Lapse in concentration a concern for Muscat

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Following a ten men Melbourne Victory holding on to win a 3-2 classic at AAMI Park last night against Brisbane Roar one would think manager Kevin Muscat would be over the moon with his side’s performance.

Well he wasn’t.

The Victory manager was clearly frustrated at his side’s inability to hold onto their 3-0 lead after 27 minutes thanks to goals from James Troisi, Marco Rojas and Besart Berisha.

“The disappointing thing for me is, when we go three nil up, after we are dragging them all over the place and keeping them in the back third, we stopped taking those risks and being aggressive.

“All of a sudden we are taking a backwards step.

“Through our own fault we got Brisbane back in the game.”

Goals from Dimitri Petratos and a James Donachie own goal saw Brisbane back in the match just before half time.

But the match was blown open in the second half with Besart Berisha being sent off for what referee Chris Beath deemed a stray elbow into the face of Luke De Vere, an incident that Muscat initially didn’t see.

“I was watching the ball” Muscat explained when questioned about the off the ball incident.

“I’ve seen a replay.

“He is really unlucky, I haven’t come across anyone who says it was a red card”

De Vere was targeted by fans who believe that he intentionally and successfully tried to get Berisha sent off yet Muscat tell other wise.

“Luke DeVere came up to me after the game and was embarrassed.

“He said I wasn’t making a meal of it. It was an accident and I told the ref that. Those were his words not mine.”

“I have no reason not to doubt him”

With the red card to Berisha and according to Muscat there being “no grounds to appeal” the Victory will go into next week’s clash against Wellington Phoenix with their tails high.

“In the first 27 minutes [of tonight’s game] we played some good football…we need to make sure we can replicate it”.

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