Troisi: Victory still chasing Sydney FC

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The Big V strengthened their hold on second spot on Sunday but still believe they can catch the Sky Blues and lift the Premier's Plate

James Troisi insists Melbourne Victory are focused on catching Sydney FC and winning the A-League premiership after their methodical win over Central Coast Mariners.

With Troisi in the type of form that has him earmarked for a Socceroos call-up next month, Victory were too classy for the hosts as they cruised to a 3-0 win in Gosford on Sunday.

Western Sydney Wanderers 1 Sydney FC 0

With the Sky Blues losing an absorbing Sydney derby 1-0 on Saturday night, Victory have closed the gap to eight points at the top of the A-League heading into the last seven rounds.

"We're definitely going to keep fighting for top spot," Troisi told Fox Sports after the win over Central Coast.

"As long as we focus on ourselves and play the way we want to play, when we win that's what it's all about.

"We're very happy. There's a lot of tough games coming up, for the other teams as well, so it will be interesting."

Troisi was a standout for Kevin Muscat's side against the Mariners, playing a leading hand in Besart Berisha's first-half opener before doubling the lead with a superb second goal after the break.

Berisha - in his 150th A-League clash - then put the icing on the cake near full-time to take his goals tally this season to 16.

Asked about the manner of the win, Troisi said: "It was fantastic, it was more like us.

Central Coast Mariners 0 Melbourne Victory 3

"We worked hard, we played to our structure and we created a lot of chances.

"We scored three but we could have had a lot more. That's the most pleasing thing about the game today."

Troisi has been in sensational form over the last couple of months and would appear a certainty for selection in Ange Postecoglou's Socceroos squad for next month's World Cup qualifiers against Iraq and United Arab Emirates.

"I'm doing my thing. I'm happy with the way I'm playing at the moment," said the 28-year-old.

"Obviously I'm scoring goals but more importantly I'm providing goals for my team. As long as I keep doing my stuff on the pitch that [the Socceroos] will take care of itself."

 

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