Alanna Kennedy says Melbourne City has taken time to adjust with squad changes

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STAR Matildas defender Alanna Kennedy is confident Melbourne City remains on track for the W-League treble despite a rocky opening fortnight.

City face another tough test, when they host the Emily van Egmond-led second-placed Newcastle Jets at AAMI Park on Sunday afternoon in an A-League curtain-raiser.

Destined for a Melbourne derby stalemate last week, after a 4-1 opening round humbling from Sam Kerr-led Perth Glory, Rebekah Stott rescued City with a late winner.

Rebekah Stott heads the winner past Victory goalkeeper Casey Dumont last week. Picture: Getty Images

Rebekah Stott heads the winner past Victory goalkeeper Casey Dumont last week. Picture: Getty ImagesSource:Getty Images

City players celebrate Stott’s winner. Picture: AAP

City players celebrate Stott’s winner. Picture: AAPSource:AAP

Kennedy is among the new additions to City and conceded it would take time to click, though world-class midfield duo Yukari Kinga (Japan) and Welsh whiz Jess Fishlock showed glimpses of their scary potential last week.

“It’s hard when you bring new players in and you have to gel with that short turnaround, players coming in and out from different seasons,’’ Kennedy said.

“Definitely (feel we’re on track), we’ve had that lull in the first game, we’ve got that out of the way and know what that feels like. We don’t want that again.

“We’ve got a great coaching staff behind us, and we just want to play City football and hopefully that can get us to the final.”

Kennedy said City had a tough draw to start the season, saying Victory made them earn the win.

“It was good for us to bounce back from the 4-1 loss and get a result against a good Victory side,’’ she said.

Alanna Kennedy clashes with Victory’s Natasha Dowie. Picture: Getty Images

Alanna Kennedy clashes with Victory’s Natasha Dowie. Picture: Getty ImagesSource:Getty Images

W-LEAGUE ROUND 3

Melbourne City v Newcastle Jets

AAMI Park, Sunday 4.30pm

TV: Live on Fox Sports 501 and SBS Viceland (from 4pm)

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