Melbourne City boss Patrick Kisnorbo has revealed a half-time blast worked wonders as his side defeated the Newcastle Jets 3-0 on Friday night.
City are priced at 7/4 to win the 2021/22 A-League grand final and are ticking along nicely as they look to defend their crown.
Newcastle were the better side in the first-half and City were very fortunate to be leading 1-0 courtesy of a strike by Jamie Maclaren two minutes into added on time.
Maclaren revealed after the game that Kisnorbo ripped into the players at the half-time break and the coach then also confirmed some harsh words were needed.
"Maybe my voice went up a few decibels. That's sports and that's football. I was really happy with the reaction that they gave," Kisnorbo told reporters after the game.
"Sometimes things need changing and I'm not talking about personnel or formation, but I needed to get a reaction from the players and I thought we did that tonight."
It did the trick as Mathew Leckie and Carl Jenkinson got on the scoresheet to wrap up the win, while the Jets were reduced to 10 men when Taylor Regan saw red in the 54th minute.
Kisnorbo also had plenty of praise for Marco Tilio who had a hand in both goals after the break, but the coach says he still has plenty to learn.
"I thought he was good at times, I thought sometimes he was a bit sloppy but that's part of the learning," Kisnorbo added.
"Part of my job is to help him and learn things in different areas and today, saw some good things and also some things that he can improve on."