Player Ratings: Wellington Phoenix 2 Melbourne Victory 3 – Sloppy defence made...

Player Ratings: Wellington Phoenix 2 Melbourne Victory 3 – Sloppy defence made to pay

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Melbourne Victory have stormed home at Westpac Stadium to claim a crucial come from behind 3-2 win over Wellington Phoenix on Sunday. 

Wellington Phoenix

Lewis Italiano – 5.5: Shaky early but settled. Unfortunate to parry Kosta Barbarouses’ saved effort straight to Berisha and was left scrambling by a deflection off Paracki.

Scott Galloway – 6.5: Offered Andrija Kaluderovic the kind of service strikers love. A brilliant delivery for the opener. Poor defending on 48 minutes went unpunished by George.

Andrew Durante – 5: Stretched at the back and led an often disorganised defence.

Marco Rossi – 4: Was red-faced by Troisi with 10 minutes left but Besart Berisha failed to capitalise. Missed a key tackle in the buildup to Victory’s first goal.

Tom Doyle – 6: Joined full-back partner Galloway with tremendous delivery for Kaluderovic. Plenty of defending to do after half time.

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Goran Paracki – 4.5: Looked nervy after half time and seemed to be contagious. Ended up with an own goal.

Matt Ridenton – 5: Unspectacular in the middle of the pitch. He and Paracki were overrun in the second half.

Michael McGlinchey – 5: Can consider himself fortunate not to have been dismissed for a rash tackle in the first half. Could easily have been sent to the sheds on another day. Withdrawn at half time due to injury.

Roy Krishna – 7: Looked restricted with a knock to the knee but has to be applauded for carrying on. Lost possession as Carl Valeri pounced, leading to the opener.

Dario Vidosic – 4.5: Very quiet. Only had one clear-cut chance which he missed.

Andrija Kaluderovic – 8.5: A pair of expert headers in scarcely two minutes put him at the top of the Golden Boot standings. Became isolated after the break.

Substitutes

Adam Parkhouse – 4: Came on at half time but was not effective.

Daniel Mullen – 4: Had a chance with a header but straight at Thomas.

Hamish Watson – N/A: No impact.

 

Melbourne Victory

Lawrence Thomas – 6: Simply nothing he could do about either goal once he was off his line. Beaten by sheer quality.

Jason Geria – 6: Beaten all ends up in an aerial contest by Kaluderovic for the opener but made up for a poor half with his attacking output in the latter stages.

Rhys Williams – 7.5: Composed at the back and cannot really be faulted for either goal. Was not really tested in the second 45 other than one nervy moment versus Krishna.

Thomas Deng – 6.5: Did not deal with Kaluderovic, beaten in the air as the Serbian converted. Mostly untroubled after half time.

Stefan Nigro – 6.5: Culpable of some lax defending early but did just enough to force Krishna into giving the ball away when it mattered, fatally.

Carl Valeri – 7.5: Stripped Krishna of possession on halfway, kick-starting Victory’s comeback; exactly what he is meant to do. Played Berisha into space to set up the winner.

Mathias Sanchez – 6.5: Productive in the middle of the park without reaching the heights of the man he replaced. Unusually replaced in a defensive sub on 65 minutes.

Leroy George – 7.5: Dangerous yet again but inexplicably missed the unmissable just after the break. His usual set piece quality was off.

Kosta Barbarouses – 8: Like George, he was busy and was the architect of Berisha’s goal. Defensively though, did not show enough urgency to block Galloway’s delivery.

James Troisi – 9: Unluckily hit the post early having made a great run down the left channel. Caused plenty of headaches around the Phoenix box and deserved his goal.

Besart Berisha – 8: Two horrid misses, unlucky to see a brilliant goal chalked out by VAR for offside. Did score one and kept his head to play in Troisi. Mixed bag.

Substitutes

Leigh Broxham – 4.5: Very good when he came on. Tried to be positive.

Christian Theoharous – N/A: A couple of forays into the box but nothing spectacular.

Jai Ingham – N/A: Not enough time to make a proper impact.

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