Barbarouses reveals backing for coach

01 March 2018 03:22:47 EST
Kevin Muscat

Melbourne Victory's return to winning ways against Adelaide showed the level of support for coach Kevin Muscat, says Kosta Barbarouses.

Victory climbed back to fourth place in the A-League table with their 3-0 success, and relieved some of the pressure on Muscat.

Defending champions Sydney FC and Newcastle Jets are the only teams who have shown much consistency this season, and the Sky Blues' dominance is troubling for Victory fans.

Muscat's side have only half Sydney FC's 16 wins for the campaign, and they've lost eight games compared to the Sky Blues' one.

So losing to Graham Arnold's side and then against Newcastle and Brisbane Roar in successive weeks led to suggestions they were a divided club.

Muscat's contract expires at the end of the season, but Barbarouses says the players showed in their win against Adelaide that they back him to the hilt.

You don't do that unless you care about each other.

Kosta Barbarouses

The most revealing moment came when Leroy George, after scoring the second goal from a free kick, raced off in the coach's direction banging the club crest.

"Everyone backs Musky and believes what he's doing," said Barbarouses. "The performance we put in after travelling and playing in a tough match ... you don't do that unless you care about each other.

"We were over-running (Adelaide) and it showed more than anything we cared. The way Leroy banged the goal in and he took off celebrating, it got everyone else up."

The win was the positive reaction the club needed, the New Zealand international added, and they're still gunning for a third Grand Final in four years.

Barbarouses, who's in his second spell with Victory after a stint with Wellington, said: "I've left and come back again because I love the way we play here. I'm rapt that it's stayed very similar - it's proven that it works."

Melbourne Victory are 19/20 to win the Grand Final.

Victory are 5/4 to win their next game against Melbourne City, who are 2/1 with the draw 13/5.

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