Muscat: Lapses of concentration costing us

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Melbourne Victory head coach Kevin Muscat is frustrated by basic errors that lead to costly goals conceded.

Victory slumped to a 2-1 defeat against Adelaide United which was a rare win for the Reds at Etihad Stadium.

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Muscat believes it could’ve been a different outcome had his team been switched on for the full 90 minutes.

“We give ourselves a mountain to climb with lapses of concentration,” he said.

“Someone’s six or seven yards out on a set-piece with a free header so that’s nothing else but concentration [errors].”

Muscat believes that while he sees some promise in his team’s performance he thinks that it might be a case of not working hard at all times to build momentum and provide more consistent output.

“We get a deserved goal … [but] we fall into a false sense of security because we get the equaliser,” he said.

“It’s just understanding what got us the equaliser, we don’t maintain [that workrate].”

“We’re not as aggressive, allowing crosses to come in and they got a body in the box and no one’s marking him.”

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Last week Muscat’s side completed a 3-2 comeback against Wellington Phoenix and he feels it’s the same old story.

He is left to ponder how Victory are not making it easy for themselves with mistakes and poor concentration happening too frequently.

“It’s something that’s got to be addressed because we’re just giving ourselves too much to do,” he said.

“In relation to the football there was one team going on to win that game and somehow we’ve managed to find a way to lose it.”

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Victory have AFC Champions League group-stage matches coming soon, meaning it’s crucial for them to pick up points before the schedule starts to get busy.

Muscat understands the pre-season expectations of the club are currently not being met.

“I certainly can’t shy away from the fact that we’re not achieving the level of expectation that’s required,” he said.

“We’ve certainly got the squad to do that but individually we’ve all got to take responsibility for our actions out there.”

“We’ve given ourselves a lot to do week in week out, it’s not helping the cause.”

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