Muscat disappointed in Victory’s failure to convert

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After a 1-1 draw at home to Perth Glory, Melbourne Victory only have themselves to blame following a number of missed opportunities that should have given them the three points.

Coach Kevin Muscat was unhappy with his side’s inability to grab a win against a depleted Perth Glory side on Friday night.

“We knew what to expect and having said that we devised a plan to be able to create some chances, and we certainly did that.”

“Right now, and tonight and possibly creeping into tomorrow morning I’ll still be disappointed”

The Victory had 20 shots on goal however weren’t able to take the lead at AAMI Park.

“We couldn’t finish [Perth] off.”

But Muscat was still conscious of the fact that his side were dominant throughout the 90 minutes.

“It would be far more disappointing if we didn’t create opportunities”.

“The most disappointing thing is the way we coughed up our goal. We can’t give anyone a head start and that is what we did.

Thanks to a mistake in midfield Perth’s Nebojsa Marinkovic released Chris Harold down the flank with a magical ball who then cut the ball back to Andy Keogh at the top of the box.

Keogh then blasted the ball past Lawrence Thomas in the seventeenth minute to notch up his seventh goal of the season.

Central defensive pairing James Donachie and Alan Baro were rarely tested during the match but Muscat was upset at the school boy defending from his players for the goal.

“The one time that we were tested we conceded. It’s disappointing. That’s the only thing that is really bothering me right now.”

After conceding Victory rallied and equalised thanks to another defensive mistake, this time from Dino Djulbic in the 41st minute.

After Rojas whipped in the ball from the right flank Djulbic air-swinged the clearance letting the ball land at Besart Berisha’s feet who finished from almost four yards out, a goal that left a sour taste in Glory manager Kenny Lowe’s mouth.

“We gave them a really crap goal before half time” Lowe said.

“Don’t get me wrong they were on top and they probably deserved a goal. But to give away a goal of that ilk, it just throws you”

Muscat however was happy with Berisha’s work rate in the game.

“[Berisha] got his goal tonight through sheer hard work and being in there enough times and on another night he would’ve gotten a couple more.”

Despite his team were out-played for vast periods of the game, Lowe was proud of his sides’ efforts.”

“But you have got to give us some credit at the end of the day for being courageous…[we] didn’t roll over and buckle.

“Obviously everyone wants to play a wonderful game…but there is another side of the game.

“We didn’t want to lose that game.”

The result leaves Victory in third place on the ladder before they head to Sydney to face Western Sydney Wanderers next week.

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