The pressure on Melbourne Victory head coach Kevin Muscat continues to grow after failing to come away with the three points against Brisbane Roar.

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The two sides went head to head in search of their first win but they couldn’t be split with a 1-1 draw. After Victory went ahead through Besart Berisha they conceded the equaliser just five minutes later by Brett Holman.

Muscat believes his side could’ve done more to hold the 1-0 advantage.

“We worked ever so hard and then you get yourself a lead and within five minutes you concede,” he said.

“In a way it’s just through individual errors, overall tonight’s game in isolation was very disappointing.”

“You take the lead with nine or ten minutes to go, we should put that game to bed so we wake up tomorrow and we’ve dropped two points in my opinion.”

A challenge across the first six rounds that Muscat has faced is the amount of players available every week.

Victory missed Mark Milligan, James Troisi and Kosta Barbarouses with international duty against Brisbane and other times this season where Muscat thinks it has had an impact on Victory’s fortunes.

“You take four or five players out of any team in the league and I dare say that it would be difficult for them,” he said.

“That’s why I’m gutted for the group, because the mainstay of that group who have been there every game this season have worked so hard under the set of circumstances and three points tonight would’ve rewarded them and unfortunately it didn’t occur for us.”

The test of depth has thrown youngster Christian Theoharous a golden opportunity who impressed off the bench which excites Muscat for the potential to come.

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“Christian’s got some very good assets, that many in the league probably haven’t got,” he said.

“There’s still some areas that he needs to work on and he’s maturing as he goes along.”

“He’s got a real big opportunity, ultimately it’s going to be down to him to make the right steps forward and take that opportunity.”

“[He showed] enthusiasm, brightness and almost the extent where he didn’t respect the opposition in a nice way.”

“He just wanted to get at them, not show any fear and not ‘respect’ them so I thought he was bright.”

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Liam Watson is covering Melbourne Victory this season while completing Media and Communications at La Trobe University.