NPL preview: Brunswick v Victory


​Melbourne Victory makes the trip to Brunswick City for its final game of the PlayStation 4 NPL2 West season on Saturday.

Victory was held to a 2-2 draw by Ballarat City in Round 27 and visits Dunstan Reserve to complete the 2017 campaign.

Head coach Gareth Naven said he had been pleased with the progress made by his team this year, but he still sees room for improvement.

“From where we started to where we’ve come, we’ve definitely evolved, but we’ve still got a lot to do in learning our game,” he said.

“I’m looking forward to watching the boys play again. I’m probably saying less and less on the sideline, which is a good thing.

“They’re starting to understand and improve on doing the basics very well and it’s getting through to our group how important the basics in possession, out of possession and also a good defensive performance, are.

“We’re trying to evolve this group to make sure the sexy side of football is defending as well, not just scoring goals, doing overheads, doing all the nice things.

“It’s preparing our boys mentally to understand and have a good defensive understanding and strategy.”

Brandon Jansz and Callum Goulding scored Victory’s goals against Ballarat, which led 2-1 at Epping Stadium.

Brunswick sits seventh – two spots above Victory – on the table, with the teams playing out a 2-2 draw when they last met in May. 

PlayStation 4 NPL2 West 2017 Round 28

Brunswick City v Melbourne Victory
Saturday, August 26, 3.00pm AEST
Dunstan Reserve, Melbourne