Interim Head Coach, Steve Kean, has addressed the absence of Melbourne Victory’s suspended players ahead of tomorrow night’s visit to Sydney FC.
Callum McManaman, Robbie Kruse and Jake Brimmer will all miss the fixture at Jubilee Stadium, after an accumulation of yellow cards over the course of the season.
Victory will also be without Adama Traore who is awaiting the outcome of a disciplinary hearing.
“This brings an opportunity for the young lads,” said Kean.
“With games coming thick and fast, there’s an opportunity for the young guys to show, shine and make an impression with everybody watching.”
Four suspensions combined with the ongoing recoveries of Ryan Shotton and Marco Rojas, has paved the way for a potential debut for 19-year-old striker, Nishan Velupillay.
“He’s done very well in the games that he has played for the youth team.
“He’s quick, he’s got bags of energy and I think he’s got a bright future,” said Kean.
Following Friday’s dramatic 5-4 win over Western Sydney Wanderers, Kean is focused on improving the squad’s game management.
“When we’re ahead we need to make sure we don’t chase another goal and leave ourselves open.
“If they do manage to get a goal, we need to diffuse it and not get edgy,” he said.
Kean is also encouraging the squad to maintain focus when in the lead.
“It’s about trying to get on the ball and retaining possession.
“We need to stay in control and not give the ball away cheaply, which then gives the opposition an opportunity.”
Victory will be aiming to recreate Friday night’s efficiency in the final third, where Ben Folami scored his first and second A-League goals for the club.
“We’ve got to take the good parts from the last game and work through the bits that can be improved,” Kean assessed.
“We know what type of quality Sydney has and it’s not about the individuals, we know the way they play.
“We’ve worked through it on the training ground this week and we are ready.”