Victory Make is Five In A Row Following 2-0 Defeat Of Adelaide

Melbourne Victory made it five wins in a row following their 2-0 defeat of Adelaide United on Saturday at Marvel Stadium.

Swedish striker Ola Toivonen put in a man of the match performance firstly setting up a goal for Kosta Barbarouses, before adding one of his own in the 81st minute to cap the win.

Toivonen who has 64 caps for Sweden, has scored twice in his four games since returning from a calf injury that caused him to miss the opening three rounds of the Hyundai A-League.

After the match Victory coach Kevin Muscat said his team played with telling patience.

“Obviously pleased. It was a different game for us, obviously it was a different style that we came up against. I thought we had to be really patient and we were. We dominated a lot of territory. At half-time, the focus was to move the ball a little bit quicker and raise the tempo,”he said.

”I thought the game was slowed down at every opportunity in the first half. When we can control things, we want it to be played at a high speed, at a high tempo and that started from Leigh [Broxham], Lawrence [Thomas] and Thomas [Deng] because they had a lot of possession and in the end, I thought we were good value, very good value, for the three points.”

One bone of contention during the match was a Video Assistant Referee (VAR) decision of an incident in the 27th minute of play.  Inside the box, former Victory defender Scott Galloway appeared to use his right hand to keep control of the ball his first touch caused it to bounce upward.

When asked about the incident post match by the media, Muscat erred on the side of caution and was diplomatic with his reply, which is easier to handle coming off a win.