Barbarouses haunts Victory in tight Big Blue

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Former Melbourne Victory star Kosta Barbarouses scored against his old employers in the Big Blue to hand his new club a 2-1 win.

One of the biggest rivalries in the A-League rarely needs any extra spice. The Kiwi’s move to the harbour city created further hostility between the clubs’ respective fans, but it’s all part of the game for Barbarouses.

The 29-year-old silenced his critics in the Big Blue, scoring the winner in front of his new fans in Kogarah.

Barbarouses insists there was no difference in his approach to the match compared to any other.

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“I just tried to normalise it, he said.

“I want to do my stuff for the team I represent now.

“It was a good performance from us and we all should be very proud.”

Barbarouses endured a tough week of criticism from his former fans but said it is just a part of being a footballer.

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“I do not make a big fuss over it (the criticism), he said.

“I am old enough to know what my job is and to not listen to any of the outside stuff.

“I think I handled it pretty well and it was good to get another goal and the winner.”

The result is significant in terms of the ladder – Sydney now move into second with a game in hand on first.

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Coach Steve Corica says Barbarouses has played a significant part in these results.

“It was great for him tonight up against his former club, he said.

“Obviously it was an important game for him.

“It is a big game – a lot of pressure for him – we are just pleased he scored again and a vital goal at that.”

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Asked whether he would have liked Barbarouses to remain at Melbourne, Victory coach Marco Kurtz quickly refuted a response.

“This is not question for me, he is not my player”, he said.

With Sydney clawing out another win, the positives seem to be outweighing negatives on the harbour.

They travel to Perth next weekend for a grand final rematch which will provide further evidence into their title aspirations.

Feature image credit: Jaime Castaneda

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Jordan Warren
Jordan Warren
Football mad, Bachelor of Journalism student at UOW. Liverpool to win the league. Covering Sydney FC in the A-League and W-League for 2019-20.

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