Melbourne Victory’s Georg Niedermeier feels that his side’s performance against Perth Glory did not match the voracious support of 25,071 fans who turned out at AAMI Park yesterday (10 February).

The former Stuttgart and Freiburg man started on the bench, but came on in the 63rd minute. It was promising signs for Victory fans, as the German clocked at least 30 minutes under his belt this time out – a vast improvement from the occasional cameo appearances he has made since suffering from a calf injury in early January.

Within minutes of coming on, Niedermeier was seen continuously swinging his arms in an upwards motion, gesturing at all corners of AAMI Park, in a bid to up the noise levels. The crowd duly reciprocated at his show of passion, generating volumes that were heard early in the match, before Victory went 1-0 down.

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“I’m now part of the club, part of the team. We got the fans behind us, but today, we (the team) didn’t make it, like we did in the last weeks,” Niedermeier said.

“I have a feeling it was our fault.

“They (the fans) were incredible, everything was set up … it was on us to get the fans going, but we were playing a bit too slow and we were too reserved in our actions,” the 32 year old said.

Niedermeier was subbed on together with Keisuke Honda, Victory’s marquee star that made his return since round eight of the competition.

“We needed to be more aggressive and maybe take some more risks, we were one nil down straight before we came on which is not the best way to start, but I told him (Honda) we needed to try everything,” Niedermeier said.

“We want to be the team setting the pace and not reacting based off the other team.

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“That was what I wanted to influence when I came on with Keisuke,” Niedermeier said.

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The 1.9m defender explained that Victory old boy James Donachie did not feature in the final match day squad against Glory as Kevin Muscat wanted flexibility on the bench.

“The boss didn’t want to put two centre backs on the bench, as he still wanted to have the opportunity to react and I was chosen to make the bench,” Niedermeier said.

“Donachie had a good training session and he’s fit as well, and I hope he is an option in a couple of weeks. He’s a great person and he’ll definitely help us as he’s experienced.

“He left his mark here before so everybody knows what we can expect from him and I hope that he can come into the squad to strengthen us. We have a lot of games soon so it’s definitely good to have more options for our formations,” Niedermeier said.

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Victory now sit seven points adrift from Glory, but Niedermeier feels that the competition is far from over.

“We’re not getting there (in terms of result), so we work harder,” Niedermeier said.

“We won’t stop chasing them.

“From tomorrow on we will work as hard as we can and we have to win all our games. Brisbane (Roar) won against Sydney last week so every match will be hard when there are always surprises,” Niedermeier said.

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Journalism undergrad at Monash University, Kai is a multimedia journalist covering Melbourne Victory. Manchester United and Borussia Dortmund. Once "stole" Shinji Kagawa's plane ticket.