Salvachua sees positives in second-half display


Melbourne Victory head coach Carlos Salvachua saw positive signs in his side’s second-half performance in a 1-0 loss to Adelaide United.

Ben Halloran’s first-half goal was all that separated the two teams at Coopers Stadium in Salvachua’s first game in charge of Victory.

However, Victory was much-improved after the break and squandered numerous opportunities.

Speaking at his post-match news conference, Salvachua discussed his team’s display and the busy run of games ahead.

on the game…
“We are not happy with the result of course and the performance in the first half was not good enough. For me, we have to fix some things and the idea is play like in the second half. We created a lot of chances. We’re disappointed because some of them were clear, but if I want to be happy it’s because the way we want to continue performing, we created a lot of chances like in the second half, we have to be more protagonists in the game, like in the second half.”

on the first half…
“A little bit nervous with the ball as well. We win sometimes the ball, we stopped the transition of Adelaide and sometimes it was really, really quick the opportunities to play forward and we lost the ball again, a little bit nervous the team during the first half.”

on the penalty decisions…
“I think that the second one maybe with Robbie Kruse there was maybe contact, but if for the ref it’s not enough to decide penalty, but it’s okay, it’s the decision of the referee, we cannot do anything.”

on busy schedule…
“We need to work, we need to train, we need time, we need time. We need more sessions, we need to build up the team and the training is important for my philosophy, it’s really important what happens during the week.”

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