Ange keeps the faith
December 21, 2012 12:34:21 UK
Melbourne Victory coach Ange Postecoglou has backed his side who earned a 1-1 draw against defending champions Brisbane Roar, ahead of the Melbourne derby on Saturday.
The Victory go into the clash against Melbourne Heart desperate to end a depressing sequence against their cross-town rivals.
Their 2-1 defeat at Etihad Stadium in Round 1 still rankles with Postecoglou, the players and the fans.
And with Billy Celeski (back) and Mark Milligan (hamstring) having shrugged off minor injuries, the Victory coach has named an unchanged line-up.
"I guess the Round 1 defeat hammers it (importance of the match) home to you," Postecoglou said.
"I understand how important this is for everyone associated with our football club.
"The supporters want desperately to win. Everyone involved in our football club is desperate to win, as am I. We need to win tomorrow night.
"(In Round One) we missed a great opportunity. We just didn't show it on the day.
"Tomorrow is another great opportunity to make some special memories for our football club, our fans and when those come along, you want to take them."
There have been an average of six cards dished out over the seven Melbourne derbies, with three players being sent off.
And Postecoglou said: "It'll be physical - physical in football terms, which makes it a good contest.
"There's human emotions involved and there's going to be a full house and an unbelievable atmosphere.
"Everyone is looking forward to it and when there's that kind of energy in a game, people are going to push the limits of everything.
"We want to see a cracking game and the physical stuff is part of it.
"We want to play with a good energy and passion for a contest. (There's) no point going out there being sterile about things. The players know where the boundaries are (though)."
Victory sit third on the A-League table with 17 points, five more than the eighth-placed Heart.
Heart are 2.87 to win, 3.40 to draw and 2.37 to lose to Victory.
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