Victory back on track, but Popovic wants more

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True to form, Melbourne Victory coach Tony Popovic expressed his desire for even greater things from his squad after their 3-1 win over Macarthur FC on Friday.

“It was nice to see a dominant performance result in the three points but you always want it to be better,” he said.

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“We didn’t get the clean sheet in the end, and I wanted more goals because you don’t always get an opportunity to really put someone away.

“We missed some chances to maybe get another two or three goals, so that’s something we’ve got to improve.”

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The aforementioned failure to earn the clean sheet came after goalkeeper Ivan Kelava failed to secure a relatively straightforward save in the 90th minute opened the door for Bulls striker Apostolos Giannou to capitalise and score a consolation goal.

This had genuine implications for Victory as they now trail Adelaide United due to fewer goals scored rather than leading on goal difference.

With placings sometimes decided by very small margins, conceding goals in circumstances such as these can be infuriating for a club.

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“(Kelava) didn’t have a save to make all game, and sometimes that can be difficult in a way for goalkeepers in terms of concentration,” he said.

“It’s a mistake and yes we’re disappointed but I’m also happy that as a team we gave no opportunities away to our opponent.

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The win comes at a time when Victory sorely needed some momentum. Having registered three consecutive losses following their FFA Cup triumph, the side has found its footing again after a win over Central Coast Mariners and now against Ante Milicic’s side.

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Victory faces an enormous month of football, including games against the two top sides in the competition, as well as a trip to Japan to face Vissel Kobe for an AFC Champions League qualifier. And while the momentum they’ve built on the back of stringing a couple of wins together will certainly do them a great deal of good, Popovic wants to keep the focus on the present as much as possible.

“We can’t really look ahead because the games come thick and fast,” he said.

“My focus and the team’s focus is on Central Coast, those other games will come and they’ll take care of themselves.

Feature Image Credit: Ngau Kai Yan

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Third Year Undergraduate Arts Student at Monash University (Journalism Major). Generic sports tragic living out my failed dreams of going pro vicariously through other people.

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