Ready to strike

Troisi backs team­mates

Geelong Advertiser - - SOCCER - BEN McKAY

MEL­BOURNE Vic­tory earned its first win of the ALeague sea­son last week­end but is yet to take flight — and that’s OK by mid­field mar­quee James Troisi.

As far as sea­son open­ings go, Vic­tory has shown glimpses of the good, bad and ugly in its first three week­ends.

But to­mor­row night’s visit from Cen­tral Coast is the first clash Vic­tory will start as heavy favourite — and is ex­pected to win.

Not only are the Mariners com­ing off a 3-0 home thrash­ing by Ade­laide, they hold a ter­ri­ble record against Vic­tory.

Un­der coach Kevin Mus­cat, Vic­tory has played the Mariners 15 times, and never been beaten. Troisi said Vic­tory would be re­lent­less in a bid to ex­tend that run.

“We’ve got to take every game as we’re play­ing a Syd­ney FC,” Troisi said. “We are at home which is a mas­sive dif­fer­ence.”

Mus­cat hasn’t been able to field his first choice XI to date, with sev­eral play­ers on the side­lines. Swedish striker Ola Toivo­nen has yet to be sighted as he works back from a lower leg in­jury, while Raul Baena has also dropped out with a ham­string is­sue. In­juries have also led to winger Jai Ing­ham be­ing re­pur­posed as a strike part­ner for Kosta Bar­barouses.

“Kosta’s dan­ger­ous out there,” Troisi said. “He’s a hand­ful for any de­fence.

“The first two games we played some fan­tas­tic foot­ball but didn’t get the results.

“We’ll iron out the lit­tle creases we had the first two games and con­tinue.”

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