Australian Football: City will learn says Kisnorbo

29 November 2021 00:03:34 GMTPlus11
Kisnorbo says lesson will be learnt

Melbourne City coach Patrick Kisnorbo says his players will learn from the 2-2 draw against Adelaide which saw them concede two goals at the death.

Melbourne City won both the A-League championship and premiership last season and are priced at 9/4 to win the 2021/22 grand final.

Late lapses

They looked on course for two wins from two games to kick off the new season as goals from Jamie Maclaren had them leading 2-0 with just 12 minutes left to play.

However Stefan Mauk pulled a goal back for the home side in the 78th minute when reacting the quickest to fire home after Kusini Yengi's shot hit the post.

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Then with 90 minutes on the clock Ben Halloran capitalised on a mistake to fire home the equaliser and leave City with just one point to show for their efforts.

Learning curve

Kisnorbo refused to be too harsh on his players after the game and says they will learn from the errors they made when attempting to see the game out.

"It's a learning curve for us," Kisnorbo told reporters. "The first goal (conceded), a deflection off the post. And the second one, we were a bit naive, especially in the last couple of minutes. So we learnt a lesson."

City had gone ahead on 28 minutes when Maclaren tapped the ball home from close range after Nabbout put it on a plate for him.

Then Nabbout scored an early contender for goal of the season with a stunning curling effort with the outside of his right boot on 61 minutes.

The points appeared to be in the bag before Adelaide's brave, late fightback.

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