minutes of injury time.

City pushed for an equaliser, and had numerous chances in the final 5 minutes. They would all amount to nought, though, as the Sky Blues held on for a valuable away win.

City, though, will be looking for a win away at Wellington next week, as they try to bounce back quickly to stay in touch with the ladder leaders.

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avatarJustin is a passionate football fan, and the Editor-in-chief of Ultimate A-League.

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