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View from the Melbourne Victory: November 29, 2013

Kevin Muscat’s Melbourne Victory were looking to build on their result against Adelaide United last week when they traveled to Bluetongue Stadium in Gosford to face Graham Arnold’s Central Coast Mariners. With Leigh Broxham and Adrian Leijer out due to suspension, young guns Jason Geria and Nick Ansell were to answer the call.

Melbourne Victory logo.

Melbourne Victory logo.

“We pay the price with these two being out, so it is disappointing,” Muscat told “The two boys (who come in for this week) have got an opportunity to impress. Like the week before Rashid (Mahazi) kept his place in the team because of his excellent performance against Western Sydney – everyone’s got that opportunity.

“I respect Central Coast, they are a good team. ‘Mossy’ will help them, they are determined as ever and structured as ever and on their home patch they are a difficult team to beat. Having said that, I maintain that if we get ourselves right and we will hopefully come back with the three points.”

Friday, 29 November 2013
Central Coast Mariners v Melbourne Victory
Bluetongue Stadium, Gosford
Kick-off: 7.30pm local (7:30pm AEDT)
Referee: Kris Griffiths-Jones
Assistant Referee 1: Ryan Gallagher
Assistant Referee 2: Lance Greenshields
Fourth Official: Adam Gehrig

TV broadcast: 6.30pm (AEDT) Live coverage on FOX Sports 1HD, SBS 2 and Sky Sport 2 (New Zealand).

Melbourne Victory Squad:
1.Nathan COE (go), 2.Pablo CONTRERAS, 3.Adama TRAORE, 4.Nick ANSELL, 5.Mark MILLIGAN, 7.Gui FINKLER, 9.Kosta BARBAROUSES, 10.Archie THOMPSON, 11.Connor PAIN, 13.Andrew NABBOUT.14.James TROISI, 15.Mitch NICHOLS, 16.Rashid MAHAZI, 17.Jimmy JEGGO, 20.Lawrence THOMAS (go), 24.Scott GALLOWAY, 25.Jason GERIA,
**One to be omitted**

Ins: 17. Jimmy JEGGO, 13. Andrew NABBOUT, 25. Jason GERIA (all promoted)

Outs: 6. Leigh BROXHAM (suspended – 1 week), 23. Adrian LEIJER (suspended – 1 week)

Unavailable: nil

Central Coast Mariners

2.Daniel MCBREEN
3.Joshua ROSE
4.Marcel SEIP
5.Zachary ANDERSON
9.Mitchell DUKE
10.Marcos FLORES
12.Liam REDDY
15.Storm ROUX
17.Anthony CACERES
19.Matt SIMON

Two to be omitted

Last Time: Central Coast 1-0 Melbourne Victory
History: Central Coast 11, Melbourne Victory 9, Drawn 7
Betting: $1.95 Central Coast Mariners, $3.50 Draw, $3.50 Melbourne Victory
TV: Fox Sports 1 (LIVE), SBS2 (LIVE)

In the end, both teams could not find the net and had to settle for a draw. Melbourne will look to get back to producing goals on Dec. 8 against the Newcastle Jets at AAMI Park in Melbourne. Kickoff is scheduled for 5 p.m. AEDT.

Central Coast Match Completed Melb Victory
6 SHOTS 11
12 FOULS 13

In other news, Melbourne Victory are back in the AFC Champions League, following a confirmation from an Asian Football Confederation Executive Meeting. The Victory will be playing in the qualification stage to advance to group stage play.

Melbourne Victory and Central Coast Mariners played to a scoreless draw on Nov. 29, 2013 at Bluetongue Stadium in Gosford. (Photo courtesty FFA)

Melbourne Victory and Central Coast Mariners played to a scoreless draw on Nov. 29, 2013 at Bluetongue Stadium in Gosford. (Photo courtesy FFA)

“This club has made no secret of its ambitions to play consistently in Asia and succeed in that competition,” Muscat said on Wednesday. “To be returning to the ACL after a few years’ absence is a very exciting prospect, not only for myself as coach, but also for the players who will be keen to show what they can do on Asia’s biggest stage.”

“As part of our long term strategy, having an impact in Asia will be a big part of the future success of this club and we are taking this competition extremely seriously,” added Melbourne Victory CEO Ian Robson. “First things first, we have to get past this qualification period, but it’s certainly no secret that our expectation is for Kevin and the team to qualify for the group stages and from there, we really want to go deep into the competition.

“We have no doubt our fans will get behind us, as the AFC Champions League is now such a big event in this part of the world, with more than 30 million people across Asia tuning in to watch this year’s final alone. Those kind of numbers give us great motivation to succeed as we look to spread the Melbourne Victory brand throughout our region and beyond.”

Finally, in National Youth League action, Adelaide United exacted payback on Melbourne Victory with a 2-1 come from behind win. Francesco Stella scored in the 36th minute for Melbourne. The loss was Melbourne’s first of the competition.

Topics: Melbourne Victory

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