With just over a week until the new A-League season begins, there is still room for improvement at AAMI Park, despite a comprehensive victory over last season's premiers
Ange Postecoglou has described Melbourne Victory's pre-season win over Western Sydney Wanderers in Tasmania on Sunday as 'solid', but also insisted improvement was necessary ahead of the A-League season opener.
Victory won the clash 3-0, with first-half strikes from Mitch Nichols and Kosta Barbarouses before Wanderers goalkeeper Ante Covic gifted his former team an own goal after the break.
Speaking after the pre-season hit out, Postecoglou said his men started well but fell away in the second half.
The former Brisbane Roar tactician said Victory's intensity was not yet up to standard ahead of their season opener against Melbourne Heart on October 12.
"For the first half it was good, for the second half not so good," he said.
"I just thought the game became a bit scrappy you know, [it] just dropped in intensity a little bit."
Postecoglou was happy with the performances of marquee signing Pablo Contreras and recruit James Troisi, however he said the team would need to make use of all the time it had before their derby with Heart.
"We've still got two weeks and we're going to need two weeks to just fine tune things," he said.
"There's still stuff that we need to do better and, you know, we have to better in some areas."
Postecoglou was impressed by the facilities in Hobart, saying they were an improvement on what they had been used elsewhere, with a game on a questionable surface in Ipswich described as a 'waste of time' by the Victory coach earlier in September
"I'd been whinging a bit in the pre-season about some of the facilities we've had to play on and stuff, but this is the kind of thing that sort of encourages us to keep coming back here," he said.
"We got really well looked after and it became a meaningful part of our pre-season."