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City want action on Fornaroli fouls

AAP logoAAP 18/11/2016 Matt Encarnacion

Melbourne City coach John van 't Schip has expressed concern over a growing trend of foulsbeing committed on star striker Bruno Fornaroli.

Van 't Schip complained a number of times to the fourth official about a handful of incidents early in Friday's 1-1 draw with Western Sydney, and then reiterated his complaints post-game.

"They're not taking any action against players that are making falls on Bruno. It's becoming that everybody can just get Bruno down to the ground and it's play-on," Van 't Schip said.

"I think that's strange because he's getting fouled, he's getting kicked. Last week, this week, the referee is just saying play on and he's clearly getting fouled."

Van' 't Schip believes teams are now attempting to foul the Uruguayan out of the game.

"There's now an overall, 'Let's make sure that Bruno's not going to get into the game'," he said.

"It's awkward - that's his way of playing. He's getting balls, he's working with his body and if defenders try and pull him back and to the ground, he doesn't get free-kicks."

City appeared headed for a win over the Wanderers after Tim Cahill netted midway through the second half, but conceded an injury-time own goal to finish with a share of the points.

Van 't Schip admitted the team needed to look at why they took their collective foot off the pedal despite a mostly dominant second half.

He said shutting up shop after gaining the lead could be a bad habit to grow into.

"Otherwise it's going to be every time that you're leading, you're trying to outplay the opponent but not really finishing them off," he said.

"That's what it's about, getting into areas where you're dangerous and where you can score a second goal and maybe a third goal.

"It makes it a lot easier than leading 1-0 and knowing that everything can happen if you get into awkward situations like we did at the end of the game."

City could have a couple of injury concerns after goalkeeper Dean Bouzanis was substituted at halftime with a back complaint, while defender Osama Malik succumbed to a groin injury.

"Already in the warm up he said he felt something and during the game it got worse. We just have to see what exactly it is," van 't Schip said of Bouzanis.

"He kicked the ball in the warm-up and it went into his back, he said. During the game, it became more stiff, so halfway he couldn't almost walk anymore. We had to take him off."

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