Melbourne Victory Coach Kevin Muscat has told his defence that he expects better after they threw away a chance to go top of the table in the weekendís 3-2 loss to Wellington Phoenix.
Victory were 2-1 up early in the second half thanks to goals from Scott Galloway and Kosta Barbarouses only for another defensive capitulation late in the game. The deep dark blues allowed a free header from a Roly Bonevacia free kick before Nathan Burns took advantage of some slack defending to get himself a late tap in.
It wasnít the first time Muscatís men have thrown away such an advantage after Perth Glory and Sydney FC benefitted from their slack work to steal points earlier in the season. Itís becoming such a worry for fans that no matter how far ahead their side gets they simply canít shake the twitchy bum feeling that the opposition are always in with a chance.†
"It goes without saying that we've got to defend set-pieces better," Muscat told SBS, before stating that there would be no finger pointing and that the team must improve as whole to see out games.
"Having said that, we can't just point the finger because we had a number of chances to score at the other end as well. Someone shouldn't be unmarked in that area so close to goal," he continued.
"But there were a number of other things we could have done better as well. They were the same boys who've maybe shown inexperience when we've won games.
ďThey're the same players - just because we've got beaten we're not going to point the finger at them.
"They've been up against just as good players in other games and we've triumphed. We weren't pointing the finger at inexperience then."
One plus point for Victory was the return of Matthieu Delpierre who came on as a late substitute after a significant time out with injury. Many expect the Frenchman to come back in to the starting line up against Perth on Saturday and are hoping that his experience will help organize a somewhat disjointed backline.