Melbourne City manager John van’t Schip was left to rue his side’s missed opportunities after Friday’s 3-0 Australian A-League semi-final loss to Melbourne Victory on Friday.
More injuries were added to City’s list which has blighted much of the club’s season, with strikers David Williams and Harry Novillo along with midfielder Aaron Mooy forced off the Etihad Stadium pitch during the match.
Van’t Schip admitted he was disheartened by the situation, and felt the injuries in the semi-final and the result that followed epitomised their season.
“Today summed up what happened during the year, with the three injuries that we had to replace,” he told the press after the game.
“I think that’s the story of the season, the amount of changes we had to the team. If you look at Sydney, Victory and Adelaide they can put on the same eight or nine players from the start of the season.
“During the season you have to deal with injuries, but that was a big problem for us. And not soft tissue injuries either, injuries that put players out for weeks or months.
“We had to get other players in from abroad and from other clubs. We managed to get through the season but the gelling of the team that we worked on in pre-season got disrupted.”
Van’t Schip admitted his side created more than enough chances to score, creating clear-cut opportunities, but lacked the composure needed in front of goal.
“We had enough chances to win the game but it’s about getting the goal,” he said.
“If you make it 2-1, then it’s an open game again and anything is possible. But the chances that we got, we didn’t (finish).
“That was the difference today. Victory were clinical in finishing the chances they got.”
Despite the result, Van’t Schip was full of praise for his players’ efforts with making it to the semi-finals of the competition after at the foot of the table last season.
He said: “If you look where we came from last year, we finished with the wooden spoon. This year we made this step into the semi-finals so there is clear improvement there.
“But (at the same time) we want to make more steps than this year, and we will bounce back next year.”