After a 4-2 caning against the likes of Adelaide United, Melbourne Victory Ange Postecoglou was hoping for a more inspired effort against the Brisbane Roar, a team that blew them apart in the first meeting, 5-0. Sitting in the middle of the table, Melbourne knew that a statement victory over the defending A-League champions would put them in the chase for the playoffs later in the year.
“We actually played quite well when we had the ball, we didn’t play well when we didn’t have it,” Postecoglou told Greig Johnston for melbournevictory.com.au on Friday. “I couldn’t fault the players’ effort. We’re a team that’s going to try and win every game of football. Regardless of whether we’re undermanned, home or away or the opponent, we try and win. When you’re intent’s always to win, and you don’t play well, you’re going to get punished.
“I think we’re laying the foundations of the team we want to be and that is to be a very attacking team. For a team that hasn’t really been consistent in our general play, we’re very threatening. If we can put it all together, medium- to long-term, I think we’ll be an exciting team. A team that supporters will be excited to watch on week-in, week-out basis.”
After Ben Halloran opened up the scoring for Brisbane in the 24th minute of play, Melbourne’s Mark Milligan put the match on level terms in the 49th minute to give the Victory a hard-fought 1-1 draw at AAMI Park.
Victory captain Adrian Leijer was impressed with what he saw from his team (VIDEO). However, the boss was not so pleased, as expected.
“I won’t accept anything less than winning the whole thing,” Postecoglou told James Ranson of Omnisport. “First half-hour was as good as we’ve played all year and in the second half I thought we were good as well. It’s two points dropped but I’m really happy with the way we played, I’m trying to beat myself up about it but I can’t.
“In terms of ladder position we’re okay at the moment, it’s a really tight league and we wanted to win today to keep touch with the top two. But if we just focussed on that we’d be missing the real goal and that is for us to continue to develop our football so that when it does click during the business end of the season it does click and we’re playing some good football.”
With the draw, Melbourne improve to 5-4-2 (17 points) and are third on the A-League ladder after 11 rounds. Up next for the Victory is the next leg of the City Derby with Melbourne Heart on Dec. 22 at AAMI Park.