Is it just me or are Melbourne Victory becoming more frustrating to watch than having a mosquito buzzing around your ear as you try to sleep. On one hand you are comfortable as your head sinks deep in to your pillow only for the high pitch buzz to shake you out of your slumber. Itís only small and shouldnít make such a racket but as you try get rid of the day from your bones it almost sounds like a Boeing 747 flying just ten feet from your house.
For Victory fans that settled down in their seats at AAMI Park this afternoon to watch the blues take on Wellington it was in the knowledge that we would once again be dominant in the attacking third. But despite knowing Gui Finkler and Co would create a hat full of chances we all knew that a hole in the defensive mosquito net meant we were never in danger of having a comfortable night.
The deep dark blue are set up to play on the front foot and that is it. Coach Kevin Muscat has nailed the FFAís national curriculum and has his side playing out nicely from the back. They are clever and intricate in and around the box and as individuals the back four defend stoutly with last-ditch tackles and decent reading of the game. But as an opposition you know that Victory will always present you with goal scoring opportunities no matter how far behind you are. At set pieces in particular we are all over the shop. The zonal marking system that Muscy employs simply doesnít work or they donít spend enough time on it in training to have their roles nailed down at dead ball situations. If that is the case then itís a naivety within the coaching department that needs to change.
From the moment Besart Berisha smashed a penalty off the post there was an uneasy feeling around the stands that it would be one of those days. Scott Gallowayís first A-League goal eased the tension a little, but when Roly Bonevacia smashed in a free kick just before half time the rumblings began again.
Victory dominated the early part of the second period and Kosta Barbarouses slotted home in the 54th minute after a typically mesmerizing move to make it 2-1. It was the tricky wingers fourth in four games and there was real hope we would go on and kill the game off.
But in the 68th minute Michael Boxall ghosted in un marked to nod home another Bonevacia† free and at that point the team from New Zealand seemed to have all the momentum. Things had gone a little flat for Victory and even the introduction of Archie Thompson for his 200th A-League appearance failed to wake Muscatís men. In the end it was Socceroo Nathan Burns that sealed the deal with a close range finish to give his side a deserved 3-2 win against a Melbourne team that could have gone top of the league with a win.
This particular script is becoming all to common for Victory and you just get the feeling that if the issues arenít sorted out soon we could miss out all together at the end of the season. It may be time for Muscy to do something crazy and be a little different. With Delpierre fully recovered from injury maybe going three at the back will ease some of the wobbles and just give the opposition coaches something else to think about. Or maybe having the experienced defender back in the line up to help organize will be enough. Who knows, but I donít think my heart will take watching us throw away another three points against Perth next Saturday.