Defender Daniel Mullen and Melbourne Victory defeated Wellington Phoenix 3-2 on Sunday at Westpac Stadium in Wellington, New Zealand. Photo courtesy Football Federation Australia.

A-League: Melbourne Victory end regular season on a high


Ange Postecoglou’s Melbourne Victory wanted to end their 2012-13 Hyundai A-League regular season on a wave of momentum. However, their opponents, Wellington Phoenix, were proving to be more of a test on the road at Westpac Stadium in Wellington, New Zealand.

“We are in third place now and it’s up to us to lose it so we want to go out and get the three points to make sure that doesn’t happen,” defender Daniel Mullen told Jonathan Healy for melbournevictory.com.au. “Coming into finals we want to have, not just a win, but a nice game where we dictate and do the things we want to do.

“If we can keep a clean sheet, if we can get some goals then that’s going to important coming into finals.”

The Victory would face Perth Glory, the same Perth Glory team that stunned them 3-2 at AAMI Park last week.

“To put in a performance like that was, as the coach said, was disrespectful to them and to the club, so we’re going to try and rectify that this week obviously,” Mullen said of the Victory’s display against Perth. “It wasn’t good enough, it wasn’t good enough for the fans that come out and support us week in, week out.

“We’re still working hard at training and in games trying to execute our plan, the way that we want to play. In the last few weeks, okay some games it hasn’t come off, but we’re looking forward to this game and we’re just going to go out and do the same things.”

“If people think coaches go around contriving results, most coaches are all in the business of winning games of football,” Postecoglou said to Luke Sheehan for melbournevictory.com.au. “And from our perspective tomorrow, regardless of what happens tonight, we want to go in there and play well tomorrow and be ready for next week.”

It was a goal festival, with Melbourne prevailing, 3-2. Marco Rojas (10′), Marcos Flores (56′) and Archie Thompson (83′) were all in on goal for the Victory. Wellington didn’t go down without a fight, getting goals from Stein Huysegems (64′) and Jeremy Brockie (66′).

Melbourne Victory now have massive momentum heading into their Elimination Final with Perth Glory. Kickoff at Etihad Stadium in Melbourne is scheduled for Apr. 5 at 7:30 p.m. AEDT and will be televised locally by FOX Sports 1.

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