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Victory resting up after A-League slog

  • Victory resting up after A-League slog

Melbourne Victory will take a well-deserved break after sailing through an early A-League examination.

The A-League champions have played five matches in 23 days; winning all five and collecting the FFA Cup on the way.

It's been a tough slog for Kevin Muscat's side and the club now enjoys a nine-day break to look back on their successes.

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Speaking on ABC radio after the match, Broxham said the focus against the Mariners on Thursday night was squarely on consolidating their 4-2 away win over Sydney FC.

"It was reiterated that we've had a couple of big wins but they don't mean anything if you can't back it up," he said.

"That was the message and we backed it up toinight."

Muscat was keen to underline their latest wins came under added duress.

On Thursday night, Victory were without star man Besart Berisha (soreness), captain Carl Valeri (hamstring tightness) and Olyroo Jason Geria.

All three will contend for their next fixture, against Adelaide United on Saturday week.

Muscat said the tight turnaround contributed to Berisha missing the 2-1 win over Central Coast, saying he would have been under a "high risk" of worsening his condition.

He added that "one or two more" would have sat out the Mariners match if he had more senior players available.

"I've got to commend the ones who have stuck in there," he said.

"We didnt look as sharp as we'd want to be as that game drew on but we did enough in the first half to get a commanding lead."

Victory will face further tests.

December brings a string of four away days in a row - including the league's extremities of Perth and Wellington.

A return to mid-week Asian Champions League action comes in the new year.

But with match-winners like Gui Finkler in the team, Muscat is right to be confident as they pass this milestone.

Finkler scored twice in three minutes - the first after a sumptuous one-two with Oliver Bozanic and then a textbook free-kick - to seal the 2-1 win.

"Our first goal was some very good football," Muscat said.

"His second one, we've seen him do that a number of times."

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