City lacking on attack
Auckland City goes into the Christmas break in a strong position in the New Zealand Football Championship after a 1-1 draw with top of the table rivals Team Wellington on Saturday.
“To be undefeated up to now is really good,” City coach Colin Tuaa says.
“We’re around the top and I’m pleased with that.”
But Tuaa wants to see improvements in the new year.
“A lot of our work will be in attacking around the field.
“Attacking and finishing go hand in hand.”
City’s inability to find the back of the net was highlighted in their draw with Wellington.
Wiremu Patrick put the home team in front on the quarter hour with a thumping drive from the edge of the penalty area.
Bryan Little and Ki Hyung Lee went close for City, while Wellington keeper Phil Imray saved a penalty taken by striker Keryn Jordan just before halftime.
City’s Eliezer Anello scored five minutes into the second half.
“In the second half we dominated but couldn’t get that vital goal,” Tuaa says.
“Their goalkeeper made a few good saves and some of our final passes didn’t find their mark.”
Tuaa says his side will train this week, then do their own fitness work over the break.
“They need to relax and come back refreshed in January.”