Heat is on Melbourne Victory after six-goal slaughter

Heat is on Melbourne Victory after six-goal slaughter

By Lance Jenkinson

The heat is on the Melbourne Victory.

The long-time A-League powerhouse has officially hit rock bottom.

There is nowhere to hide for the Victory after a diabolical 6-0 loss to crosstown rivals Melbourne City in the Melbourne Derby at Marvel Stadium on Saturday night.

It was a bloodbath.

The Victory fans are known to stand by their team in down periods, but this was unacceptable and their fans let their disgust be known at the full time whistle.

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Melbourne Victory coach Grant Brebner had a tough night at the office.

They were unhappy with the team’s performance, baffled by some of coach Grant Brebner’s tactics and questioned the club’s recruitment policy over a sustained period.

You can usually walk away from a loss with a bit of hope, but this was as hopeless as it gets for Victory.

From one through to 11, the Victory players lowered their colours.

Robbie Kruse tried to vain to lift the Victory early in the second half, while substitute Luis Lawrie-Lattanzio was bubbly when he came on, but that was it.

In contrast, Melbourne City was effervescent from the first kick to the last.

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Melbourne City players celebrate with the away fans.

City’s desire to rub salt into the wounds of the Victory was evident as they scored in the final minute through young substitute Stefan Colakovski.

Incredibly, City, who had dictated play for large chunks of the first half, was only one goal up at half time, from a fortuitous Jamie Maclaran goal.

Maclaren had earlier missed a penalty, so he gleefully accepted the go-ahead goal, even if it was by an accidental backheel.

The second half started more promisingly for the Victory, piling on the pressure for the first five minutes.

However, once City scored through Florin Berenguer in the 52nd minute, it well and truly opened the floodgates.

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Rostyn Griffiths celebrates his headed goal.

Rostyn Griffiths ventured forward to score a header from a corner, the bull-at-a-gate Connor Metcalfe pounced to score the next two goals before Colakovski put the icing on a sweet City cake.

This was a slick City performance, headlined by a super display from Andrew Nabbout against his former side.

Nabbout took full advantage of an inexperienced left side of the Victory defence, penetrating Aaron Anderson and Dalibor Markovic with ease.

City has powered up to fourth on the ladder with 15 points, while Victory is holding up the ladder with a dismal seven points.

City will feature under the Friday night lights at AAMI Park next up against A-League new boys Macarthur, while Victory is back at Marvel Stadium on Saturday night for a clash with high flying Adelaide United.

Lance Jenkinson

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