Ready to strike
Troisi backs teammates
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.”