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Australian Football: Leckie opens City account

Melbourne City are hoping Mathew Leckie can kick on and score plenty of goals this season after finally opening his account in the 4-2 win at Newcastle.

City are out to win the 2021/22 Grand Final once again and Leckie has a crucial role to play as they attempt to claim back-to-back titles.

Slow start

City pulled off something of a coup when luring the Socceroos striker to the club in the off-season and expectations were high from the very first game.

Leckie has taken time to settle in to his new surroundings and grabbed his first goal for the club as they saw off the Jets at McDonald Jones Stadium on Tuesday night.

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City have always called for patience but will be hoping the flood gates will open now that the striker has broken the drought.

"We need to be a little bit patient," City assistant coach Petr Kratky told reporters after the game.

"But he (Leckie) is a very good quality player and hopefully he'll just keep scoring for us and give us attacking force."

Meanwhile fellow forward Andrew Nabbout says it was always going to take time for them to gel and it is now starting to happen.

"Obviously Lecks coming in, he has come from a completely different game plan in Germany and like anything it takes time to gel," Nabbout told Paramount Plus. "We've finally started clicking."

Wanderers up next

The win moved City up to second place on the A-League ladder and they will be looking to make it back-to-back wins when they face Western Sydney Wanderers on Friday night.

"We hope we can make another three points on Friday and get some momentum because with a couple of draws and a last game loss, a win is always good," Kratky added. "We're talking about winning more games in a row."

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