Three parts to Victory’s three points

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Melbourne Victory claimed their first win at home after finally finding a successful formula on game day.

The 1-0 win over Perth Glory continues on from the side’s 1-0 victory over Brisbane Roar in round three.

If things go their way through the rest of the round, Victory can sit sixth on the ladder and will be able to hold the position if they can maintain the three-parts of tonight’s success.

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The attacking front

Tonight was far from the Ola Toivonen show.

The captain did not have as many shots on goal as usual because finally, the side’s attacking players worked cohesively.

Andrew Nabbout did well in goal assistance and shots on goals. He was unlucky to not convert, particularly after his cross-turn-shot in the 24th minute.

Elvis Kamsoba contributed by assisting the other players and had two shots on target late in the second half.

There were no ball hogs, there was no one player constantly being sought about and relied on to convert.

Victory’s shots may have not been on target but they played smart.

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Now let us talk about Robbie Kruse

The fourth man of the attacking front was the difference for Victory.

Kruse scored the first and only goal for the game in the 33rd minute making it his first back in the navy colours.

It was Kruse’s first start for the season.

Victory head coach Marco Kurz praised Kruse for his performance against Glory.

“He is a special player,” Kurz said.

“He’s a different player, it’s good to have him in the team, good to have him back.”

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The only difficulty Victory have with Kruse is managing his workload to ensure he keeps on top of his injury and does not inflict further strain on himself.

Pure luck

There is no denying Victory looked better than usual but there were also lucky moments in the game that worked in their favour.

The crossbar left Perth shaking their heads as their late attempts hit the top woodwork.

If one of their shots made its way through to the back of the net, Glory would have gained momentum and the game could have become anyone’s to win.

Bruno Fornaroli had a quieter game than usual and was denied a goal he should have scored.

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Kurz agreed it was a bit of luck but said his side worked hard for the three points.

“I think the boys, they fought really well and that’s what we expect from the boys and at the end, you need as well a little bit of game luck,” Kurz said.

You cannot always rely on luck to win a game, but it definitely played its part.

It’s going to take more than each week for Victory to get back to where they were but it’s a lesson to draw from as they prepare to face Western United next week at Geelong.

The question remains, can they make it two-in-a-row for the first time this season.

Feature Image Credit: Ngau Kai Yan

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Tricia Mifsud
Covering Melbourne Victory during the 2019/2020 season. Bachelor of Media and Communications (Sports Journalism) at Latrobe University. Dedicated to writing articles that sports fans want to read.
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