Gestede brace brings confidence

Gestede celebration

Melbourne Victory frontman, Rudy Gestede, believes the squad can grow in confidence following Wednesday night’s win over the Wellington Phoenix.

Gestede’s two headed goals sealed the three points for Victory, with the team’s attention turning to Saturday’s cross-town clash against Western United at Marvel Stadium.

Three points

“It was important for us to win this game for the club, for the manager and for the fans,” said the striker.

“It shows that we won’t give up and we are ready to fight. Even though it’s a tough situation we will keep pushing hard.”

Gestede opened his Victory account on the brink of half-time and celebrated with the whole squad on the touchline.

“It was a goal for the team,” he said. “It came naturally and we needed this kind of energy to kick on for the rest of the game.”


Despite the striker’s match-winning performance, Gestede insists the unity of the club is the key to winning games moving forward.

“We have showed togetherness on the pitch and that’s one of the main points to start winning games,” he said.

Youngsters, Dalibor Markovic and Zaydan Bello made their A-League debuts against the ‘Nix – filling the full-back roles and playing their part in Victory’s clean sheet.

“We have been unlucky with injuries but the best chance we have is if everybody is focused and pulling in the same way.

“When we lose a player due to injury we have someone ready to replace him and that’s a strength,” said Gestede.

Marvel Stadium

On Thursday morning, the squad took part in a beach recovery session – recharging their bodies while focusing on this weekend’s opponent, Western United.

“We’re up against an experienced team with a lot of quality, so it is going to be a different game,” said Gestede, previewing Saturday’s match.

“We’ve also got quality in our side so we don’t fear anyone – we just need to be a bit more patient.

“I’m really looking forward to it,” said the goalscorer.