Nabbout to harness Kashima boost


Melbourne Victory attacker Andrew Nabbout is aiming to use the boost from Tuesday’s win over Kashima Antlers to improve the club’s domestic form.

Victory defeated Kashima 1-0 in an AFC Champions League play-off, thanks to Nabbout’s 54th minute strike, to qualify for the 2020 Group Stage.

WATCH: Nabbout’s Kashima winner

Nabbout knew chances would be few and far between against a strong Japanese side and was delighted to find the back of the net in a crucial match.

“Getting a big result like that against former ACL champions is massive for us so hopefully we can build on that this weekend against Perth,” Nabbout said.

“We knew they were going to be solid all over the park and chances weren’t going to come in bunches, so I thought whatever chance I had, I had to take.”

Victory’s travel schedule remains packed, with the squad heading to Perth for a Round 17 clash with Glory on Saturday night.

Nabbout admits the busy period of fixtures has its challenges, but also sees the opportunity to string a good run of results together.

“It’s been pretty taxing on the body, the travel, but we’re doing all the right things and making sure we recover properly.

“In the first meeting that we had, Carlos came in and said we have to be the best team in the last five games leading into finals because that’s when you want that big boost of confidence.

“You want to have the momentum right before finals … it’s how you finish off the year that is important.

“For us, it’s about winning as many games as we can and putting a really solid effort in.”

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