After an epic journey to reach the game, the Victory players didn't manage to turn up.
A lack of quality down the spine cost Melbourne the game. The quality of Rhys Williams and Terry Antonis might have made a difference tonight but they’ll be relieved to have missed this.
Conceding six goals is never a good look but it looks much worse when many of the goals came from poor positioning and individual errors. A bit of luck fell Ulsan’s way too. Who reacts first from how the ball ricochets off a player can often expose players who aren’t switched on. With nearly every loose ball falling for Ulsan, it became clear the Victory boys were asleep.
Sadly, Victory attacked well in the second half and it was nice to see Kenny Athiu and Barbarouses score but it was too little.
Lawrence Thomas – 4
Had an absolute howler of a clearance that gifted Ulsan the first goal. No good goalkeeper would have saved the second goal. The third and fourth were also very hard to save. After that he made some good stops.
Leigh Broxham – 3
In the first half he was left a bit isolated in defence, the Victory back four weren’t shuffling across enough to cover him. In the second half the Victory back three were even further apart and now as a part of that formation, Broxham was culpable. He might have been better leading the team’s defence from centre half with Deng playing as fullback.
James Donachie – 3
As the slightly more experienced centre-half his team needed him to take charge tonight. He didn’t. He lacked composure, particularly when trying to recover his position.
Thomas Deng – 3
Didn’t look comfortable in the middle of the defence and Victory really needed someone to be composed back there. He was in a rush too often.
Stefan Nigro – 4
Didn’t offer enough in attack, to be fair he was ignored a few times but better positioning would have demanded his team mate’s attention. He wasn’t at fault for any of the first half goals but he was taken off at halftime.