Jamieson: City not mauled by Sky Blues

27 February 2018 05:14:01 EST

Melbourne City believe they can still win the championship this season, says defender Scott Jamieson.

Big question marks over the side's credentials have appeared in the past two weeks when they've suffered losses to Sydney FC and Perth Glory.

Warren Joyce's side had previously picked up 14 points out of a possible 18 to stay on the heels of second-placed Newcastle Jets.

But their chances of catching the Jets and securing a place in next year's Asian Champions League qualifying round have taken a big knock.

Newcastle have taken four points from their last two games while City were slumping to a 4-0 home defeat to Sydney FC and going down 2-1 in Perth. Ernie Merrick's team are now eight points clear of City and have a much better goal difference.

Jamieson, though, says he's still backing his team to be able to beat anyone on their day in the Finals Series.

He argues that his former club Sydney FC weren't that much better than City when they met a fortnight ago at AAMI Park.

"Sydney FC mauled us on the scoreboard but they didn't maul us in play ... the score didn't reflect the game," said Jamieson.

"In a league format yes they are a lot better than everyone else; they're consistent. When it comes to the finals I don't think its going to be so straightforward."

The defender added: "One, it's a finals series. Two, the Asian Champions League and they're under the pump there. The Premier's Plate, they've won that, but don't be surprised if Sydney don't win the Grand Final."

City can give themselves a big confidence boost if they beat Melbourne Victory in Friday's derby.

A win would give them a seven-point cushion over the fourth-placed side, with just five games left.

Melbourne City are 10/1 to win the Grand Final.

City are 2/1 to beat Melbourne Victory, who are 5/4 with the draw 13/5.

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