Victory turn focus to Sydney AL clash

Anna Harrington
Melbourne coach Carlos Salvachua says the team's sole focus is the next match against Sydney FC

After claiming his first A-League win in six attempts as Melbourne Victory interim coach, Carlos Salvachua is quickly turning his focus to next week's clash with table-toppers Sydney FC.

Victory came from 1-0 down to win 2-1 on Saturday night, with Marco Rojas scoring his first goal since returning to the club and Andrew Nabbout netting a late winner.

The result puts Victory just six points off the top six, but Salvachua emphasised the need to focus solely on next Saturday's clash with the Sky Blues, rather than looking beyond it.

"We want to talk about the next game - just Sydney," he said.

"(We'll) talk about that we've played 10 games (including Asian Champions League) that I've been in charge, and at the end, we've won four and we've drawn two.

"(In) six games, we've got results - (including) playing six games away, travelling through all the world as well with just a couple of trainings.

"I think that now our contest is different and now we have started winning tonight and now we focus on the next 90 minutes."

Victory are reaping the rewards of a bolstered squad.

Rojas was excellent in his second A-League start, while Leigh Broxham played 58 minutes in his return from a calf injury.

Victory hope Adama Traore will be fit to face Sydney after he pulled up sore.

Salvachua reserved praise for matchwinner Nabbout, who left Coopers Stadium in tears after spurning multiple chances in Victory's first-up loss under their interim coach - but redeemed himself with a late winner on Saturday night.

"He finished crying last game, remember, in Adelaide and today as well - crying but in a different way, at the end," Salvachua said.

"He's a good boy and he needs these kind of moments as well, of course.

"But he's part of the squad and for me, one of the important things today is how we celebrated the goal - all the staff together on the bench, all the players and all the fans together."