Muscat scoffs at Victory ‘crisis’ talk
KEVIN Muscat declared that there was no confidence crisis at Melbourne Victory, as he prepares for another patchwork job in Saturday night's clash with the Brisbane Roar.
The Victory coach predicted a "remorseful" Besart Berisha would come out firing on his return from a two-week ban at Etihad Stadium.
The Victory have had their worst start to an A-League season (three draws and two losses), but Muscat was confident a first win was nigh.
"It becomes a concern if you lose confidence. But if you thought you seen a team that lacked confidence (in the 1-1 draw with Western Sydney), we'll disagree,'' Muscat said.
"In fact, the response from the 21,000 (fans in attendance) indicated to me that they seen a group that certainly wasn't lacking in confidence, but had a go.
"There hasn't been a game we haven't been in this season. We've got to get a move on and put it together for longer periods.''
Mark Milligan will join James Troisi and Kosta Barbarouses on international duty, while Mitch Austin is suspended and Christian Theoharous returns today from Young Socceroos duty after qualifying for next year's Asian Under 19 Championships.
But Muscat expects Berisha to step up after his suspension for touching an official.
"Bes still won't take a backward step, he's still got a fierce desire to win and succeed and score goals,'' he said.
"If anything, the last two weeks he's (shown) genuine remorse with what's happened and towards his teammates that he's not been able to help in a time of need.
"Hopefully we'll see him work even harder for his teammates. He worked pretty hard during those two weeks, especially early on.
"We gain two players and lose two players, which seems to be the story of the season.
"The boys that have gone out there have done themselves really proud, which is why I don't buy into talk of crisis or whatever you want to mention. There's been so many positives.
"We need to put it together for longer, and we will do that.''