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Muscat not fretting over Victory losses

  • Muscat not fretting over Victory losses

Kevin Muscat is alert to Melbourne Victory's A-League table slide, but he's not alarmed.

The Victory lost a second match on the trot for the first time in nearly two years on Saturday when they were undone 2-0 by in-form Western Sydney, with winger Romeo Castelen creating the assist for Mark Bridge's opener and scoring the second himself.

The scoreline mirrored last week's against Wellington on a dodgy pitch and leaves the former ladder leaders in third and six points adrift of the first-placed Wanderers.

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Despite being customarily classy, the defending champions are developing a concerning pattern of not banking wins away from home.

But any suggestion they are on the verge of a mini crisis was nonsense to Muscat.

While vexed his team missed early chances and conceded a goal in transition, the coach was quick to point out the quality Victory were facing in the Wanderers.

"It's disappointing, of course it is," Muscat said.

"But that performance on another night away from home gets you three points.

"We came up against a team that was good on the night also, and in the main moments they took their goals.

"We've had a bit of a tough spell, couple of games away from home and we travel to Perth on Wednesday so we look forward to that now and righting a few wrongs."

Victory are midway through a testing schedule involving three away matches in 11 days and travel spanning New Zealand to Perth.

The squad will have four days to recover for Wednesday's Glory clash at nib Stadium before returning home for the season's second Melbourne derby.

However Muscat was unwilling to use it as justification for the losses.

"I'm not going to sit here and try and even allude that that's any part of the reason or excuse," he said.

"We've got to go away ... it's a challenge, it's a great challenge.

"Winning this competition is not easy, and along the way there's some difficult challenges you've got to overcome."

Muscat was hoping to have more news about the length of Carl Valeri's absence early next week after the ill captain undergoes more tests.

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