Melbourne Victory fans have been waiting a long time to get a taste of derby success this season and it came on Saturday.
The Big V defeated cross-town rivals Melbourne City 2-1 in a pulsating pre-Christmas derby, having lost the previous two.
Victory skipper Carl Valeri said it was important to get the win leading up to the 10-day break and also explained how important it was for the fans.
“For us Saturday was important to get the win, obviously for the derby rights but also to go into our little break which is 10 days until we play our next game.” Valeri told MFootball at the new Adidas Home Court store at Southland on Monday.
“Having the derby win for our fans and our members and for ourselves is fantastic.
“I mean people might not say that but it is a good feeling to win your local derby and I’m sure the City players would say the same when they won.
“It’s something you could tell our fans and members were really happy with and that’s important for us going into Christmas. We’re sitting second spot with a game in hand, but in saying that it’s only December. We’ve got a long way to go and we get our confidence from our performances.”
The Melbourne derby is becoming somewhat of a regular occurrence this year with the two having gone head-to-head in the opening weeks of the season before meeting again in the FFA Cup semi final 10 days later on top of Saturday’s clash, with one more still to play for.
Valeri noticed the difference between the first two derby losses and admitted that they learned from their mistakes.
“The first time we played them [Melbourne City], we stuffed up, we didn’t play our game, we were all pretty bad,” he said.
“When everyone’s playing bad, you kind of put up your hands and say look we were woeful and work on it, and second was a semi final in the FFA Cup.
“But really you just break it down game by game. If you look too far into the past what do you achieve? Were thinking moving forward, our performances have been great and that what gives us the kind of motion to keep moving forward and to keep getting better our performances so that’s what were focused on.”
With the derby result done and dusted, Victory can now turn its attention to next week in which they play the Central Coast Mariners at AAMI Park, which is sure to be no easy task.
“They’re [Central Coast] in a transition phase with Paul Okon and I think a good transition,” he said.
“They’ve been playing some good football, some attractive football, possession based side its always difficult to play against us.
“There’s no easy team in the A-League any respective of where there sitting on the ladder, every games tough and we will prepare the same way we do every game.”