Delighted Berisha responds to critics after Victory dominate Wanderers
Besart Berisha and his coach Kevin Muscat shared a warm embrace after Melbourne Victory's emphatic 3-0 win over Western Sydney Wanderers on Friday night at Sydney's ANZ Stadium.
The win temporarily pushes Victory into third and was the ideal boost ahead of their huge Big Blue with league leaders Sydney FC on Australia Day.
And with Berisha's classy assist and a well-taken second goal, it was a near-perfect night for the Victorian powerhouse as their talismanic striker reminded the league of his class.
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"The way he [Muscat] sounded and the way he talked to me I think he's very, very pleased with our performance," a delighted Berisha told Fox Sports.
"The boys played amazing tonight. And it was one of our best games. Everybody played great. We showed fight and we want more!
"We're hungry and we came out motivated tonight with a positive performance. I'm really happy for that."
Berisha, the league's all-time greatest goal scorer with over 100 goals, is held up to the highest of standards by fans and media.
And with six goals from 14 games before the win over Wanderers, some had suggested it was a drop in his lofty standards.
Berisha responded to that with this: "I hear the criticism but it's really important I focus on my club and my team.
"I try always to be ready and help my team and fight for them. And I try every week.
"But I'm also a person [human]. I miss opportunities but I never give up and I'm always going to give 100%.
"This is the type of striker I am. Sometimes it doesn't work but I never give up and happy today I scored and could help the team."