Postecoglou says his side were not determined in the first two weeks of the season, but that changed in the 2-1 win over Adelaide on Friday
|By DAMIEN SOUNESS
Melbourne Victory coach Ange Postecoglou believes his side's determination proved the difference in Friday's 2-1 win over Adelaide United.
Goals from Mark Milligan and Marco Rojas secured Postecoglou's first win at the helm after a Dario Vidosic penalty had briefly given Adelaide the lead at Docklands.
The win came following season-opening losses to Melbourne Heart and Brisbane Roar, leaving Victory at the bottom of the A-League table before kick-off. United were on top, with two wins from as many matches.
"Regardless of the style of game you want to play, there's still a contest out there every week," Postecoglou said.
"You've got to be determined and resilient in your attitude as well as trying to implement the style of football you want to play.
"I just thought in the first two weeks we weren't that - we weren't determined, we weren't resilient. The desire wasn't as great as it should be.
"It's a real even league. It was top versus bottom tonight, but what does that mean? It means absolutely nothing.
"When there's such a fine line between all the teams, sometimes just being a little bit more determined can get you over the top.
"We're nowhere near where we want to be, but we're really confident as a football club that we're making good decisions right now and going about things the right way for us to be successful in a meaningful way in the not too distant future."
Postecoglou made six changes to the side that were humiliated by Brisbane, with Milligan, Rojas and Archie Thompson returning from international commitments, while Tando Velaphi, Billy Celeski and Petar Franjic were handed their first starts under the new coach.
"You always try and put a team out there you think will get you the result and the end product you want," Postecoglou added.
"The whole group's worked pretty hard for the last four months. I knew whoever I threw in there would be able to do a job.
"It's just about who was feeling the best about themselves and who could fill the role that we wanted.
"The ones who came in did their jobs really well and were disciplined."
Victory has additional room to move under the salary cap following the unexpected retirement of veteran forward Danny Allsopp, but Postecoglou said he would not be rushed into any new signings.
"[I have] great respect for Danny for making that decision because there's a lot of people in his position that maybe wouldn't have and just played out the year," he said.
"He was honest enough to say it was time for him and it does give us some room, but we're not going to go out there and just bring someone in for the sake of it."