Take a look at the stats that mattered in Melbourne Victory’s 6-1 win over Wellington Phoenix in Round 4 of the Hyundai A-League 2016/17 season.
Victory recorded a season-high seven shots on target against Wellington from 16 shots in total, with eight coming from inside the 18-yard box.
Wellington, which was restricted to just two shots on target for the match, finished with less passes (404 to 306), crosses (23 to 16) and corners (11 to eight) than Victory.
It seemed whichever team had the weight of possession during this match, the more dominant it became.
Victory started the match clearly on top, with 67.8% of possession in the first 15 minutes leading to two goals shortly after from the penalty spot.
Likewise, the final 15 minutes of the match was dominated by the home side, with 68.5% of possession leading to three goals being scored during that period.
Wellington’s best spell of possession came in the 30 minutes after half-time, leading to the goal which made it 2-1 in the 63rd minute.
Forwards’ field day
Victory’s strike force continues to gel, with Besart Berisha, Marco Rojas and Mitch Austin proving more effective each week in the front third.
Berisha’s hat-trick performance against Wellington included 49 touches, 31 passes, four shots on goal and a goal assist.
Rojas scored twice, had 53 touches and contributed two direct assists, two crosses and two shots.
Austin scored a goal, whipped in eight crosses and had 56 touches.
After four rounds of the Hyundai A-League, Victory leads the competition for goal conversion, with 34% of its shots resulting in goals. The next best is Newcastle Jets on 23%, while Sydney FC is third with 21%.
Victory has scored 10 goals (second best tally in the Hyundai A-League behind Sydney FC) from 38 shots.