Captain Jamieson’s warning for high-flying Melbourne City

Melbourne City captain Scott Jamieson has preached the importance of not getting carried away despite his side’s impressive season so far.

City’s 7-0 win in the Melbourne Derby last weekend saw them leap into pole position on the A-League standings after a blistering run of eight wins in ten games.

Jamieson said confidence is sky-high among the group after the Derby win but said it’s just as important to move-on quickly ahead of their contest with Macarthur on Saturday.

“We’ve had full belief in what we’ve done, what we are doing and what we want to do,” Jamieson told NCA Newswire.

“We’ve never lost sight of what we want to do and how to do it is through hard work on the training ground so for us as a team we’ve been very positive but we aren’t getting carried away.”

Throughout City’s history they have fallen short of reaching the A-League summit, having only won the FFA Cup in 2016 but have never won an A-League Premiership in the 12-years since their inception.

Jamieson believes this helps keep the side grounded as they haven’t tasted the ultimate success just yet.

“It’s easy because of the success we haven’t had as a team or as a club,” Jamieson said.

“It’s great winning games but winning games doesn’t mean that you have won a Championship or a trophy, I think that’s a key message for us as a group,

“For us to be able to win titles is to keep consistently improving and then take each challenge as they come but for us to be successful … we have to keep working hard and perform when it’s finals.”

Jamieson’s side are atop the ladder, one point clear of the Mariners and Adelaide United.Source:Getty Images

The Melbourne City captain is all too familiar with the big stage having played in two A-League Grand Finals – which on each occasion Jamieson has come out empty-handed.

Jamieson also missed last season’s agonising Grand Final defeat to Sydney FC – opting to put family first during the hub period.

The 32-year-old full-back said it’s about taking on the big moments and has seen signs of his team being able to grind out important results when their backs have been against the wall.

“It’s about big moments and what I’ve learned from the losses I’ve had is it’s about taking those big moments and for us those big moments will come,” Jamieson said.

“I feel to a lesser extent, the point against Sydney FC was a big moment for us, we were 1-0 down with a few minutes to play … and we got the point,

“You look at the Wanderers game away, we won and then earlier on in the season against Brisbane Roar – we had ten men and we won 1-0.”

City head north to tackle Macarthur in a game which will help solidify them inside the top two.

However, Jamieson is wary of the Bulls who are looking to bounce-back after a three-game skid as they also look to secure a finals berth.

“We are fully aware of the challenge they pose,” Jamieson said.

“They’re on their home-deck, they will want to come on the front-foot so that will pose a different challenge … they are a very good team with a very good coach.”

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