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Melbourne City reboot for A-League fight

AAP logoAAP 21/12/2016 Ben McKay

Melbourne City captain Bruno Fornaroli says his A-League teammates have suffered an FFA Cup hangover but the time to recover is now.

City's euphoric evening on November 30, when Fornaroli lifted the club's maiden piece of silverware, has been followed by a winless streak in the league.

Matches against Brisbane, Sydney FC and Melbourne Victory have yielded just two points.

The only team City has beaten over the last five rounds has been a depleted Wellington Phoenix at home.

Coach John van 't Schip gave his players three days off in the wake of their derby defeat and on their return to the training ground on Thursday, Fornaroli issued a rallying cry to help spark a chase for the runaway league leaders.

"It's normal sometimes the players after feel (a Cup win) they go down a little bit but we can't stop because Sydney continue to win," he said.

"It's a good moment to wake up and start to fight."

City slipped to fourth on the table with the loss, and sit nine points behind the Sky Blues.

But there's no lack of belief that they can reel in that gap over the next month, with their next six matches all against sides below them in the table.

Central to the recovery effort will be managing superstars Tim Cahill and Fornaroli.

Van 't Schip has tried different formations over the campaign to blend them both in, including using his skipper as a No.10 in the derby.

"It's a little bit different to me but I think I can play there. To help the team, I don't care, I can play goalkeeper," Fornaroli said.

"Maybe now in the last game I start No.10 but in the other games we change a lot.

"All the games, we change. Timmy sometimes goes No.9 and I help Timmy and Timmy helps me.

"We try to find the solution for (each) game."

Fornaroli said he believed the quality of the City side would eventually show, and enable the team to get past the derby setback.

"I don't like losing first and I don't like losing a derby," he said.

"This is a big disappointment for everyone but (the league) continues.

"We need to take again this passion and start to fight for the league. We've won (the Cup) and we want to win again.

"We have a great group, a great team. When you create this you can continue (to push)."

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