Taggart puts toothless Melbourne City to the sword

The striker sent to message to national team selectors with both goals in Roar's first win of the season

Melbourne City's gamble to leave out star striker Bruno Fornaroli failed as they were comfortably beaten 2-0 by Brisbane at Suncorp Stadium.

Adam Taggart scored one in each half - and missed several chances to secure a hat-trick- to take his tally to five goals in five A-League games.

The away side had plenty of the ball in their attacking half but lacked a focal point up front and you couldn't help but think Fornaroli would have made a difference.

Taggart looked lively from the outset and probably should have threaded a better ball through to Eric Bautheac on 2 minutes, who would have been one-on-one with Eugene Galekovic.

But three minutes later, the former Perth Glory striker made amends, clinically heading home Bautheac's delivery at the near post.

City had several dangerous moments, most notably Lachlan Wales' shot into the woodwork from a tight angle, but they generally failed to flesh out clear cut chances.

They remained in the match until Taggart stepped up again to smash the ball into the top corner after being found in space in the penalty area.

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Taggart, who hasn't played for the Socceroos since the 2014 World Cup, must be in the sights of national team coach Graham Arnold. who is currently searching for an in-form goalscorer.