Muscat slams 'unacceptable' Victory after shock loss to Brisbane Roar
Melbourne Victory coach described his side's first-half display as "unacceptable" following their 2-1 loss to Brisbane Roar at AAMI Park on Friday night.
A clinical and well-organised Roar completely bossed Victory in the opening half, leading 2-0 at the break.
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And despite a much brighter second half, the home side couldn't bridge the gap after James Troisi's stunning goal ensured a frantic finish.
"The first half was unacceptable. It was like we didn't turn up," a frustrated Muscat told Fox Sports.
"Individually and collectively we've got to take responsibility for that because it's simply not good enough."
Victory must address their concerns quickly given they face their first Asian Champions League group match at the same venue on Tuesday night.
One area of concern for Victory is a lack of concentration in defensive areas at key moments.
"You don't defend properly and both goals are scored from our errors," fumed Muscat.
"We don't' clear the first one and we give the ball away in ridiculous areas for the second one and we get punished for it.
"We can't defend like that. The defensive performance was nowhere near good enough.
"We can't defend like that and gift and give goals away," he added.
If there was one positive was the second half display, which Muscat said was encouraging.
"We turned up and had a go and played some decent stuff [after the break] but that first half performance it's got to be assessed and we have to take responsibility."