Fresh from leading Melbourne Victory to its first win of the season with a convincing 2-0 defeat of Perth Glory, coach Kevin Muscat was full of praise for his widely criticised side.

Perth has been a notoriously tricky road trip for the Victory but goals from Besart Berisha and Leroy George ensured the visitors would claim all three points in the West for the first time since 2014.

Muscat admitted feeling pleasure after seeing his side play well for an entire game which in previous performances this season has only been demonstrated in glimpses.

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“There was a real good intensity and attitude about us,” Muscat said.

“There was patches of what I’ve seen tonight throughout every game we’ve played.

“Tonight was for the entire game.”

Combination play between Berisha, George and Jai Ingham caused persistent problems for Perth with Muscat noting that the Victory perhaps deserved to extend its lead.

Returning Socceroos Mark Milligan and James Troisi showed their class in dominating the midfield with the latter providing the assist in Victory’s second goal and Muscat applauded their influence on group.

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“The boys that came back in lead from the front,” Muscat said.

“It was an outstanding performance and thoroughly deserved three points.

“We had quality and on another night we could have had a couple more.”

For Glory, it was a damaging loss which see them drop outside the top six with back-to-back defeats.

Perth coach Kenny Lowe cited injuries and travel in his sides performance with Glory currently without six players through injury whilst having contested four of its first six matches away from home.

“It’s probably five starting eleven players out of the side,” Lowe said.

“I think the big difference for us in hindsight has been the travel.

“That’s really affected us, not being able to recover and people coming back with knocks and niggles that have grown into something else.”

One positive for the Glory is the performance of a string of younger players especially 16-year-old Jacob Italiano who became the clubs second ever youngest player behind Danny De Silva.

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“He held his own and contributed,” Lowe said.

“Jezza [Jeremy Walker] coming into the side and doing really well, [Jake] Brimmer and Brando [Brandon Wilson] obviously the young boys in there did great too.”

Perth will be absolutely desperate to break their losing streak when they take on Melbourne City at AAMI Park next Friday, while Victory will be looking to build on this performance against a much improved Newcastle Jets at McDonald Jones Stadium on Thursday.

 

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Football fan and digital communications officer following Perth Glory during the 2017/2018 A-League season.