A game of comebacks ended 3-2 at AAMI Park on Saturday evening as Melbourne Victory secured their second home win of the season against Perth Glory.
Matt Acton – 7: Expertly used his legs to block a one-on-one against Taggart. Mostly comfortable.
Jason Geria – 6.5: Some nice runs up the line, with some fine bits of skill thrown into the mix.
Mark Milligan – 7.5: Found the net against his former club. Showed his experience among the Victory defensive line.
Dino Djulbic – 6: Left the pitch to make way for Leigh Broxham.
Stefan Nigro – 6: Strong when he needed to be and made necessary link-ups.
Carl Valeri – 6: Solid enough showing. Lived up to requirements.
Terry Antonis – 6.5: Managed the midfield business well, stinging the goalkeeper’s palms at times.
James Troisi – 7: Tapped in an equaliser after a goal-mouth scramble. Substituted with 10 minutes remaining.
Leroy George – 9: Created all three goals for Melbourne. Simply the difference between winning and losing tonight.
Kosta Barbarouses – 7.5: Scored the winner for the Victory. Lively in the opposition’s half throughout.
Besart Berisha – 4: Just a poor evening in front of goal for the veteran striker. Nothing seemed to follow the script and he could not find a way onto the scoresheet.
Leigh Broxham – 5.5: Came on in the 72nd minute to rack up 250 appearances for the club. Played Diego Castro onside for Perth’s second.
Matias Sanchez – N/A: Substituted on to see out the win.
Christian Theoharous – 6: Brought on in the 80th minute.
Liam Reddy – 6.5: Looked shaky at times and failed to dominate his six-yard box. Like his Victory counterpart, however, he pulled off a stunning one-on-one save.
Walter Scott – 7: A confident and reliable outing for the fullback, with a beautiful assist.
Alex Grant – 5.5: Nothing catastrophic in his game but invited too much pressure. Positioning could have been more impressive.
Scott Neville – 7: Provided the opening goal of the contest in the early stages. Tactically withdrawn in the 79th minute.
Jeremy Walker – 6.5: Did his job out wide. No serious complaints.
Andreu Guerao – 6: Like his partner in midfield, Guerao found it difficult to cope with the waves of attack that the Victory send forward.
Xavi Torres – 5.5: Not at his best. Overrun at times.
Diego Castro – 7.5: Scored a peach of an equaliser late into the match to seemingly rescue the Glory. Showed why defenders cannot switch off for a moment when he is around.
Jacob Italiano – 6: Bold going forward. Although not his best performance, he displayed signs of the talent that caused Borussia Monchengladbach to take a gamble on his future. Taken off in the 79th minute.
Andy Keogh – 5: Lacklustre and off-the-pace. Never looked properly in the game.
Adam Taggart – 4.5: Managed to miss a one-on-one when it was easier to score. Replaced by Nichols in the 57th minute.
Shane Lowry – 6: Took to the pitch in the 79th minute.
Mitch Nichols – 6.5: Introduced for Taggart. Added another dimension to Perth’s attacking options.
Chris Harold – 6: Also brought on for the final 10 minutes or so.