Last touch of the game lifts Victory off the bottom

-

Melbourne Victory secured a 1-1 draw against Melbourne City in dramatic circumstances to get off the bottom of the table in their final match of the season.

Lleyton Brooks’ strike with the last touch of the game proved to be crucial in securing an upset result.

In what was also likely his final game in charge, caretaker coach Steve Kean felt like the draw was deserved.

“We feel we had enough clear-cut chances to at least get a point,” he said.

“We deserved a point.”

Embed from Getty Images

In particular, Kean was pleased with the goal-scorer Brooks, who turned the game around after coming on as a substitute.

“He always has to keep on thinking about his defensive side, but with the ball he can put his crosses in. He can get one on one with people. He’s popped up with a good finish.

“He’s a good player, there’s no doubt about that,” said the caretaker coach.

At the other end of the field, it was Matt Acton’s heroics which kept City to only one goal. This was also recognised by Kean.

“For Matty [Acton], the good thing is that he’s a top professional. He trains like a man possessed every day,” he said.

“He kept us in the game with vital saves at vital times. He’s been great.”

Embed from Getty Images

With the A-League season now over, Victory’s focus turns to an FFA Cup play-off match with the Perth Glory. When that match will be played, is yet to be decided.

In the meantime, Victory would be hoping for a Newcastle Jets loss against City next week if they are to avoid finishing bottom.

Feature Image Credit: Melbourne City

Enjoy this content? Support The Football Sack

Due in part to COVID and lack of current sponsorship we are at risk of not having the funds to continue running The Football Sack. If you enjoy our content and support our work in training talented young writers, please support us with a donation. If every reader contributed just $3, our funding would be covered for over ten years.

DONATE

Learn with us

Bogdan Vlasyuk
Total football fanatic. Supporter of the Melbourne Victory and Dynamo Kyiv 🙂

Latest Articles

Love your football?
Subscribe to our weekly football wrap. During the season we'll send you all the week's football action straight to your inbox.
* indicates required