Perseverance the focus for Victory

Persistence and hard work on the training track are the keys to turning Melbourne Victory’s fortunes around, according to coach Kevin Muscat.

Victory ended its run of four straight losses with a 1-1 draw against Perth last Sunday, with Besart Berisha’s first half penalty cancelled out by a Diego Castro spot kick in the 74th minute.

“One thing is for certain.  We’re going to persist, and we’re going to maintain what we’re trying to do,” Muscat told reporters after the match.

“The return of chances is still very, very high.  We’ve just got to get to that point where if we’re taking one in two chances, we’d have a healthy score, but it’s not to be at the moment.

“It starts tomorrow.  We get back in, we recover, and we look to get better.  We work hard to get better, and train hard to get better.

“We go to Newcastle, and all that preparation, analysis and training, you put into practice during the game.”

Muscat was pleased with the output of the two additions to the starting 11 last week, Thomas Deng and Jesse Makarounas.

Deng was named as the Autovate Man of the Match for his performance in the heart of the Victory defence, while Makarounas impressed in midfield as a replacement for Gui Finkler.

Victory faces the Newcastle Jets this Sunday at Hunter Stadium, with kick-off at 5pm AEDT, and live coverage on Fox Sports.