“Dogfight” of a match hurts Victory

A scrappy match with little quality was what 30,262 people witnessed in the Australia Day Big Blue derby at Etihad Stadium.

Sydney came away with the 2-1 win against rivals Melbourne Victory, maintaining their undefeated streak in the league this year.

Yet Kevin Muscat was reasonably happy with his sides performance.

“From our perspective i was really happy with the football we played” Muscat explained.

“We created and scored a very good goal. There was very little in the game tonight and we played the better football.”

Victory took the lead in the 18th minute after a beautiful sweeping move that involved Fahid Ben Khalfallah, Marco Rojas and James Troisi who finished clinically past Danny Vukovic.

But the wheels on the Victory bus fell off just before the halftime whistle, after Filip Holosko headed home a Milos Ninkovic cross, halting the Victory momentum.

The Sydney comeback was complete after a long punt upfield from Vukovic landed at Bernie Ibini-Isei’s feet who with strength swatted away both Alan Baro and Leigh Broxham and finished past Lawrence Thomas.

James Donachie was sent off not long after that with his dangerous tackle on Sydney captain Alex Brosque punished by Jarred Gillett.

Muscat believes that his side let them back into the match.

“[It’s] disappointing that we are making some defensive decision that are leading to goals,” explained Muscat.

“We have got to eliminate these errors that lead to goals because they are soft”.

Despite the loss the Victory gaffer isn’t too concerned about his sides form.

“I’m not going to be blinded by the result,” he added.

Sydney have now built up an 11 point buffer at the top of the league and many think that Graham Arnold’s side, that is striving to break the all-time A-League points tally of 57, are out of sight.

Muscat isn’t giving up just yet.

“I’ll never give up trying to catch them.

“Who knows what is in store.”

The Victory take on Melbourne City back at Etihad Stadium on February 4th.

Feature image credit: Anita Milas/Melbourne Victory

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