March 09, 2015 09:25:00 UK
Melbourne Victory coach Kevin Muscat is pleased with the way his side is showing their intent as the A-League season approaches its climax.
Victory went into their home clash with Perth with the chance to take over from the visitors at the top of the table.
Their 1-1 draw instead ended up costing them two places, as both Sydney FC and Wellington Phoenix picked up wins.
The table, though, is the closest it has been in years with just four points separating the top five and Muscat’s side are well placed as they have a game in hand on all their premiership rivals.
I was pleased with the way we performed and thought we dominated. From here until the end of the season we’ve got to win football games, and in finals.
Victory, who are 10/3 to win the Grand Final, needed to come from behind to grab a point, Daniel Georgievski levelling in the second half at AAMI Park.
Muscat, though, felt his side had been the only one playing to win the match as Perth – without a win in six games coming into the round – had been content to come away with a share of the spoils.
“I thought we showed a clear intent to try and win the football game,” said the coach.
“It was evident to me that there was one team trying to win the game. They put a lot of men behind the ball.”
Muscat added: “I was pleased with the way we performed and thought we dominated. From here until the end of the season we’ve got to win football games, and in finals.”
The Victory coach was upset with the officials’ decision not to give offside against Andy Keogh when he put Perth in front just before the break.
The former Ireland international could have been fractionally offside, TV replays suggested.
Having taken just a point from two consecutive home games, Victory now face contrasting away matches. They take on bottom side Western Sydney on Friday before travelling to Adelaide United who are just a point behind them in the table.
Victory are 2.05 to beat Wanderers, who are 3.50 with the draw 3.40.
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