Ange Postecoglou’s Melbourne Victory needed to get right after failing to put away the Newcastle Jets at Hunter Stadium in Newcastle. They had their opportunity against the Wellington Phoenix at Etihad Stadium in Melbourne.
For fan favorite Archie Thompson, he believes that the time is now for the Victory hit the ground running again.
“Ange has got a game plan that he wants us guys to play and that involves me starting out wide, but it’s starting to click,” Thompson told Dejan Kalinic for melbournevictory.com.au. “You see patches it’s working and we know what we want to do. It works at training. It’s just a matter of us taking it out onto matchday. It’s coming around.
“I thought we were unlucky last week not to get a win (against Newcastle). We’re a better team than to be on the bottom of the ladder.”
Indeed, the Victory got it done, but they had to work for it. Marco Rojas earned a brace in the 23rd and 48th minutes of play and Marcos Flores added insurance in the 38th minute to give the Victory a 3-2 victory over the Wellington Phoenix.
Credit must go to the Nix, who gave the home fans at Etihad a scare when Jeremy Brockie scored his own brace in the 81st minute and the second minute of stoppage time.
But the No. 1 ingredient to Melbourne’s success on Monday against Wellington was the play of Brazilian Gui Finkler, who Postecoglou prized for his years of experience.
“I haven’t seen one (foreigner) really hit the ground running and be outstanding from day one and I’ve dealt with probably some of the best ones that have come into this country,” Postecoglou toldDamien Souness for melbournevictory.com.au. “And that’s a testament to our league. It doesn’t matter about your pedigree or quality; you can’t just stroll in here and dominate.
“It’s a hard competition and he’s getting used to that. From our point of view, we can see at training that he’s a good player and he’s a quality player. I think what we saw tonight is what we’ve been seeing in training.”
Melbourne continue their season on Nov. 10 in a glamour showdown with one of their biggest rivals in the competition: Alessandro Del Piero and Sydney FC at Allianz Stadium in Sydney.