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Edgy Victory baffle Kevin Muscat

  • Edgy Victory baffle Kevin Muscat

How do you solve a problem like Melbourne Victory?

Coach Kevin Muscat isn't too sure what's affecting his team - but insists hard work is the cure.

A share of the spoils in a 1-1 draw with Perth Glory didn't satisfy Muscat on Sunday, even if it snapped a four-game losing streak.

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On balance, Victory deserved a win, though they struggled to create clear-cut chances.

Fahid Ben Khalfallah missed the easiest opportunity, volleying Kosta Barbarouses' fine cross over the bar from close range without a goalkeeper to be seen.

It's a mystery to Muscat why Victory are now missing chances, when last year they were pounding the back of the net.

"I thought the goal (a Besart Berisha converted penalty after 25 minutes) would settle us down after the past (month)," he said.

"(But) you can just sense that little bit of doubt creeping in in that final third.

"It's hard for me to say (what it is) because I'm not out there. Everybody's a little bit edgy."

While it's his offence that brings the headaches, Muscat rebuked his defenders too with a pointed post-match reference to not being able to keep a clean sheet.

The former Socceroo said the only certainty was that hard work lay ahead to fix the issues.

"If we wait for that one moment in a game, you run the risk of it not appearing," he said.

"So it starts tomorrow. We get back in and we recover and we look to get better."

While Muscat wore a post-match grimace, Perth Glory boss Kenny Lowe was all smiles after Diego Castro converted a 74th-minute penalty to secure the draw.

Lowe hasn't lost to Victory in his two A-League seasons as Glory's full-time coach - although his side were defeated in the FFA Cup final last month.

The likeable coach said his match preparations started with Berisha and the three attackers just behind him.

"Nullify the front four, if you can take care of them you've got half a chance," he said.

"But I tell you what, it's a big ask."

That includes a tight man-marking job on Berisha, which fell to Michael Thwaite on Sunday.

"The battle with Thwaitey and Berisha, I'd have paid to watch that," Lowe said.

"Both of them were bang up for it ... it was a joy to watch."

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