Post-match reaction: Popovic on Victory 4-0 Newcastle

Tony Popovic was thrilled with his side’s performance in their dominant 4-0 win over Newcastle Jets on Friday night.

On the performance…

“We are delighted. Firstly we won the game. Clean sheet, again, which is important. And four goals. So overall a good night.”

“I thought first half was an even game. I thought we had to defend well, which we did.”

“In the second half I thought we were very good. Very good.”

On the team morale after a big win…

“I’m sure [the team] feel that they on the right track in terms of performances. But you can always cement that with a good win.”

On Nani’s improved performance...

“I think first half he did very well. He was moving the ball quick and moving well himself. He was very dynamic in the front third.”

“He’s not one for excuses, but Luis didn’t train for a month before the season started. If you do that to any player it’s difficult, especially when you’re trying to settle into a new league, new country, new conditions.”

“We are happy that he has got through each game. His contributions are getting better and better. I envisage this improving even more in the second half of the year.”

On the goals…

“Yeah wonderful.”

“[D’Agostino’s goal] started deep in our half from a throw-in, and that led to a fantastic pass and a really composed finish from Nick.”

“We also saw Rai play a beautiful ball for Chris in behind.”

“It’s nice for the players to get rewarded for the good football that they are playing.”

On whether it was his decision for Bruno Fornaroli to take the second penalty…


“I’m glad Chris wanted to take it. That’s fantastic. His confidence is really coming back.”

“I had my reasons for wanting Bruno to take it. It felt fitting that at the end of the game, a new player comes in, all the fans are behind the goals.”

“I was hoping he would score. That is him now part of Victory. Hopefully there will be many more.”

On the upcoming game against Adelaide United…

“We have a fantastic game to finish off with before the break.”

“It’s Adelaide. It’s a big derby. There will be a great crowd. Wonderful stadium. We as a club, we want this game. We know it will be a tough match, but if we can improve again a little bit from tonight, we give ourselves a chance.”