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Muscat takes responsibility after Victory's 'off night'

7:00 AM MYT 13/05/2019
Kevin Muscat Melbourne Victory
The Victory coach has stressed his side's poor performance rests with him

A 6-1 defeat to Sydney FC in the A-League semi-finals is set to spark fresh scrutiny of Kevin Muscat's tenure in charge of Melbourne Victory and the man himself isn't about to go hiding. 

After watching his side capitulate on Sunday night, the Victory coach refused to single out players for the disappointing result, conceding the buck stops with him. 

"We had a very off night, credit to Sydney, they’ve earned the right to go to the grand final," Muscat said post-match

"This is sport, sometimes you have an off night and I take responsibility for that. 

"We’re a proud football club and we’ll explore areas because we need to get better. 

"We didn’t perform anywhere near our capability. I’m not shying away from the fact that we were comprehensively beaten. 

"We’re hurting and I apologise to our members and fans. We didn’t perform and that’s my responsibility." 

Despite strong recruitment over the off-season which saw Keisuke Honda and Ola Toivonen brought in, Victory have struggled for consistency and finished the regular season in third.

Their performances in the Asian Champions League have also left plenty to be desired with the club picking up just one point from five games. 

Muscat has been in charge of Victory since 2013 and has picked up two championships and an FFA Cup during that span.