Victory left to rue a slow start

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Melbourne Victory coach Jeff Hopkins was left disappointed with his side’s first half performance in a narrow 3-2 loss against Melbourne City.

In a game of two halves, Victory found themselves down 2-0 at the break and Hopkins believes the deficit could have been avoided if not for his team’s mistakes.

“The goals came from the way we played in possession, the turnovers,” Hopkins said.

“We can’t come out and do things at 90 per cent like we did in the first half”.

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The second half was a completely different story as Victory came out firing and found two early goals to bring themselves level. Yet, the home side was not satisfied and continued to push for a winner.

“Once we got ourselves back into the game, we were looking to win the game,” Hopkins said.

Victory’s search for a winning goal came agonisingly close on multiple occasions, but it was City that found a late winner on the counter. Despite such turn of events, Hopkins was proud of his players but admitted some improvement was needed.

“The third goal was a breakaway goal. We were pushing to win the game, I’m proud of the way they tried to do that,” he said.

“One thing we could’ve done better once we went in attack was to stop their counter attacks better. We created a number of top-quality chances. On another day we could have been talking about winning the game.”

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From City’s perspective, this game marks an impressive turnaround from a 6-0 thrashing when these two teams met last week.

Hopkins was quick to recognise their real professional pride to stay in the game right until the end.

Victory will be looking to avoid another slow start when they travel to take on Brisbane Roar next week.

Feature Image Credit: Melbourne City

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