IT was a demolition, which would have both excited and frustrated Melbourne City fans.
The 4-0 win over Newcastle Jets last night flaunted City's enormous potential, while posing the question where has this form been for the past three months?
Tim Cahill scored an emphatic header before joining the Socceroos on international duty, Bruno Fornaroli netted a brace as City clung onto third spot for another week.
In fairness it was a dull affair until City subs Nick Fitzgerald and Bruce Kamau added spark, scoring and creating the second and third goals to open the floodgates.
The Jets were woeful despite creating the game's first chance when Andrew Nabbout found space off the left but a heavy final touch left him with insufficient time to adjust before dinking wide of the post.
City opened the scoring after some quick attacking interplay between Fornaroli and Nicolas Colazo finished with Josh Rose.
The left-back whipped in an inviting, looping cross, the type that Cahill relishes. The veteran, who had cleverly checked his run ahead of the cross, rode Jets defender John Koutroumbis and headed past hapless keeper Jack Duncan.
Fornaroli, who was again playing a deeper role with Cahill playing up front, was a constant menace and his 28th minute free-kick sailed just wide of the post.
Fitzgerald was a menace after replacing Cahill with his preparedness to run at the Jets defence.
His chemistry with former Central Coast teammate Anthony Caceres was on show for the second as they play a killer one-two, with a cheeky Caceres dink to boot which Fitzgerald cleverly finished with his toe.
The other sub, fellow winger Kamau, made just as big an impact and played with a real sense of purpose.
Looking sharp as soon as he came on, Kamau chased and ran at the Jets defence and within 90 seconds of coming on won a penalty after sucking in Daniel Mullen.
Fornaroli stepped up and made no mistake, before holding aloft specially made t-shirts in support of popular teammate Fernando Brandan who's having a knee reconstruction on Tuesday.
Fornaroli netted his second, blasting home from close range after Fitzgerald's cross, with the superb Luke Brattan exploiting space on the right with a great release.
City could've scored at least three more, but the Jets were let off the hook.