Troisi: It was a massive reaction

Following another helter skelter encounter, James Troisi is looking forward to a traditional lead-in to Saturday’s Australia Day blockbuster against Sydney FC. 

The attacker found himself in the thick of the action in Melbourne Victory’s 3-3 draw with Wellington Phoenix on Sunday night, scoring the second-half goal that ignited his side’s comeback charge.

“It was an exciting match, a lot of goals, but a little bit disappointing with the first half,” Troisi said post-match.

“It was a massive reaction from us in the second half. We found a lot of grit, determination, especially with the crazy schedule we’ve had, to come back from 3-1 down.

“All in all I think [tonight] was a good point, we could’ve pinched it in the end, but a draw is a fair outcome.”

Having navigated the worst of January’s fixture jam – which saw six matches in 23 days – Troisi and his teammates now look to a break before a blockbuster encounter against old rivals Sydney FC. 

“With our busy schedule a lot of us have had to back-up.

“We’ve had a few injured [players] and there are a lot of tired legs – this will be the first time we’ve had a proper week’s build-up – a five day lead-in [for a while].

With the impending visit of the Sky Blues, Troisi is looking forward to a solid week’s recovery and preparation almost as much as the match itself.

“Obviously this period has been extremely tough on the body. We’ll take time to recover, relax and get a few training sessions in, which we haven’t had lately, and look forward to a big game.

“These games are always fantastic and the league is quite tight right now, so we need to keep picking up as many points as we can.”

Melbourne Victory is back in action on Australia Day, Saturday 26 January at AAMI Park against Sydney FC.