Kurz happy with Victory performance


Melbourne Victory head coach Marco Kurz praised his side’s performance in a 4-0 win over the Newcastle Jets in the Hyundai A-League on Sunday.

Robbie Kruse starred at AAMI Park and opened the scoring before strikes from Migjen Basha and Andrew Nabbout and a Matt Millar own goal.

Kruse had a hand in goals from Basha and Nabbout as Victory made it back-to-back wins to climb into seventh on the table.

Speaking at his post-match news conference, Kurz discussed his team’s win and Kruse’s performance.

on the game…
“I think a big win for us, a good result, but as well hard work. I think we scored in the second half after 60 minutes the second and straight after the third and then the game was done. Before it was hard work, especially in the first half I was not 100 per cent happy with the way we played because I said to the boys we need more intensity, more clearness, more ball speed in our actions or in our setup, in our build-up, in our final decisions and at the end it was a fantastic result for us, a good win and a good performance.”

on Kruse…
“He gets fitter, of course. He’s as well not 100 per cent out of my perspective because he needs during the game a couple of breaks to take time to come back, but we set him up as a striker and that means he had time to breathe, to come back in a good way for the next action and it worked. He made with the other players a very good game. I think the whole team performed in a good way.”

on different goal-scorers…
“It’s always important that you have a lot of numbers in your squad or in your team that can score goals. That’s important because when the only one who can score goals stops scoring goals then you have problems. I know I have a good offence. I’m as well really happy that Andrew scored a goal because he had a lot of big chances and for the development the strikers, the offensive players they need goals and that was a good moment for him.”

on Tim Hoogland’s injury…
“Firstly, for the boy it’s frustrating because he wasn’t injured last years and now he came to Australia and he’s had the second injury. I think to give a clear answer, we need to wait for the surgery to clarify what happens with the knee and how long time it needs.”