ERNIE MER­RICK

Australian Four Four Two - - GRAND FINAL FEVER -

Victory coach

I knew Archie wanted off and he wanted to do a bit of grand­stand­ing. He couldn’t wait to go off the other side, and walk past the [Victory] fans be­hind the goals. And he de­served it, it was a won­der­ful per­for­mance by him – and then of course Kris­tian Sarkies went on and scored a won­der­ful goal. I just re­mem­ber we had a tough sea­son the year be­fore, fin­ish­ing sec­ond bot­tom, and I was un­der a lot of pres­sure to win. I stood up the whole game. Gary Cole said sit down Ernie, it’s won. And I said, nah, it’s not over un­til it’s over. I’ve joked about it af­ter­wards in public speeches. Af­ter the fifth goal I could re­lax know­ing they’d have to score six goals ev­ery 20 sec­onds...

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