City take heart from first loss

09 November 2017 05:13:10 EST

Melbourne City are confident they can bounce back after seeing their perfect start to the A-League season come to an end.

Warren Joyce's team had won their first four games going into last weekend's home clash with defending champions Sydney FC.

But they lost both their unbeaten record and top spot to the Sky Blues, who won 1-0 at AAMI Park.

Midfielder Nick Fitzgerald felt the team played well, and that the defeat had been an unjust one.

Speaking ahead of the clash with Western Sydney on Sunday - again in front of their home fans - Fitzgerald said he felt City had been the better team and should have picked up at least a point.

"We'll take confidence from that...against arguably the best team in the comp, we can stick with them for most of the game," said the former Australia U-23 international.

"Our defence has been great, we've been a bit unlucky up front and a few things didn't go our way, but that happens in football."

Joyce will be without striker Tim Cahill, who is on international duty, when he takes his side into what will be Josep Gombau's first game in charge of Western Sydney.

Interim coach Hayden Foxe guided Wanderers through the first five games without defeat, his final game before handing over the reins being their fourth draw of the campaign when they were held 1-1 by Melbourne Victory on Monday.

Gombau led Adelaide United into the Finals Series in both his seasons in charge at Coopers Stadium, when Eugene Galekovic - now City's keeper - was United's captain.

"It's a strange one because they've got a new coach now and they might change a bit in how they play and their structures," said Galekovic.

"In terms of personnel, he might change a few things around and bring players in, but we'll play our own game and we're confident we can do the job."

Melbourne City are 12121/1 to win the Grand Final.

City are 23/20 to beat Western Sydney, who are 12/5 with the draw 5/2.

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