Melbourne Victory have survived a late scare to down Western Sydney Wanderers 5-4 in their first match since coach Grant Brebner dramatically exited the club.
- The Victory were playing six days after Grant Brebner was removed as coach
- The hosts had led 5-1 at one stage in the second half before the Wanderers fought back
- The Victory moved up one spot on the ladder to 11th place following the win
A Ben Folami brace and goals to Storm Roux, Dylan Ryan and Jacob Butterfield guided Victory to the upset win at Docklands on Friday night just six days after a 7-0 thrashing by Melbourne City led to Brebner’s departure.
Despite a late fightback, the result heaps further pressure on Wanderers coach Carl Robinson, whose star-laden side has played more matches than any other team in the A-League but sits just three points clear of ninth-placed Wellington Phoenix and without a win in their last six appearances.
Robbie Kruse set up Victory’s opener in the 14th minute when he sent a cross over a mass of defenders that eventually fell to Folami at the back post, allowing him to fire home his first A-League goal.
Somehow, not one of the eight Wanderers defenders followed the run of Roux as he headed home a Jake Brimmer corner to make it two in the 27th minute.
Wanderers attacker James Troisi thundered home a Bruce Kamau cross in the 31st minute, but Folami subsequently took advantage of a Ziggy Gordon slip to volley home another corner with the last kick of the first half for a 3-1 lead.
Daniel Margush saved a Brimmer penalty attempt in the 62nd minute, only to then flounder as Ryan guided the midfielder’s subsequent corner home at the back post and Butterfield delivered a long-range peach to make it 5-1 in the 73rd minute.
Despite their disappointing performance, the Wanderers fought back as Graham Dorrans converted a penalty to reduce the deficit to three goals in the 76th minute remaining and Mitch Duke headed home in the 86th minute.
Nicolai Muller’s long-range screamer in the 88th minute set the scene for a frantic finish, but Victory managed to hold on for the rare win.
Victory moved up one spot on the ladder, leaving the Newcastle Jets in last place.