Life after Patrick Kisnorbo has began on a bitter notice for Melbourne Metropolis, who’ve tasted defeat for the primary time this season with a 2-1 loss to Sydney FC at Allianz Stadium on Saturday evening.
With interim coach and former Sydney assistant Rado Vidosic in cost following Kisnorbo’s appointment at French membership Troyes, the A-League leaders gave up a 1-0 result in be crushed by the spectacular Sky Blues.
Sydney’s win snapped a two-game A-League shedding run however was a continuation of the shape they confirmed in beating Scottish champions Celtic 2-1 through the competitors’s break for the World Cup.
Socceroo Marco Tilio got here inside centimetres of snaring a degree for Metropolis in stoppage time with a blistering shot that struck the crossbar.
Tilio had began the match on the bench, whereas Metropolis’s different two members of Australia’s World Cup squad – Mathew Leckie and Jamie Maclaren – each performed from the opening whistle.
And it was Maclaren who gave Metropolis the lead from the penalty spot within the twenty second minute after a handball offence from Sky Blues skipper and former Metropolis midfielder Luke Brattan.
Penalty-saving specialist and one other member of the Socceroos’ World Cup squad, Andrew Redmayne, had the job of attempting to disclaim Maclaren.
And the Sydney gloveman virtually achieved it, getting two arms on the penalty strike.
Nevertheless, he was unable to maintain out the spot kick, with Maclaren now having scored in seven successive A-League matches.
However Sydney’s response was fast, with English winger Joe Lolley equalising a minute later,
Max Burgess created the preliminary alternative with an excellent cross that discovered midfielder Paulo Retre, whose header from point-blank vary was effectively saved by Metropolis goalkeeper Tom Glover
The rebound the save fell for Retre, who was once more denied by Glover.
However the ball was nonetheless to be correctly cleared and it will definitely fell for Lolley, who guided the ball house previous the unfortunate Glover.
Sydney went forward within the 61st minute via returning striker Adam Le Fondre.
Having simply come on three minutes earlier in his return from damage, English striker Le Fondre wasn’t to be denied after his preliminary header from a Lolley shot was saved with the ft of Glover.
Le Fondre pounced on the rebound to move the Sydneysiders into the lead and finally safe the Sky Blues – who had been with out ailing import Robert Mak – their first A-League win on the revamped Allianz Stadium
“It was necessary to win at house for the primary time within the league this season,” Le Fondre instructed Paramount +.
“We simply wanted a very good efficiency and the win clearly. I don’t suppose it actually issues the place we play.”
Metropolis captain Scott Jamieson felt it was an “even contest”.
“Perhaps they may have edged it however all in all, perhaps we may have gotten one thing out of it,” Jamieson mentioned.
“Two errors with focus allow us to down however finally I assumed it was a fair sport.
“We’ll have a look at this sport and overview it, however then we’ll obtained again to the coaching monitor and work exhausting.”