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Nov 09, 2010   |  7:24PM AET

Celeski confident of bouncing back

Celeski confident of bouncing back

Billy Celeski has backed Melbourne Victory to end their patchy form and fire in the second half of the season.

Billy Celeski has backed Melbourne Victory to end their patchy form and fire in the second half of the season.

Saturday night’s 1-0 loss at home to Gold Coast United was disappointing considering Victory controlled possession, dominated for large periods of play and moved confidently across the park, but failed to capitalise on the scoresheet.

The hosts also lost in-form striker Robbie Kruse to a thigh injury, one of a number of injuries that have conspired to limit Melbourne’s scoring options this season.

But with returning forward Archie Thompson showing plenty of appetite in his first minutes since recovering from knee surgery, and a clash at the slumping Perth Glory approaching on Sunday, Celeski says the time is ripe for the Victory to start finishing off their opponents.

“It’s frustrating that we’re winning a game then losing a game. It’s sort of going around in circles at the moment, so we really need to string a few games together,” Celeski said.

“I think once we do we’ll get on a bit of a run and get some momentum going.”

“We were really patient against Gold Coast the other night but I think we just need to penetrate a little bit more, maybe shift the ball a bit quicker and take a few more risks just to get in behind the defence.”

“So if Perth decides to sit back we’re going to have to attack him. We’re a confident team, we’ve got leaders all over the park.”

Victory have a less than impressive record in Perth, but Celeski says the team can take heart from their ability to pressure opposition sides and put in a match-winning performance at nib Stadium.

“Once we’re out there I think records don’t say much,” Celeski said.

“Obviously (Perth) are going to be up for it. They’ve had a pretty bad run themselves so they need to pick up three points, and obviously we’re looking for three points as well.”

“I think if anything we’ve just got to look to recent form. We’ve been dominating teams, it’s just about capitalising now in front of goal.”