Valeri: Victory always believed in comeback


Melbourne Victory captain Carl Valeri said his team always believed it could fight back in its thrilling 3-2 win over the Wellington Phoenix.

Victory was unfortunate to find itself behind to a brace of Andrija Kaluderovic headers at Westpac Stadium on Sunday.

But the visitors fought back in the second half, James Troisi scoring the winner after a Besart Berisha strike and Goran Paracki own goal.

Valeri said Victory knew it could produce a comeback in the second half in Wellington.

“I thought we started very well. The fact we were 2-0 down, we had a minimal lapse in concentration and we conceded two fantastic goals,” the midfielder told Fox Sports.

“We knew we had it in us to come back and we showed that in the end.

“I think we created a lot more chances and it’s very positive going into a tough game next week.”

Victory had numerous chances throughout the Round 9 clash and it fought back for a deserved win.

Valeri said it was good to see his side creating so many opportunities as the win lifted it into fifth on the table ahead of Friday’s clash at home to Adelaide United.

“We’re creating chances, we’re creating a lot of chances and that’s the positive thing,” he said.

“Collectively, we’re missing them.

“It was a great performance today, tough conditions here in Wellington, it always is.

“They always put up a good fight and we came out on top.”