Victory enjoying time out of limelight
FOOTBALL: While cross-town rival Melbourne City has been capturing all the headlines this season, Kevin Muscat says he is happy for his team to be flying under the radar.
The Melbourne Victory coach watched on as Tim Cahill's goal won the FFA Cup for City on Wednesday night over Sydney FC.
City's first trophy success has unusually left Muscat and his club out of the media's glare.
But a win tonight over the Perth Glory at AAMI Park could potentially take the Victory past City into second place on the A-League ladder. City faces the Brisbane Roar tomorrow night.
Muscat said while it was unusual for his team to be devoid of attention, he was happy with how things were travelling.
"That's the first time that (being out of the spotlight) has ever been levelled at this football club,” Muscat said.
"We're comfortable and I've maintained our performances have been very good.
"But if we had to sit in review of the season we'd be disappointed in letting some points slip.
"We're comfortable and we're steadily improving and getting to a position where we've got a settled squad, so that hasn't happened in the first part of season.
"But we're comfortable and we believe we still have improvement in us.”
The Victory has won its past two games without conceding a goal and will go into tonight's clash as favourite.
The Glory had a disappointing 2-0 defeat at the hands of the Central Coast Mariners in Gosford last week and has struggled away from home this season.
Victory winger Mitch Austin will miss the game with an ankle injury picked up in last week's 2-0 win over the Newcastle Jets. Muscat said he would be sidelined for a few weeks.
Defender Daniel Georgievski is expected to be available, while goalkeeper Lawrence Thomas is also set to return from injury.
Georgievski has been out for the past month with a broken collarbone, while Thomas missed the win over Newcastle with a finger complaint.
The keeper looks likely to replace Matt Acton, who had an impressive debut last week.
While the Victory is undefeated against Perth at AAMI Park since Muscat took the reins in 2013, it has not beaten the Glory since March 2014.
The Glory will be wary of Victory winger Marco Rojas, who has scored five goals this season.