Poor decision-making was the reason for Melbourne City's 2-1 defeat in the New Year's Day clash with Western Sydney, reckons coach Warren Joyce.
City have now lost three in a row and will be 18 points behind league leaders Sydney FC if the Sky Blues beat Newcastle on Wednesday.
Just the final pass or the final finish hasn't been there.Warren Joyce
Joyce's early success with the club - they won their first four games to top the table - seem a distant memory now that they've picked up just two victories in their nine subsequent matches.
City hoped they'd got back on track when they beat second-placed Newcastle away from home a month ago, and followed up the victory with a 1-0 success over Central Coast.
Despite having led in two of their last three games, they've failed to pick up a point in that time. But Joyce doesn't believe confidence is an issue within his squad.
He felt the players had made poor decisions on and off the ball against Wanderers, who responded after Ross McCormack's opener to score two decisive goals in the space of two minutes.
City are now back in fourth behind rivals Melbourne Victory, but Joyce says he's not detected any drop in confidence levels.
"I don't think so, I think it's an easy excuse that, it's decision-making," added the coach. "In the last three games, we've had spells.
"If you keep giving two goals away in three minutes in good situations when you are in the lead in games, you are going to give yourself problems.
"If it was confidence you are not able to come back and play like we did in the second half (against Wanderers) and drive the game, which we've done in all the last three games. Just the final pass or the final finish hasn't been there."
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