Melbourne City have kept Wellington Phoenix scoreless for a third game running as they outplayed Mark Rudan's side in a 2-0 win at AAMI Park.
After both sides slumped to 3-0 losses last week, it was City that would find the early response Warren Joyce would have wanted as they took the lead in the ninth minute.
Lachlan Wales making the most of some sloppy play down the right flank by Wellington as he teed up Ritchie De Laet to fire home with a thumping long-range strike.
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The Nix looked bereft of ideas as they searched for a response with a Sarpreet Singh free-kick the closest they came to testing Eugene Galekovic in the first 45 minutes.
City on the other hand, should have had a second with Bruno Fornaroli denied by a fine save from Filip Kurto just before half-time.
The Uruguayan wouldn't be denied his first goal of the season after the break however as he curled a delightful strike into the top right of goal on the hour mark.
Riley McGree and Fornaroli linking up well at the top of the box before the City striker made the most of a metre of space to place the ball past a helpless Kurto.
Wellington showed some signs of life as they chased the game but never really threatened a compact City side.
A night to remember for: Bruno Fornaroli
Has looked lost in this City formation in recent weeks but has kept his head up and was rewarded against Wellington with a superb strike. A man that will thrive once he gets on a roll in front of goal.
A night to forget for: Mark Rudan
Three straight games without a goal and his side look very short of ideas in the final third. Was never going to be an easy job for him, but Rudan already has his work cut out this season.