Former Melbourne Victory striker Kosta Barbarouses fired Sydney FC to a crucial win against his old team in the Big Blue rivalry.
Victory took an unlikely lead through Ola Toivonen, but could not resist the surges from Sydney as the Sky Blues scored twice in seven minutes through Adam Le Fondre and Barbarouses to take the three points.
The Sky Blues now cement themselves in second place in the league, while there might be a few concerns for Victory, now three games without a win.
Here are three thoughts from Sydney’s come from behind win against Victory…
Sydney fight off resilient Victory
It took about 60 minutes but Sydney eventually came out of their shells to secure the three points against a resilient Melbourne side.
Watching the first half, it was hard not to think it would be one of those days for Steve Corica’s side as easy passes went astray and shots fired way off target. It says something that Sydney were able to wake up from their slumber to turn the game around.
Sydney contain quality in spades, and even on their worst days, they can count on the talent of certain individuals to pick their team up from the heap. Tonight, it was moments from Adam Le Fondre and Rhyan Grant that did it.
Former Victory man Kosta Barbarouses was the man to give the Sky Blues the lead after slamming home his own rebounded shot and stayed true to his word that he wouldn’t celebrate against his former team.
This Melbourne Victory team is very different to the one Barbarouses left, and given all the players that were excluded due to international duties, Marco Kurz should be quietly pleased that his team put up such a fight.
Of course, the expectations for Victory are far higher than that, and once all his players return from their national teams, as well as injuries, Kurz will have a far bigger job to do to arrest the slide of one of the A-League’s most famous teams.