Muscat: Victory were the better team

Melbourne Victory coach Kevin Muscat says his side’s last-gasp finals exit was demoralizing and insists his players were the better team.

Victory took the lead on 85 minutes through Besart Berisha before conceding two late goals to bow out of the finals.

“It was demoralizing. We didn’t deserve that tonight,” Muscat told Fox Sports.


Victory had the better of the possession and chances in the first half, before a more even second 45.

Despite that, Muscat bemoaned the defeat where he said his side played the better football.

“How we didn’t get ourselves ahead before that (half-time), it was disappointing,” he said.

“The final ball, the end product, to score so late and the concede two goals in four minutes, it’s a bit hard to take.

“The players put in so much tonight and we were the better team. But we move on.”

Muscat had no complaints about Jason Geria’s late sending off, but was upset Henrique didn’t cop further sanction for a raised elbow on Leigh Broxham which only received a yellow card.

“There were two big decisions,” Muscat said.

“Jason, I can’t have any complaints, he’s got himself sent off. Two soft yellow cards but they were there.

“Someone throws there arm in the air. It’s deemed not enough contact or high contact. A big decision didn’t go our way tonight.”

Victory are next in action on Tuesday night away to Shanghai SIPG in the AFC Champions League.

“We’re still alive in one competition and it’s a competition we’ve taken seriously,” Muscat said.

“Even tonight, coming away from home, we tried to play.”