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City rue costly A-League penalty misses

NZN 27/12/2016 Jason Phelan

Melbourne City coach John van 't Schip has defended star striker Bruno Fornaroli after his spot kick shocker against Perth Glory.

Last season's A-League Golden Boot winner, with a record 23 goals, scored twice in Tuesday night's thrilling 3-3 draw at AAMI Park but also had two penalties saved by Glory goalkeeper Liam Reddy.

Fornaroli's first saved effort came in the first half, the second deep in injury time would have certainly secured a 4-3 City win if Reddy had not of denied him.

"It's part of football ... he normally doesn't have a problem with it but today he did," van 't Schip said.

"Bruno took a lot of penalties last year (and scored), so it's part of football."

The decision to stick with skipper Fornaroli from the penalty spot is even harder to understand given Socceroos superstar Tim Cahill is City's other designated penalty taker.

"We have two, it's Bruno and Tim, and they're the ones that make that decision on the pitch," van 't Schip said.

"They were talking so they made a decision about what to do ... I'll have to find out what they exactly said, but it's always easy after.

"(But) if you look at the scoreline it wasn't the best moment to miss them.

"The first one was to go 3-1 up and instead of that it was 2-2, then the last one was for winning the game."

The result leaves City in fourth spot after 12 games, 11 points adrift of leaders Sydney FC.

"In football a lot is possible and in this league winning a few games in a row, which is easier said than done, brings you back close to putting pressure on teams," van 't Schip said of the possibility of finishing on top of the ladder.

"We have to keep on working and make sure that start collecting more points because the last few weeks haven't been enough."

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