Victory wary of tricky Mariners test


Melbourne Victory is determined to improve on its disappointing performance against Newcastle Jets when it takes on Central Coast Mariners at Central Coast Stadium on Sunday.

Victory went scoreless for just the second time this season in a 0-0 draw with the Jets on Monday night, which followed a morale-boosting win in the Melbourne Derby.

“We’ve come back from Newcastle, where we were disappointed in ourselves,” said head coach Kevin Muscat.

“I thought our attitude, our mentality and our effort was great, but structurally we let ourselves down.

“It’s the first time I can say that’s happened this season, so it’s important we get back on track in terms of performance.”

The Mariners are one of the most improved teams in the Hyundai A-League, with three wins in a row putting them within reach of the top six.

“It’s not going to be an easy game. We’ll go across there knowing that if we perform at our best, the result will take care of itself,” Muscat said.

“With Central Coast, they will have a go. They try and stay compact structurally but they will attack you, especially at home.

“From that side of things, it should be a good game. We won’t shy away from saying we’ll do the same thing. We’ll have a go at them.”

Sunday’s match against the Mariners will be broadcast live and exclusively on Fox Sports 505 from 4.30pm AEDT.