March 04, 2015 11:46:29 UK
Carl Valeri can’t wait for the chance to make up for Melbourne Victory’s disappointing 3-2 home defeat to Wellington Phoenix.
Victory twice had the lead against Ernie Merrick’s side, and looked on course to pick up the three points that would have taken them top of the A-League table.
They were ultimately made to pay for some missed chances – none more so than Besart Berisha’s first-half penalty that hit the post – as Wellington picked up their first ever away win against Melbourne.
The chance is there again on Saturday when Valeri and his teammates come up against leaders Perth Glory knowing that a win will take them above the visitors with a game in hand.
Melbourne Victory are 3.25 to win the Grand Final.
Valeri said of the defeat to the Phoenix: “It should make us angry; I know I’m angry. I’m going to take that anger into the game on Saturday.
“I’m not saying I’m going to kick them, but I’m going to take what it felt like to lose against Wellington and I’m sure the other boys will, too.”
Victory are looking for their first win of the season against Kenny Lowe’s side. They lost 2-1 in Geelong in January and then blew a 3-1 lead with 15 minutes to go when they were held 3-3 at nib Stadium three weeks later.
Valeri said the team’s failing against Wellington had been a lack of concentration, which they were determined to put right against Perth.
“It is disappointing, but we put ourselves in this position and we believe we can get out,” he added. “We believe in ourselves, we believe in our structure.”
Victory are 1.75 to beat Perth, who are 4.60 with the draw 3.60.
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