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Melbourne City coach to stick with system

AAP logoAAP 21/10/2016 Ben McKay

For the few that attended Melbourne City's first home A-League game of the season, one sentiment was shared.

Same old City.

How could the side that dismissed cross-town rivals Melbourne Victory 4-1 just six days earlier look so flat and off the pace against Perth Glory in a 3-2 defeat?

For so much of the club's history, it's been one step forward and then another one back.

City started as short favourites against Kenny Lowe's side, but were hit twice at set-pieces and threw away a point with a late defensive bungle.

Coach John van 't Schip admitted his side looked over-confident and didn't bring that same intent as they did to the derby.

"We're back on earth after the game we played against Victory," he said.

The Dutchman used the same 3-2-4-1 system - that prevailed against Victory, with only Nicolas Colazo dropping out for Anthony Caceres.

But City were found wanting against Glory, who were happy without the ball and very comfortable when in possession.

Lowe wasn't joking when he said hat-trick hero Andy Keogh could have had six.

But for all their defensive frailties, City did look sharp going forward, particularly in the second half.

Bruno Fornaroli could have given the home side a 3-2 advantage when his cross was chested by Alex Grant onto the post.

Van 't Schip said he wouldn't be shifted away from his radical new system after the first speed-bump.

"(Our intent) was lacking," he said.

"If you want to play in a certain way ... everybody has to be connected, be at a high level.

"Tonight the boys obviously tried but the performance was not good.

"We're in the process of trying to do something, trying to get to a certain level.

"We didn't reach that level.

"It's early days but we're in a growing process."

The low crowd - just 8,076 - for Cahill's first home game was a disappointment but it was understandable.

Wild weather lashed Melbourne through the day and destroyed any hopes for a bumper walk-up crowd, but City can improve on that number with two further Friday night games in the next three weeks.

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