Melbourne Victory lost 2-1 at home to Brisbane Roar Friday night, putting immense pressure on coach Kevin Muscat as the team are now in serious danger of missing out on a top-four spot, if not the finals.
This was Victory’s third consecutive defeat in front of fewer than 15,000 people, one of Victory’s lowest crowds of the season. Worryingly both Muscat and the players were booed throughout the match at AAMI Park.
”The first half was nowhere near good enough, nowhere near acceptable,” Muscat told Fox Sports post match.
”We don’t defend anywhere near desperately enough. The two goals were gifted, we give away the ball in a poor area, leave ourselves vulnerable, and were caught in transition.
”There is no excuse whatsoever for that first-half performance. It has to be addressed. The group we have got … we have to take responsibility for our actions.
”The contrast in halves was frightening. I can understand anyone being disappointed.
”We need to take responsibility for our actions. The mirror is watching that game back. I have told the players don’t shirk responsibility, go and watch the first half.”
The game started with great intent shown by both sides in a fixture that rarely disappoints.
Massimo Maccarone put the Roar ahead in the 10th minute with a fabulous low shot after picking up a poor defensive clearance. The lead was doubled in the 28th minute after Maccarone and Holman combined and the Aussie fired home.
Victory’s James Troisi came off the bench and whilst he wasn’t quite at his dynamic best, he provided the best highlight of the night, producing a stunning strike from distance to cut the margin in the 83rd minute.
It is now time for Muscat and his men to show some urgency with the players taking more responsibility.