Melbourne Victory defender James Donachie believes the club is flying under the radar in A-League season 2016/17.
Victory have a game in hand and sit third on the table with 14 points behind rivals Melbourne City and Sydney FC.
After the original Round 7 Wellington Phoenix v Victory encounter was cancelled due to earthquakes, it was announced this morning it was rescheduled for January 17.
And as the scrutiny remains on the undefeated Sky Blues and Tim Cahill’s City, Donachie said the unprecedented lack of scrutiny benefited the club.
Donachie’s men take on Western Sydney Wanderers at ANZ Stadium on Saturday.
“Yes. I personally think (we’re under the radar),” Donachie said.
“If you sneak up, we’re getting closer and there isn’t much talk about it and the more that happens the better.
“If we can get points against Western Sydney and have that game in hand, we’ll be in a really good position.”
The Wanderers got its second win of the season, smashing Central Coast Mariners 4-1 away on the weekend.
After much of the talk from Western Sydney’s camp was about “marrying the win with the performance” Donachie said both clubs were in the same position of gelling collectively.
Victory come off a 1-1 draw to Perth Glory where their opposition’s only shot on target was the only goal scored, by Andy Keogh.
“(Draw to Perth) it hurt so much we didn’t get the three points, it was almost the complete performance," he said.
“One of our best this season, just chance after chance, I thought ‘at least one of these will go in’ when the whistle went it didn’t.
“It was a letdown because we didn’t get there, but I think we’re getting closer and each week if we keep performing like that the results will come.
“It took the Wanderers a while to hit their straps results wise but Jumpei (Kusukami), (Mitch) Nichols and (Nico) Martinez are all very good players so us being good defensively and also it’ll be who’s better in attack to score goals.”
Donachie was substituted on for Nick Ansell (knee) in the 2-0 win over Newcastle Jets a fortnight ago and even cleared Jason Hoffman’s shot off the line to prevent their opponents from claiming a consolation.
And after playing a full 90 minutes against Perth, Donachie now has to battle with Alan Baro and Ansell for a regular starting position.
“I always came down here knowing there was going to be competition, I never came thinking I was going to start every game week in and week out,” he said.
“I always come to training and pretty much work my heart out every day, it’s been that way since I started playing professionally.
“Nick and I are good mates… got my chance again last week so hopefully I can try keep him out for a few weeks now and keep my spot.”