Victory Starts Life Without Ange

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James Troisi scored the winner against Brisbane last week. Image courtesy of Klein/Herald Sun

Melbourne Victory starts life without Ange Postecoglou on Monday with former assistant coach Kevin Muscat in the top job. The team sent the now Socceroos coach out a winner with James Troisi’s goal sealing a 1-0 triumph over Postecoglou’s former club, Brisbane Roar, last Friday night, in an emotional encounter at Etihad Stadium.

Victory has a long winning streak to maintain against Wellington when it hosts Phoenix. The Kiwis have lost six on the trot against the Victorians, including the last four in Melbourne. They haven’t exactly started the season in sizzling form picking up just two points from their first three matches.

Last week Phoenix was held to a scoreless draw by the Newcastle Jets in a low-key encounter at McLean Park in Napier. Wellington’s away form last season could only be compared to Melbourne Heart’s though. The black and golds picked up just eight points from 13 starts across the Tasman and they lost six of their last seven when travelling.

Wellington’s main hope may be to get in behind Victory’s sometime haphazard defence. While Mark Milligan and Leigh Broxham do an excellent job as holding midfielders, Adelaide quick men up front exposed Melbourne at the back in round two, and the Reds were unlucky to concede twice in the second half in a 2-2 draw.

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