Muscat still looking for improvement despite big win

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Despite an impressive return to form Kevin Muscat still wants more from his Melbourne Victory side.

Victory last night demolished a ten men Wellington Phoenix 6-1 thanks to a Besart Berisha hattrick and Marco Rojas master class at Etihad Stadium.

Bersiha and Rojas scored five of the six goals between them with Rojas assisting Austin for the sixth but Muscat believes that his side should have scored more.

“I think we should have created more” Muscat said.

“There was clear intent for us to break them down and utilise some spaces in the park tonight.

“Once we got in that final third I thought that we could have been a little bit better on our final delivery. We had a handful of other guilt edged opportunities but I think we should’ve created more.”

Victory from the opening whistle controlled the game having their way over a Wellington side that coach Ernie Merrick thought were “intimidated” by Victory.

Although not having complete control of the centre of midfield, fullbacks Daniel Georgievski and Jason Geria were adventurous down the flanks giving Berisha, Rojas and Austin the freedom to create and penetrate the Phoenix defence.

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“Danny Georgievski and Jason Geria were getting into areas.

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We could have been a little bit better in that final third with out pass but I was encouraged with what I’ve seen,” Muscat explained.

“Especially after looking at them and getting on the training pitch and identifying where we can hurt them.

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“The players took those instructions and really went with it.

The Victory will go into next week’s Big Blue derby match against Sydney FC with two of last night’s best players under injury clouds.

Georgievski, who had 45 touches of the ball in the first half alone, came off clutching his shoulder in the 57th minute and Rojas was seen holding his leg in the dying moments of the match.

Although waiting on scans to determine the severity of Georgievski’s shoulder injury, Muscat isn’t too concerned with Rojas.

“He will be fine. He just needed a breather.”

Melbourne Victory now jump into third position on the ladder, two points behind crosstown rivals Melbourne City and five points behind top of the table Sydney FC.

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