After last week’s abysmal performance against Queensland Roar, Melbourne Victory had a lot to prove in this match against Perth Glory. Fortunately, Victory seemed to have got their act together, and right from the get go, looked like a more focused team.
The school holidays were no doubt to blame for the poor turnout (18,036), but that didn’t faze a determined home side from keeping their fans happy, and 25 minutes in Grant Brebner made the most of a half-arsed clearance and put away a solid goal.
Danny Allsop seems to cop a heap of shit from the fans at the Telstra Dome, but after an initial shot of his was blocked, he was given a second chance that wasn’t wasted, putting Melbourne Victory 2-0 up in the 40th minute.
Within a minute of the second half kicked off, Rodrigo Vargas tucked away a third goal, and Danny Allsop topped things off with his second of the game in the 71st minute, making it 4-0.
All in all it was a cracking game and a fine return to form – a few things worth noting:
• Mitchell Langerak is on fire. Over the course of the last few games he’s pulled off some incredible saves.
• 18,036 is Victory’s lowest A-Legue turnout in a couple of years. Telsta Dome was noticably empty, but the guys in the North and South Terraces were in fine voice throughout.
• Middle-aged housewives love them some Archie Thompson. Every time he got the ball the same old birds behind us crowed ‘Go on Archie’.
• It was great to see Victory finish a game with 11 players on the pitch.