Salvachua delighted with dramatic late win


Melbourne Victory head coach Carlos Salvachua was delighted to see his team return to winning ways in the Hyundai A-League.

Andrew Nabbout scored a stunning 91st-minute goal to lift Victory to a 2-1 win over Adelaide United at Marvel Stadium on Saturday.

Marco Rojas had earlier cancelled out Kristian Opseth’s opener as Victory ended a six-game winless run in the league.

Speaking at his post-match news conference, Salvachua discussed the win, Nabbout and Rojas.

on the win…
“Of course really happy, happy for the players firstly because they worked really hard, really happy for all the staff as well for their help and for their hard work as well, happy for the club because the club, starting with the chairman and the board, they need as well these kinds of moments and of course really happy for the fans as well. In the worst moments during the season the fans are always with us and today it’s unbelievable how they tried to follow the team and to help us to score that goal in the last minute and for sure that next week we need the same, we need to stay together – staff, players and all the club, all the Victory family.”

on the performance…
“I think we played with desire today, we knew the opportunity for us, one of the last, and we just put the focus on the game, on this 90 minutes. We are the same team, like yesterday, we are the same team tomorrow. Winning or losing we are working hard trying to develop the players, trying to improve every week and now hopefully with another four training days, maybe we can win as well against Sydney FC next week.”

on Nabbout…
“He finished crying last game remember in Adelaide and today as well, but in a different way at the end. He’s a good boy and he needs this kind of moment as well of course. He’s part of the squad and for me one of the important things today was how we celebrated the goal, all the staff together on the bench and all the players and all the fans together.”

on Rojas…
“We hope more of him. He did a really good performance, but he can do more, he needs more games, more games with the team, he just arrived, second game, as well (Giancarlo) Gallifuoco is just playing for us, he started the competition with another club, now we need bodies with this attitude and like these players.”

on Adama Traore’s suspected injury…
“We have to wait. He was tired, it’s not a hamstring but he was with problems because he was running during the first half, tried to overlap every time. We’ll see, we’ll see during the week how he is.”

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