Muscat laments sloppy performance despite win

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Regardless of the many positives from Melbourne Victory’s 3-0 win against Western Sydney Wanderers, Kevin Muscat was disappointed with the first half display from his side.

“We didn’t get things right too often which allowed them comfortable possession” Muscat said.

Victory were slow out of the blocks at Etihad Stadium on Saturday night with the Wanderers easily dominating the first 20 or so minutes and both Nicolas Martinez and Jumpei Kusukami pushing the ball around nicely.

“The fact that we didn’t execute the way we wanted to press in the first half it made it very difficult for us.”

“Mitch and Fahid were too wide and that was the catalyst for their midfielders to be able to get possession of the ball”

“But having said that I thought we looked threatening. The one time we did press right we got a chance and we scored the goal.

The opening goal was created off a Wanderers mistake, thanks to Fahid Ben Khalfallah’s pressure.

Aritz Borda coffed the ball up leaving Ben Khalfallah to shoot. Despite Andrew Redmayne’s save Besart Berisha teed up the oncoming Oli Bozanic to score.

Still, despite the first half lead, Muscat wasn’t happy.

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“It wasn’t good enough as a group when we didn’t have the ball”.

Careful with his words after an early run in with referee’s this season, Muscat lamented Jarred Gillett’s decision to disallow Mitch Austin’s goal for offside but also conceded that Kusukami was indeed fouled by Jason Geria early in the second half.

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“I can be honest and the headlines will be tomorrow ‘Muscat slams referee’ when all I was doing being honest.

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The first one was onside and the second one was a penalty”.

Looking at the positives from the match however and Muscat was pleased at the work of both Jai Ingham and new signing Maximilian Beister.

“I couldn’t be anymore pleased for him [Ingham] because it is a reflexion of how he has been working and how he has been training and he got his rewards tonight cause he scored. He showed a lot of composure with speed to set up Maxi for the third as well”.

Both Ingham and Beister scored in the second half with Muscat praising effect that Beister has had on the squad since joining.

“He showed enough smarts and being in the right area and adhering to structure to suggest he is going to help us going forward.”

The German international played out the last 20 minutes of the match looking sharp early on but fading away looking like a man who hadn’t played too much competitive football.

Despite his goal, Muscat was quick to dismiss rumours that Beister would be starting the next match against Wellington Phoenix away.

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