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The Melbourne Victory defeated city rivals the Melbourne Heart for the second time this season with a 3-1 win this afternoon. Victory Youth coach Darren Davies was pleased with the comfortable win.
Speaking exclusively to Breathing Football, Davies was especially pleased with the first-half where the Victory took a 3-0 lead into the break.
“I think the boys done particularly well in the first-half and started brightly and we passed the ball very well and we scored some good goals and it was 3-0 in twenty-five minutes. The boys done particularly well in the first-half and yes I was pleased with them,” he said.
But the Welshman thought his boys should have played a little better in the second-half as the Victory boys became complacent.
“We kept on creating those chances even in the second-half and we probably should have scored a few more, truth be told. Our passing patterns did go a stray a little bit in the second-half and I’ve just addressed it with the boys. We should have been a little bit better in the second-half than we were.
“I spoke to the boys and I just said to them when you’re on top of games in that manner and you’re dominating games then that’s the time to keep your foot on the gas.”
Heart ‘keeper Alastair Bray made several stunning saves keeping the scoreline to just two and Davies paid credit to the former Victory gloveman.
“I think especially with the sending off they were down to ten men and the majority of the play was in their half and in fairness to their goalkeeper (Alastair Bray) I think he probably pulled off three or four unbelievable saves in the second-half which was a credit to him,” he said.
“In fairness to the Heart, they re-grouped and in fairness to the Heart they came out and gave a good account of themselves in the second-half, “ he thought of Heart’s second-half performance.
Victory’s latest signings Jesse Makarounas, Francesco Stella and Scott Galloway were all involved. Even though Davies was leased with Galloway, he thought it was unfair for the boys to be thrown into the deep end.
“Scotty (Galloway) done particularly well and fitted in, I thought, very well.
“With worked with these boys for a long time on our shape and our passing patterns and our structure and it’s probably a little bit unfair for those boys to come in after three days in Melbourne to fit right in with what we’re doing.
“So that will take a little bit of time and probably that was a deciding factor in our lack of patterns that were seen in the first-half [but not in the second-half].
“They’ve been thrown into the deep end and I think the boss (Ange Postecoglou) obviously wanted them to play today to see how we play and yeah they’ll be fine, all of them.”