Melbourne Victory Youth Coach Darren Davies has praised Connor Pain’s recent outstanding form, despite starting his Victory career slow, after the winger scored twice in the 5-0 victory over the AIS on Sunday afternoon.
“Connor Pain had another good game, he got down the left numerous times and it’s nice for Connor, he got off to a slow start even by his own account, but week by week and day by day in training he’s getting better and better and for the last three or four weeks he’s done exceptionally well.
“I’m really pleased for Connor to get his two goals today so it’s good for him and it’s good for us.”
Davies thought his side stuck to the game plan, but the Welshman isn’t one-hundred percent happy.
“I think the boys done okay, in fairness. We stuck to a structure, our passing was good, we got into good areas, we had good penetration and we scored a few goals.
“I’m never happy one-hundred percent, I’m always looking for improvement and we’ll be looking to improve on little areas that we’ve seen today, but in general I thought the boys performed well.”
Davies also agreed that former Port Melbourne left-back Dylan Murnane was superb at left back.
“Dylan’s one of our youngest members of the squad and he’s been good since he’s come and his attitude is good, he’s got a good character about him, he’s a down to earth young man and his trying to take on board everything we’re trying to do,” Davies exclusively told Breathing Football after the game.
Victory were huge favourite going into the game and the pointless AIS didn’t provide a threat to either Luke Radonich or Phil Petrovski in goals for Victory all afternoon, Davies, however, understood his side needed to do the job required so no shock was on the cards.
“I thought we obviously had to do our own job today and if we didn’t perform to the way we can then obviously there could have been an upset, but we started brightly and scored the early goals which obviously deflated them somewhat and we probably should have scored a few more, truth be told, at the end of the day,” Davies told Breathing Football after the game.
However Melbourne Victory Youth Captain Jake Nakic missed the encounter with a stress fractured foot and Davies explained the playmaker’s condition.
“Yeah Jakey is in a boot at the moment and we’ve spoken to the physios and we’re taken the pressure off his foot by just putting him in a boot and I believe he’s going to see a doctor and he can tell us the diagnosis then.
“I don’t see Jakey being back in the near future so we’ll be looking at a few weeks at the very least.”