Kruse masterclass powers Victory past Jets

Anna Harrington
Robbie Kruse (C) was among the scorers in Melbourne Victory's 4-0 A-League thumping of Newcastle

A Robbie Kruse masterclass has helped Melbourne Victory to back to back A-League wins, with the Socceroo leading his side to a 4-0 thumping of the Newcastle Jets at AAMI Park.

Kruse opened the scoring in the ninth minute, birthday boy Migjen Basha netted in the 61st and Andrew Nabbout powered home three minutes later, with Kruse also featuring in his teammates' goals.

Matt Millar completed a miserable road trip to Melbourne for the Jets on Sunday with an 85th-minute own goal.

"After the second and third goal the game was done but before it was hard work," Victory coach Marco Kurz said.

"Especially in the first half I was not 100 per cent happy in the way we played, because I said to the boys 'we need more intensity, more clearness, more ball speed in our set-up, in our build-up, in our final decisions.'

"At the end, it was a fantastic result for us."

With Tim Hoogland injured and Ola Toivonen suspended, Jakob Poulsen and Kristijan Dobras earned reprieves in midfield, while Elvis Kamsoba pushed out wide to support Nabbout and Kruse.

Leigh Broxham moved to centre-back in another tactical change for the Victory.

The Jets backed in the squad that drew against Brisbane Roar, but Victory dominated from the outset, with Broxham and Kruse spurning early opportunities before the pair created the opening goal.

Broxham delivered a long ball over the top to Kruse, who used his head to control the ball before slammed it past the legs of Glen Moss.

Newcastle were largely outclassed and their chances were few and far between, before Basha put Victory in control on the scoreboard in the 61st minute.

Adama Traore found Kruse on the left flank, who cut inside and forced a save from Moss.

The goalkeeper could only parry the ball to Basha, allowing the Albanian to celebrate his 33rd birthday in style.

Three minutes later Poulsen released Kruse down the right hand side and the winger cut the ball back for Nabbout, who took a touch then struck the ball past Moss to secure the points.

Salt was rubbed in the Jets' wounds in the dying minutes when Millar turned Anthony Lesiotis' cross into his own net.

"In the front third we didn't even look like we were going to score - in fact I can't think of Lawrence Thomas making one save," Jets coach Ernie Merrick lamented post-match.

"If you're not going to score goals, you're going to struggle to win a game.

"Not only did we not score goals, we're conceding them badly now, so we've got to fix up our defence next week."

The Victory now sit in seventh on goal difference behind Adelaide, while the Jets remain at the bottom of the table.

Meanwhile, Hoogland is set to be out for up to a month after knee surgery scheduled for Monday.