AAP Soccer

Victory seek positives from tough schedule

By AAP Newswire

Melbourne Victory will look to use a hectic upcoming schedule to find form and confidence as the traditional A-League powerhouse flounder outside the top six.

Victory lost their A-League clash with Sydney FC 3-0 on Friday night - three days after beating Bali United 5-0 - and travel to Japan on Saturday morning ahead of Tuesday's Asian Champions League qualifying match against Kashima Antlers.

They will then head to Perth for next Saturday's A-League match against the in-form Glory.

"We need to win a game as soon as possible - and the perfect situation is next Tuesday," interim coach Carlos Salvachua said post-match.

Frustrations boiled over late in the loss to Sydney, with Leigh Broxham picking up a second yellow card in an incident that saw Sky Blues midfielder Alexander Baumjohann sent off for retaliation, while there was also a scuffle.

Salvachua conceded there was a frustrated atmosphere in the dressing room at Victory, who have won just four of 15 A-League games.

"Yes the dressing room is like that now in this situation because the players, they are winners and we are not one of the winning teams during the year and especially today they are not happy," he said.

"But now we have to work on this situation, we have to change as soon as possible as well.

"Tomorrow (Saturday) we are flying at 7am in the morning and we'll be back here on Thursday to fly again on Friday to Perth.

"It's not an excuse - it's the situation now in this moment."

Victory will take their strongest available squad to Japan, but will need to assess the fitness levels of their players given the tight turnaround between multiple games.

Salvachua said his team needed to tighten up in defence and become more clinical in attack.

"Now we have to fix defensive problems because we concede a lot of goals," he said.

"And we are creating a lot of chances and then enough chances can win the games - and we have to finish because we have quality (up) front."