Take a look at the stats that mattered in Melbourne Victory’s 3-2 win over Brisbane Roar in Round 15 of the Hyundai A-League 2016/17 season.
Victory was shaded by the opposition in terms of total shots for the third time in four games, though its conversion was on show again.
Brisbane took more shots, but the majority of those were from outside the box and Lawrence Thomas was only forced to make three saves.
Predictably, Besart Berisha’s red card saw the Roar complete significantly more passes and forced Victory into more than double the amount of clearances.
A dominant first 30 minutes from Victory yielded three goals, as the home side controlled possession and territory.
But the tide changed as Brisbane worked its way back into the contest, and the complexion of the game changed completely with Berisha’s dismissal on 58 minutes.
Victory was forced to sit deeper and concede possession in midfield, with Roar camped in its own forward half for much of the game’s last half hour.
Troisi on song
James Troisi was again the architect of a Victory win, finding the scoresheet and performing the perfect playmaker role.
He scored for the third straight week, provided the direct assist for Marco Rojas’ goal, and played the ball through for Besart Berisha which resulted in a penalty.
Victory continues to score freely, with the three goals scored against Brisbane taking its tally to 35 for the season, and 18 in its past six games.
Victory is the only team in the Hyundai A-League to have scored at least one goal in every one of its matches to date.
The win against Roar was the 11th time Victory has scored the first goal this season, with the club going on to win nine of those games.