Melbourne Victory’s star studded line-up has eked out results this campaign, but for the first five rounds, it hasn’t quite clicked into gear.
Tonight, they finally showed what they are capable of. Despite injuries to James Troisi and Georg Niedermeier, Kevin Muscat’s side produced a silky attacking display that completely blew an inexperienced Wanderers outfit out of the water.
The first half was so one-sided, it was akin to watching a Harlem Globetrotters v Washington Generals exhibition game. Victory turned the Wanderers inside and out with their sharp pass-and-move football, all orchestrated by the magnificient Keisuke Honda.
3-0 at the interval was a fair reflection of play – in truth, it could have been a lot worse for the visitors.
No doubt copping a halftime hairdryer from their German trainer, not to mention a double substitution, the Wanderers managed to stem the tide. But Antonis’ thumping finish was a fitting exclamation point to cap off the best team performance the A-League has seen this season.
Lawrence Thomas - 7
Was a virtual spectator in the first half. Displayed commendable bravery to come off his line and punch crosses in no-man’s land – especially considering the sickening collision he suffered in last season’s grand final.
Storm Roux - 7
A neat and tidy display from the Kiwi fullback, who defended his flank diligently and got forward when he could.
Thomas Deng – 8.5
A dominant performance from a young man who continues to go from strength to strength. Continually stepped out to make challenges and interceptions, and he won almost everything.
Nick Ansell – 7.5
Yellow carded in the first half after cleaning out Riera. Solid defensive display, and played the ball out of the back confidently.
Corey Brown – 7
Similarly to Roux, he played his role without standing out. Didn’t need to get forward very often, as the players ahead of him were already opening up the defence.