Effort was outstanding says Muscat

14 February 2018 05:27:56 EST

Coach Kevin Muscat praised Melbourne Victory's fighting qualities after they drew 3-3 with Ulsan Hyundai in their opening Group F clash in the Asian Champions League.

Though they fell behind three times to the Koreans, the home side never led Ulsan settle and each time pegged them back within a few minutes.

Leroy George got Victory's first two goals at AAMI Park and Rhys Williams earned them a point with the third equaliser after the interval.

Muscat felt his side had shown their mettle in reacting positively when they went behind.

"For us to peg back three leads was an outstanding effort from the group and reacted to going down three times, it was outstanding and the second goal from Leroy, the build-up was phenomenal," said the coach.

"To play with that sort of confidence, against a very good team that we should respect, but naturally to concede three goals at home (was disappointing), but I think the reaction from the group was the most telling thing."

Victory now face two tough away games in a row, going to Shanghai SIPG next week and heading to Japan to take on Kawasaki Frontale next month.

They had wanted a win to kick-start their campaign, but having lost their last three league games it represented a step forward.

"I look at that performance tonight and I see everyone fighting for the football club," said Muscat. "After a difficult game, the last one (a 2-1 home defeat to Brisbane Roar), I thought the effort was outstanding."

Victory are 21/20 to win their next A-League game against Adelaide United, who are 5/2, with the draw 13/5.

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