City lack­ing on at­tack

Central Leader - - Sport - By Scott Morgan and Jeremy Ruane

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.”

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