Melbourne Victory seem locked into second-place, but despite a playoff bye appearing secure, coach Kevin Muscat was frustrated by his team's 3-0 defeat to Wellington Phoenix on Sunday.
"I can't remember the last time I have come here and been so disappointed in the performance," the coach said after the defeat.
The defeat is the third in four weeks for Victory and just the third loss AAMI Park in the campaign. But former Victory defender Muscat is aware that his team will not be able to rely on reputation as the postseason begings.
“You can’t get to the finals coasting and flick a switch and then you perform well,” Muscat said. “You might do it for 10 minutes, you might do it for a half. If you’re lucky, you might do it for a game. But it won’t last.
“That’s the biggest challenge for me and the group. To make sure, we’ve had a good season, to not just coast our way to the finals and then expect to perform well in them.”
Victory travel to meet Western Sydney Wanderers before closing the regular season at home against Central Coast Mariners.