Melbourne Victory coach Kevin Muscat says final positions on the A-League table could come down to moments such as the one which landed his side a last-gasp win over Perth Glory on Saturday night.
Victory snatched 2-1 win over Glory at nib Stadium after veteran striker Archie Thompson scored in the 90th minute to seal the three points for the visitors and lift Muscat’s side to second on the table with four rounds to play.
“This time of year is where teams are starting to get desperate for different reasons and different positions on the table are being played for,” Muscat said.
“It’s cut-throat football and every game from here is going to be a difficult one.
“I couldn’t be happier for the boys tonight because we hung in there, we kept working, the desire to go on and get the winning goal was there and it was certainly evident with the second-oldest player on the park making a forward run in the 90th minute to get himself his rewards.”
Victory has won four of its past five A-League matches and looms as serious contender for the championship.
However, the two-time champions must balance A-League duties with a push for glory in the Asian Champions League.
Victory will play Yokohama F. Marinos at AAMI Park on Tuesday night in what will be the club’s fourth game in 12 days.
Thompson, Pablo Contreras, James Troisi and Gui Finkler did not play against Jeonbuk Motors last Wednesday and could again be among those rotated over the next batch of games.
Perth Glory's interim coach Kenny Lowe meanwhile remains in the dark about his chances of remaining in charge next season.
“I’d love to be around to have an influence on them further down the line, but whether that happens I haven’t got a clue,” he said.
“I know while I’ve been here I’ve enjoyed myself and I think I’ve coped admirably with the issues we’ve had at the club.
“Can I coach? Yes I can coach, but it’s down to the other people to make the choices and the way before."