JT’s best is yet to come, says Kevin Muscat


Melbourne Victory midfielder James Troisi has plenty more to offer this season despite his dominant form, according to head coach Kevin Muscat.

Troisi was again in the thick of the action in Monday night’s 4-2 win over Newcastle Jets in Geelong, scoring his first goal of the Hyundai A-League season and providing a direct goal assist for Marco Rojas.

“He’s made a huge contribution, and I honestly think we can utilise him a bit more,” Muscat said after the match.

“He caused havoc with his passes and through balls tonight. He took his goal well.

“I think he’s got a lot more in him as well. There’s so much more from James Troisi to come this season.”

Muscat was pleased overall with his team’s performance against the Jets, though he lamented a second half which saw the visitors score twice.

“I’m pleased for the group. I thought Newcastle made it very difficult for us early on,” he said.

“We had to be patient. We had a lot of ascendency. I thought we were clinical.

“It was a little bit disappointing the way we ran the game out. We lost a bit of control and encouraged them to get back into the game.

“But all in all, it’s another win. The last two games have been very good for us in front of goal.”

Victory, which beat Central Coast Mariners 4-1 last week, is second on the Hyundai A-League ladder, seven points behind Sydney FC.