Post-Match Reaction | Tony Popovic

Head Coach Tony Popovic spoke to the media after Victory’s Easter Sunday 2-1 win over Perth Glory.

On the performance…

“I’m happy overall with the performance and we got the result we deserved.”

“It was a little tight obviously with them scoring the goal but I thought we saw out the game very well.”

“I thought from the moment we conceded the goal, we showed no anxiety. I thought we got control of the game back and we didn’t give away any clear opportunities. I’m not even sure they had a half-opportunity.

“Of course, they put us under pressure but I thought as a team we defended very well.”

“There are details of course we can do better. Maybe we got a bit casual before half-time on the ball and gave away some possession unnecessarily. But the first 15 minutes of the second half was excellent.”

“We had good control, good opportunities and we got our reward with a second goal and we did a very good job seeing the game out with and without the ball.”

On Daniel Arzani…

“He was very good. It was the most complete game in terms of his periods of not being involved.”

“He had that final ball for Bruno. There were many other opportunities where the final ball wasn’t quite there but he seemed to be enjoying himself out there today.”

“What we want is the all-round game and in the 90th minute when he runs back and makes a tackle on the edge of the box and wins the foul.”

“That’s football. That’s how the game needs to be played. And he’s getting better. And, you know, what we thought of him in preseason is the same as now. Very talented. We love having him here and we’ve got to keep pushing him to fulfil the talent he has.”

On the Derby…

“We’ve had two draws, no goals scored. If there are goals scored, we want it to be from us, not from them.”

“The last four games, we’ve scored two goals in each match. So we’re starting to, you know, hit the back of the net more consistently, getting some more reward for the chances we’re creating.”

“We know that these are special, unique games and you know, it’s an honour to be part of it and with this being our home game, we want the stadium full. We want to make it as difficult for our opponent as possible in the stands and obviously on the pitch. We want the three points.”