Kevin Muscat’s Melbourne Victory were looking to bounce back from a couple of tough one-goal losses when they faced Josep Gombau’s Adelaide United at Etihad Stadium in Melbourne.
“We had a couple of bad decisions that night and on any other night we probably would have won four or five nil, so there is a sense of wanting to get one back over them and I think Saturday night is a perfect opportunity for that,” Nichols told the press on Tuesday. “It’s going to be another entertaining game.
“We’ve improved a lot since then and if we stick to our structure and be disciplined and play the way we want to play, then I don’t see us having a problem on Saturday night.”
Melbourne Victory v Adelaide United
Saturday, November 23, 7:30pm
Referee: Ben Williams
Assistant Referee 1: Matthew Cream
Assistant Referee 2: Hakan Anaz
Fourth Official: Alex Azcurra
Melbourne Victory Squad: 1. Nathan COE (GK), 2. Pablo CONTRERAS, 3. Adama TRAORE, 4.Nick ANSELL, 5. Mark MILLIGAN, 6. Leigh BROXHAM, 7. Gui FINKLER, 9. Kosta BARBAROUSES, 10. Archie THOMPSON, 11. Connor PAIN, 13. Andrew NABBOUT, 14. James TROISI, 15. Mitch NICHOLS, 16. Rashid MAHAZI, 20. Lawrence THOMAS (GK), 23. Adrian LEIJER, 24, Scott GALLOWAY. 25, Jason GERIA
**two to be omitted**
Ins: 9. Kosta BARBAROUSES, 5. Mark MILLIGAN (returning from international duty)
1. Eugene GALEKOVIC (c)
3. Nigel BOOGAARD
4. Jon McKAIN
5. Osama MALIK
9. Sergio CIRIO
10. Marcelo CARRUSCA
11. Bruce DJITE
13. Steven LUSTICA
14. Cameron WATSON
17. Awer MABIL
18. Michael ZULLO
19. Jake BARKER-DAISH
21. Tarek ELRICH
22. Fabio FERREIRA
30. John HALL
Two to be omitted
Kick-Off: 7.45pm AEDT
History: Victory 15, Adelaide 10, Drawn 6
Betting: $1.75 Melbourne Victory, $3.75 Draw, $4.50 Adelaide
TV: Fox Sports 1 (LIVE)
Adrian Leijer was sent off in the 45th minute for a second yellow card in the first half, but it didn’t slow down the Victory, who powered their way to a 3-0 victory over Adelaide. Kosta Barbarouses (14′), Archie Thompson (68′) and Nichols (76′) scored for Melbourne.
|Melb Victory||Match Completed||Adelaide|
|1||HALF TIME SCORE||0|
|4||SHOTS ON GOAL||4|
“We made it tough for ourselves going down to 10-men into half-time, but the boys dug deep and I think the changing point was when Coey (Nathan Coe) made that brilliant penalty save and we went down the other end and we scored – we just dug deep for 90 minutes and the boys did really well,” Barbarouses said after the match. “We felt a little bit dejected (at half-time) – we had been playing really well that first half – we knew the whole game plan changes when you go down to 10-men.
“We had to recuperate and be really tight in the second half and I think we did do that. We hung on and we took our chances when we got them as well. We didn’t stop believing we were going to get a few more chances and we dug deep and got our rewards.”
Up next for Melbourne Victory is a match with the Central Coast Mariners at Bluetongue Stadium in Gosford. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. AEDT and will be televised by Fox Sports 1 in Australia and BT Sport worldwide.