“We were the better team” – Dobson

Peter Desira, Herald Sun

Monday, 1 December 2003

Melbourne Knights lost their third game in a row, but coach Ian Dobson returned from Brisbane yesterday heartened by the 1-0 loss to the Strikers.

“We put up our best performance of the season,” Dobson said.

“We were the better team in the first half and we had three good opportunities, including one which hit the bar.

“They scored a good goal and we had to open up, but (goalkeeper) Tommi Tomich kept us in the game with a number of good saves and we kept creating — Andrew Marth and Serkan Oksuz both had chances they should’ve scored from.

“Overall, I was very pleased, we put out a well balanced side, (were) solid defensively and well structured. We ended up with six good scoring chances.

“The concern is that we’ve now gone three games without scoring a goal.

“But I’m confident now that we’ll be competitive in the second half of the season. We’re not world beaters, but we’ll pick up points.”

Brisbane’s winner came in the 66th minute courtesy of a Warren Moon left-foot volley from 20m.

Anthony Pelikan hit the crossbar after six minutes, while Nick Sabljak put on a man of the match performance in midfield.

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