A double from James Troisi helped Melbourne Victory to a much-needed 3-1 win over Central Coast Mariners in the A-League, helping the plight of under-pressure coach Kevin Muscat.
Troisi netted in each half on Saturday and Archie Thompson’s 50th-minute goal was enough for the Victory to come from behind at Central Coast Stadium for their first win outside Melbourne this season.
The result ended a dreadful recent run of form for the Victory who had managed just one win in their past six matches, conceding 17 goals in the process.
The result lifts Melbourne level with the Mariners in third place, though trailing on goal difference.
It could, however, have been very different for the home side, who went ahead after just 11 minutes as Bernie Ibini scored from close range for his first goal since returning from a six-month stint in China.
The Mariners were denied a penalty claim early in the second half with Pablo Contreras clumsily bringing down Mile Sterjovski from behind. However referee Matthew Gillett deemed the offence to have occurred outside the penalty area, though television replays proved otherwise.
After spurning several opportunities in the opening half, the Victory finally found their goalscoring touch with three goals in a 15-minute spell either side of the break.
Troisi tapped home a rebound with virtually the last kick of the first half, and doubled his tally on the hour mark, rounding out a sharp passing move by converting with a near-post finish for the goal of the match.
Thompson put the Victory in the lead for the first time five minutes after half-time by sweeping home Adam Traore’s perfectly delivered cross.