Melbourne Victory boss, Kevin Muscat, admits his side was a little fortunate to come away with all three points after a scrappy night at AAMI Park. The deep dark blues were expected to brush the lowly Central Coast Mariners aside and continue their challenge at the top of the table. But things didnít look like going to plan when they fell behind to an Isaka Cernak header mid way through the first half.
†The Mariners had come to have a go and pressed Victory high up the pitch restricting their free flowing counter attacking style. But, just when it looked as though Besart Berisha and Co were in danger of losing and sliding outside the top four, Brazilian playmaker Gui Finkler stepped up to rescue his side.
†The Fink has been relatively quiet in recent weeks, playing second fiddle to the rampant Fahid Ben Khalfallah. But with FBK on peripheral all evening it was time for Victoryís No 10 to do his thing with two wonderful strikes.
[quote]"We have got match winners. When that moment arrives they step up." Kevin Muscat [/quote]
†"It took us an eternity in that first half to get settled. We created a numerical advantage in the middle of the park every time we had the ball. We weren't composed enough, both teams gave the ball away," said Muscat in the after match press conference.
†"There is a lot of expectation and nerves around everyone and maybe that played a part tonight.†
"Tonight it was Gui's turn, he didn't let us down. Two moments of composure, two moments of brilliance, that wins us the game."
†Nathan Coe was certainly the busy of the two and an insistence on always playing out from the back despite a high press saw us give the ball away far too often. I loved the eight minute cameo from youngster George Howard who looked full of pace and confidence and there is no doubt that he should be given more opportunities in the near future
†This one will be chalked down as three points gained and quickly for gotten about I am sure especially with finals time quickly approaching and an all important top of the table clash with Wellington lined up on Easter Sunday.†