Victory finally turn on style

Written By Unknown on Senin, 05 November 2012 | 23.40

Strike force ... Marco Rojas (2nd R) is congratulated on his second goal. Source: George Salpigtidis / News Limited

Marco Rojas celebrated his 21st birthday with two gift goals against his former A-League club as Melbourne Victory climbed into the top six with a 3-2 win over Wellington at Etihad Stadium on Monday night.

Marcos Flores scored Melbourne's other, before two late long-range goals from Wellington's Jeremy Brockie gave the home side a scare.

The Victory displaced Sydney FC from sixth spot on goal difference, after the Sky Blues' horror 7-2 loss to Central Coast on Saturday, with Melbourne to meet Sydney on Saturday night.

P W D L GD Pts
1 Adelaide 5 4 0 1 5 12
2 Central Coast 5 3 1 1 6 10
3 Perth 5 3 0 2 2 9
4 Newcastle 5 3 0 2 0 9
5 Western Sydney 5 2 1 2 0 7
6 Victory 5 2 0 3 -5 6
7 Sydney 5 2 0 3 -6 6
8 Wellington 5 1 2 2 -1 5
9 Brisbane 5 1 1 3 2 4
10 Heart 5 1 1 3 -3 4

In front of a 20,683-strong crowd, Melbourne dominated most of the match, continually finding holes in Wellington's defence before breaking through in the 23rd minute with a beautifully-constructed opener.

The architect was Brazilian midfielder Gui Finkler, back from injury and producing form not seen in his previous three A-League matches.

Finkler sent a perfectly-weighted ball from midfield into the path of Thompson on the right, freeing the Socceroos striker to run to the edge of the box, draw Mark Paston, then pass to Rojas for the simplest of finishes.

That was topped in the 38th minute, when Argentine Flores worked his way into the box, exchanged a deft series of passes with Finkler then swerved a shot inside the left post with the outside of his right boot.

The win looked assured three minutes into the second half when Mark Milligan sent Thompson clear in attack and Thompson set up Rojas for another easy goal.

Wellington coach Ricki Herbert tried to spark his team with a double substitution soon after, pulling attacking pair Paul Ifill and Stein Huysegems.

The visitors pressed hard late and were rewarded with a ripping 81st-minute goal from Brockie, whose long-range left-footer struck the underside of the crossbar on the way in.

Brockie scored again two minutes into stoppage time, with a free kick which keeper Nathan Coe knocked back only after it crossed the goal line, forcing Melbourne to face a nervous remaining two minutes.

Melbourne Victory coach Ange Postecoglou said the disappointing finish left a bad taste in his mouth despite dominating for so long.

"The last half-hour was unacceptable, we've got to be better than that,'' he said.

"We're working really hard on a style of play and being disciplined about it and we veered away from it.

"The result was the last thing on my mind. I'm just really disappointed that we chose to veer away from what we've been doing.''

Phoenix coach Ricki Herbert said the score flattered his side.

"We weren't good enough tonight. Let's pay credit to Melbourne - I thought they were very good and we were very disappointing,'' Herbert said.

Relive the game with all the vital stats and key highlights in our A-League Match Centre.

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