After dropping a tough one to the Western Sydney Wanderers, Ange Postecoglou’s Melbourne Victory needed to get back on track as they faced the struggling Wellington Phoenix. One of the players on the Victory first XI that has been automatic for Melbourne has been Marco Rojas.
When asked of the possibility of making a move the offseason, Rojas said that he was going to stay put.
“At the moment, I just want to turn our form around and get back to getting three points again,” Rojas told Damien Souness for melbournevictory.com.au. “I’m going to be here until the end of the season. I started the season and I want to be here until the end.
“I’m not really worried about the money, it will be about developing my football first and then the money is a bonus. None of my choices will ever revolve around money.”
With Gui Finkler for the rest of the season due to a ruptured anterior cruciate ligament, a number of players could fill in for the Brazilian, including Isaka Cernak, James Jeggo and Billy Celeski. Or a player from the transfer window could be picked up.
“The January window allows clubs to bring players in, so we’ll have a look at it,” Postecoglou told Souness last Friday. “But nothing can happen before January 14th anyway, so the immediate concern is just to make sure we’re right for tomorrow (against Wellington Phoenix).
“Beyond that we’ll have a look at what’s available and make a decision accordingly.”
However, Mark Milligan would be back after serving a suspension. “[Milligan]‘s been a big part of our first half of the year and it’s a heavy program,” Postecoglou added, “so to be able to bring someone like him in who is fresh certainly helps us for tomorrow.”
The Victory’s eventual defense by committee would be showcased against the Phoenix in their 2-0 shutout win. Marcos Flores opened up the scoring in the 43rd minute before Rojas slammed the door shut in the 52nd minute of play.
“For all the clubs, this period is just a massive period of football,” Postecoglou told Ronny Lerner for melbournevictory.com.au. “You’re travelling; you’re playing games one after the other in pretty trying conditions.
“We could hardly train this week because everyone knows what the heat was like in Melbourne but it still saps you. The fact that we’ve come through this four-game period with three wins I think is a massive testament to (not only) the work the players have done but also to their character.”
Melbourne improve to 8-2-5 (26 points) and are currently third in the A-League ladder, four points behind the Central Coast Mariners, whom they will face on Jan. 12 at Aurora Stadium in Launceston, Tasmania.