Melbourne Victory head coach Carlos Salvachua hopes his team can use a lighter schedule to build in the Hyundai A-League.
Victory played its eighth game in the past 33 days on Saturday in a 1-1 draw with the Newcastle Jets at McDonald Jones Stadium.
Ola Toivonen's second-half header cancelled out Roy O'Donovan's opener in Newcastle.
Speaking at his post-match news conference, Salvachua hopes a lighter schedule – which will see Victory play five games from now until the end of March – can lead to improvement.
on the second half…
"In the second half we started to push high, we were more aggressive, we had chances to score another goal and that's it. Two teams that we are not in our best moment and the ladder is clear and now keep going."
on the lighter schedule…
"Now we have five games in next month just during the weekends and then we'll start to train now. We played six, seven, eight games in one month and now we have the opportunity to use this second half to build up, to build up a new step and then we'll see what happens in the last month."
on upcoming home games…
"Of course next game against Adelaide and Sydney is the key of the competition. We need points, we need to win games and for sure that with the support of our fans at home will be different. We need rest as well, we need one day off for the players and then with four trainings try to start again and build up during the next month."