Skipper says get back to basics

Skipper says get back to basics

FRUSTRATED: Melbourne City skipper Michael Jakobsen came off second best in a collision with Victory attacker Kosta Barbarouses. Picture: AAP ImagesMistakes are inevitable in football and Melbourne City captain Michael Jakobsen acknowledges they will always happen.

What angers him is avoidable blunders;stupid mistakes borne from a lack of concentration orthoughtlessness.

And while he is happy to spend the festive season with Danish family friends who are visiting Australia,the memory of City’s past two matches – defeats to Sydney FC and in the Christmas derby to Melbourne Victory – meant it was notas merry a Christmas as it might have been.

Jakobsen includes himself in the criticism for those losses, with goals that all came from set pieces (one free kick and two penalties), saying that City players have to maintain focus for 90 minutes if they want to avoid making errors that have such a costly effect.

“We need to concentrate more, get back to basics and eliminate the silly errors otherwise we can forget about finishing high up the table,” he said.

City performed well against the Sydney in NSW, having taken a first-half leadonly to be undone by two goals just before the interval, one from a free kick, the other from a penalty.

Theylost to Victory in similar fashion, going down to a last-gasp spot kick converted by Mark Milligan after goalkeeper Dean Bouzanis upended the Socceroo midfielder. That the free kick – conceded in a dangerous position in the fourth minute of extra time – was given away by City annoyed Jakobsen.

“Mistakes are going to happen. It’s football. But these were silly mistakes. We spoke before the Sydney game and the Victory game about not giving away free kicks around the box and in the penalty area.”