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Australian Football: Socceroos star in City win

Melbourne City boss Patrick Kisnorbo saluted the performance of his Socceroos stars as they beat Macarthur FC 1-0 on Saturday night.

City are priced at 4/6 to win the A-League minor premiership this season and remain top of the ladder following the victory over the Bulls.

Maclaren the hero

Socceroos stars Mathew Leckie, Andrew Nabbout and Jamie Maclaren all combined to get the only goal of the game in the 64th minute.

Maclaren applied the finishing touch but it was a great move and Kisnorbo was delighted to have all three players in his side.

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Leckie was allowed to play as Australia’s final World Cup qualifying group game against Saudi Arabia is now a dead-rubber. And he made a big impact when coming off the bench.

"Lecks (Leckie) brought an energy," Kisnorbo told reporters after the game. "We know his quality and his experience, someone like Lecks is fantastic to have."

Kisnorbo defends Maclaren

Meanwhile Maclaren has copped quite a lot of flack after ruling himself out of the Saudi game as he is due to get married on the same day.

He only played for five minutes when coming off the bench for the Socceroos in the 2-0 defeat against Japan that meant Graham Arnold’s men now face two play-off game to reach Qatar. But Kisnorbo is not concerned and says City fully back their star striker.

"I really don't care who criticises him," Kisnorbo added. "We love him here. We support him. We back him."

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