Ange Postecoglou’s Melbourne Victory had their work cut out for them when they traveled to Hindmarsh Stadium in Adelade to take on Adelaide United. One player that the Victory were hoping to be available was defender Adema Traore, but he would be out due to injury.
He’s had a bit of a quad strain last week, and he hasn’t trained at all,” the Victory coach said at Gosch’s Paddock on Thursday to Luke Sheehan for melbournevictory.com.au. “We were hoping he’d get out there today, but he was still a bit sore … if we throw him out there, we might lose him for five or six (matches) or we’ll have to do without him.
“He’s been training really well, he deserved his spot last time, and he gets another chance. That’s how football works. As I kept saying to him, I can’t give him a definite date on when they get their opportunity, you have just got to be ready when you get it.”
There was no pressure on Victory midfielder Marcos Flores to deliver, as Adelaide came into the match as heavy favorites, but Flores himself didn’t seem to mind one bit.
“It’s beautiful, pressure. If that is how we call pressure, I want to have that pressure all my life,” Flores told Sheehan. “Pressure is living in Argentina, and don’t have good salary to feed your family – that is pressure.
“But I live a good life, and I am doing what I love and every team-mate is doing what we love, and we are in one important club, and we want to do our best.”
Rookie Andrew Nabbout, who has seen plenty of playing time this season for the Melbourne Victory, was hoping for a strong performance against Adelaide.
“I hope in the next few games to get these fitness levels up because I want to be at the levels of the other boys to keep up during the game,” Nabbout told Sheehan “In the last game [against Central Coast Mariners], I found myself puffing in the first 20 minutes, so that can’t happen throughout the season. I’ve just got to keep working hard, and listen to the coaches, and I’ll get there very soon.”
Melbourne were forced to chase the game just minutes into the contest and proceeded to get doubled-up, 4-2, at Hindmarsh. Andrew Nabbout scored for the Victory in the fifth minute and Marco Rojas added a second in the 47th minute of play, but Melbourne played one of its worst first halves of football, conceding four in the first 32 minutes of action. With the defeat, Melbourne drop to 5-4-1 (16 points).
The season will not get any easier for Melbourne Victory, who will now have to continue their season on Dec. 15 against the Brisbane Roar at AAMI Park in Melbourne.