Galloway: Depth will propel Victory's title challenge

Melbourne Victory youngster Scott Galloway believes the club’s depth this season will be a driving force behind their title challenge.

A number of injuries and suspensions forced Victory coach Kevin Muscat into a raft of changes for their clash against Wellington Phoenix on Monday night.

Victory managed to keep their first clean sheet in 22 games with a 2-0 win without three of their main four defenders, with Matthieu Delpierre missing through injury and Adrian Leijer and Daniel Georgievski out suspended.

Midfielders Mark Milligan and Leigh Broxham were pushed into the centre of defence, with 19-year-old Dylan Murnane standing in at left-back.

Galloway believes the win, despite fielding an understrength side, shows the quality of depth the club possesses this season.

“The quality of the squad – anyone can step into any position when need be,” Galloway said.

“This week we had to do that with suspension and injuries so credit to all the boys that have been played out of position. They did fantastic and they kept a clean sheet and that’s what we wanted.

“As a defender you really want clean sheets and to go that long without a clean sheet it’s not a good thing, it’s not what you want.

“It shows how good all the players are in this team and it shows that we are going to be a team to watch this year.

“I feel if someone steps out then someone can step in and do the job as well. It really shows that no matter what’s happening we’re always going to be ready.”

Victory’s depth will be tested once again next week when Mark Milligan joins the Socceroos for a friendly against Japan.

Muscat will also be without Galloway, Jason Geria and Connor Pain who were called up for a three-game tournament in China with the Olyroos.

Galloway admitted it will be a tough period for the club but one that it should have little trouble fixing.

“It is tough,” Galloway said. “Especially at a club like Victory where we have so many internationals.

“But that’s a credit to the club to have so many good young and senior players coming through.

“It definitely takes its toll but with our depth in the squad we can make do when players are away like on the weekend.”

Victory’s next test is against Newcastle Jets this Saturday at the newly re-laid Hunter Stadium, with Besart Berisha, Leijer and Georgievski all available for selection.