Punishing Postecoglou puts Melbourne Victory troops through their paces

The Victory coach was a bitterly disappointed man after his side lost the Melbourne derby to rivals Heart, and he has taken it out on his players ahead their game against Brisbane
GOAL.com Indonesia   By ROBERT SOMERS

An angry Ange Postecoglou has put Melbourne Victory through a brutal training session ahead of their crucial encounter against his old side Brisbane Roar on Saturday.

Both the Roar and Victory will take losing form into the grudge match at Suncorp Stadium after respective losses to Perth Glory and Melbourne Heart on the A-League's opening weekend.

Postecoglou stood in the middle of Gosch's Paddock for most of Victory's high-tempo training session on Tuesday as assistant coaches viciously barked instructions at the players.

Striker Danny Allsopp said Postecoglou's mood reflected the frame of mind he had been in since Friday's 2-1 loss to Heart.

"It was punishing. That has been standard for us in pre-season," Allsopp told reporters.

"He was obviously disappointed and said the same things to the supporters as he did to us.

"He made his message after the game loud and clear and the boys have taken it pretty tough. They are hurting because [the loss] didn't really reflect the work we put in over the off-season."

The perfect way to get back in Postecoglou's good books would be to snare three points against the A-League title holders.

But it will be a difficult task for a team which will lose Archie Thompson, Mark Milligan and Marco Rojas to international duty.

"It's also going to be warmer up there than what it is in Melbourne. There are no easy games in the A-League so we have to be ready," Allsopp said.

"There will probably be two angry sides out on the field."

After coming on as the first substitute against Heart, Allsopp and fellow attacker Theo Markelis are likely to come into Postecoglou's starting front third as replacements for Thompson and Rojas.

Allsopp plans to use the Roar match to cement his position in the starting XI.

"Everyone wants to play as much as they can. I will try to play to my strengths and not think too much about the week after," he said.

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