Schenkeveld and City roll up sleeves in Adelaide to claim priceless confidence boost
He admits it wasn’t pretty but Bart Schenkeveld hopes Melbourne City’s triumph in Adelaide will instil the confidence they need to become a Hyundai A-League force this season.
Warren Joyce’s side mustered a resolute display in the City of Churches to clinch a priceless 2-0 victory against Adelaide United.
And unsurprisingly, City’s formidable Dutch centre back commanded the victory – the club's first win outside of Melbourne in their last six attempts – with impressive poise and experience.
“It was not beautiful football but at the end of the day it’s about the win and we needed the win,” he told FOX SPORTS following the match.
“I hope it gives a lot of confidence for us but also for the young kids to know that they can win against anybody.”
With Ritchie De Laet succumbing to injury early on, City played the majority of the match with Young Socceroos Nathaniel Atkinson and Ramy Najjarine on the right side – against Craig Goodwin, no less.
And although the pair underlined their talent at Coopers Stadium, the youthful duo were targeted by Adelaide as the Reds prioritised City’s left-hand side in search of an equaliser.
Fortunately for the visitors, Schenkeveld was there to save the day and made several crucial last-ditch interventions to help the City cause.
Meanwhile, Joyce’s side might feel indebted to Eugene Galekovic, who pulled off two sensational pieces of goalkeeping against the club for whom he made his name.
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“I think with the young kids on the right side they do really well but it’s a learning process, they will learn that.
“They [Adelaide] came up a few times on the left side with some crosses and they make it hard for us.
“For me he [Galekovic] was the man of the match. He saved two really good balls and I’m really glad with him behind me.”
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