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A-League golden boot not Fornaroli's focus

NZN 22/03/2017 Ben McKay

Uruguayan sharp-shooter Bruno Fornaroli says he'll happily sacrifice a second A-League golden boot award if it means team success for Melbourne City.

With four weeks of the season remaining, it's tight at the top of the scorers' chart.

Fornaroli has scored four times in two matches to take his season tally to 17, one behind Victory frontman Besart Berisha who is away this weekend representing Kosovo.

The Melbourne City captain says he's enjoying his rich vein of form but wants a different trophy in his second year at the club.

"If it comes it's great for me. I'm a striker and I want to score a lot of goals but in this moment my work is different and I need to help my team," Fornaroli said.

"Before last week they already gave (the award) to Berisha and now you ask me ... it's crazy. This is football.

"I don't think much about the golden boot. I continue to do my work, my job, and that's it."

Another international absence could help Fornaroli's chances of climbing the scorers' chart.

City teammate Tim Cahill is representing Australia in two World Cup qualifiers this fortnight, and will miss Friday night's match against Western Sydney.

While there's no doubt the pair represent two of the most frightening prospects for A-League defenders, they are yet to become a feared pairing.

A majority of Fornaroli's goals this season have come without the veteran Socceroo on the pitch, including his last six strikes.

But the 29-year-old batted away the suggestion that the partnership was yet to catch fire, saying they delighted in sharing on-pitch roles.

"The coach says who will play No.9 and who will play No.10 but we know we can switch," he said.

"This is great. We know we can change inside the pitch. We don't need to wait for the coach."

In Cahill's absence, Anthony Caceres is City's most likely creator-in-chief, with Fornaroli backing Nick Fitzgerald to return to the starting line-up.

"(Cahill) is a big miss for us," he said.

"We have big players, we can change the formation and everything. We have the solution.

"Tim is very important but, the last game for example, Fitzy didn't (start) and maybe this is the (answer) for this game.

"The whole season he's played fantastic football.

"He's confident ... when your confidence is high you can play your best football. It's great for us."

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