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Jun 06, 2021   |  9:17AM AET

Kean: We deserved our Derby point

Kean: We deserved our Derby point

Melbourne Victory interim head coach Steve Kean felt his side deserved a point in the 1-1 Derby draw against City on Sunday.

A Nick Ansell own goal gave City the lead, but Lleyton Brooks smashed in a 95th-minute equaliser at AAMI Park in Victory’s final game of the A-League season.

Speaking at his post-match news conference, Kean discussed the game, Brooks and the performance of Matt Acton, who starred in the first half behind closed doors.

on the game…
“It was a strange game because I think everybody could see that they had all the possession, but we knew it was going to pan out like that and we were just trying to make sure that when we did get our chances – I think we had five on target, they had four – so for all their possession, we feel as though we had enough clear-cut chances to at least get a point, maybe three is asking a bit much, but we certainly had chances. I’m really pleased because the discipline without the ball to minimise getting opened up, they did near the end with a counter-attack, but our players’ discipline without the ball was superb, especially the front unit – Ben Folami, Elvis Kamsoba, Callum McManaman – those three when they were on were excellent, providing cover and dropping in and making it very difficult for City to play through us. I think we deserved a point if anybody watched the game and looks at it with a neutral eye, I certainly think we deserved a point.”

on Brooks…
“He’s a good player. He always has to keep on thinking about his defensive side, but with the ball he can put his crosses in, he can get one-on-one with people and he’s popped up with a good finish, he’s a good player, there’s no doubt about that, as is Nishan (Velupillay), so it’s nice to get those young guys on the park for our fans and members to see them, albeit only for 20 minutes today but both of them had a good impact.”

on Acton…
“For Matty, the good thing is he’s a top professional. He trains like a man possessed every day. He comes in, he does all his preparation so for him to get a run in the side and to be showing everybody what a good goalkeeper he is I’m really pleased for him because he’s a top pro. He kept us in the game with vital saves at vital times and he’s been great, last 10 games he’s been really, really good.”