Salvachua: The second half was unacceptable


Melbourne Victory head coach Carlos Salvachua labelled his side’s 4-1 Hyundai A-League loss to Sydney FC as unacceptable.

Marco Rojas’ brilliant early goal put Victory ahead at Marvel Stadium on Saturday, but Sydney equalised through Milos Ninkovic.

And Anthony Caceres and Adam le Fondre scored before Kosta Barbarouses’ late penalty for Sydney as Victory had Tim Hoogland sent off.

Speaking at his post-match news conference, Salvachua discussed his team’s performance and Rojas’ substitution.

on the game…
“I think that the problem is that don’t respect the structure in the second half, it’s totally different the defensive structure and when you are playing like a team like in the first half, the team can support you. But you want to play individually just depends on your quality and in the second half we saw a big difference between just the quality. We created the same number of chances in the first and the second half, but we didn’t score and we opened the game for them, that’s it, because we stopped to do the movements like in the first half and the structure and a team without structure is not a team, it’s just individual players.”

on missing chances…
“The coaches are there to fix the things, not to score the goals. We are here to work, to prepare the games and I think the score in the second half is not acceptable for a Melbourne Victory team playing in that way because again you have to respect the movements and the structure.”

on difference between first half and second half…
“I’m not happy because we cannot do this kind of difference in halves. If you can the first half, you can do the second half as well in the same way, with the same XI and I’m not happy for that.”

on Rojas’ injury…
“He rolled his ankle and he asked for a change because he cannot continue playing the game. I don’t know now (the severity) in this moment, for sure that tomorrow he cannot train but we’ll see during the week.”

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