Melbourne Victory full back and Joe Marston Medal Winner Daniel Georgievski says he would’ve preferred to have won the A-League Grand Final instead.
The Joe Marston Medal is given to the Grand Final player of the match, and Georgievski, become only the seventh player from a losing side to have been handed the award in its 28-year history.
Georgievski was a prominent figure during the A-League decider and was responsible for nullifying Sydney FC duo Rhyan Grant and Filip Holosko's attacking surges down the right-hand side.
The Macedonian international played his last game for Victory in the Grand Final and winning the Joe Marston Medal left with him with a case of mixed emotions.
“I would’ve preferred the win to tell you the truth,” he said.
“Every player there was man of the match for us. Everyone played there role significantly unbelievably so.
“We won one Grand Final a few years back and now we have lost on penalties.
“That’s just football, I’m very happy to be happy to be part of this club until the end and I’m just happy but sad at the same time.
“On a personal thing, it’s nice to win the award and to leave the club with a bang, but I would’ve preferred to win the game.”
Victory coach Kevin Muscat lauded Georgievski’s performance and agreed with the 29-year-old assessment that the award could’ve been given to the whole team.
“He was outstanding,” he said.
“If you look at us last week (against Brisbane Roar) our defensive intensity and our defensive structure gave us a platform to go and win that game and it was no different tonight and Danny was part of that.
“Holosko didn’t really get any change out of him whatsoever, he really stood up and I’m really pleased for him because he was outstanding.
“Like Danny says he wasn’t on his own. There were some real big performances, it’s unfortunate because it could have been so different.
“We just move on and re-group and come back stronger next season.”