Victory secure point despite controversy

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Melbourne Victory secured a hard-fought 1-1 draw against the Central Coast Mariners despite having an initial equaliser controversially ruled out.

An early Matt Simon header at AAMI Park was cancelled out by Callum McManaman’s strike, but the hosts could have had more if Rudy Gestede’s goal was allowed to stand.

Victory’s caretaker coach Steve Kean said he was proud of his team’s effort in the second half to secure a draw.

“It’s good to get a response,” he said.

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“We pressed higher up the pitch, we gave more service to the front unit.”

With that said, he wants that level of intensity to last throughout the 90 minutes.

“We can’t keep on giving ourselves a mountain to climb by only starting in the second half,” Kean said.

“That’s the thing we need to improve on.”

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On this occasion however, only performing for one half could have been enough to secure all three points if not for some controversy.

This was recognised by Kean who was left confused by the decision to disallow Gestede’s 51st minute header for an alleged foul.

“It’s a strange decision, I felt, that the first goal was disallowed,” he said.

“I thought the goal should have stood.

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Maybe that gives us some extra minutes with some extra momentum.”

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On the other end of the field, Victory only conceded one goal for the second game in a row.

This is seen as a major improvement to conceding 12 goals in two matches prior to that.

“The players deserve credit for that because they listen to the information that we’re giving them on the daily basis about defensive structure,” Kean said.

“The pleasing thing for us – the staff, is that we can see our work on the pitch.

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Victory will look to extend their improved defensive record as they take on Macarthur FC on Thursday night.

Feature Image Credit: Ngau Kai Yan

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