NPL wrap: Victory too good for Bendigo


​Melbourne Victory recorded a 5-2 win over Bendigo City in the PlayStation 4 NPL2 West on Saturday.

A brace from Nicholas Hatzigeorgiou and goals from Nicholas Sette, Callum Goulding and Nuh Sehavdic gave Victory the three points at Epsom Huntly Recreation Reserve.

Bendigo opened the scoring at home and also netted a consolation late on, with Victory in control throughout the second half.

Victory head coach Gareth Naven said he was mostly pleased with his team’s performance.

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“I’m disappointed that we conceded the goals, from set-pieces, from deliveries into the box,” he said.

“It’s something we’ve got to mature at as a group of players, especially just giving silly free-kicks away when we don’t need to which just invites that opportunity for other teams. That’s definitely something we need to work on.

“On the things we’re doing well, there was good ball movement today, people getting into some areas so we could play some through passes which was very pleasing, which reflected what we worked on during the week at times.

“Also, our ability to always keep moving to try and receive, even if we don’t get it and understand it’s important more than one person is offering for the ball on every moment of the ball.

“I think that was very pleasing for the group and it’s just got to become second nature now, got to keep pressing them to keep getting better at it.

“We deserved the win and the boys are happy and it’s nice for them to get success especially when they practice some stuff during the week which comes off, it pleases them and gives them belief.

“It was a good result for the boys on today’s trip.”

Earlier, Victory’s under-20s returned to the top of the table after a 7-0 win over Bendigo City.

Victory is back at home in Round 25, hosting Werribee City on Saturday, July 29.

PlayStation 4 NPL2 West 2017 Round 24

Bendigo City 2 (Abraham Lokiru 9′, Kevin Walker 90′)
Melbourne Victory 5 (Nicholas Sette 23′, Callum Goulding 37′, Nuh Sehavdic 60′, Nicholas Hatzigeorgiou 58’/87′)