Melbourne Victory striker Archie Thompson scored the winner in the 90th minute in Saturday night’s 2-1 triumph over Perth Glory.
They say possession is nine-tenths of the law, but Melbourne Victory aren’t resting easy just yet despite leapfrogging the Wanderers into second spot on the A-League ladder.
Victory secured a valuable three points on Saturday night when Archie Thompson made the most of some slack marking to pop up for a 90th-minute winner in their 2-1 triumph over Perth Glory at nib Stadium.
Brisbane Roar (45 points) are almost certain to finish first, but the race for second is set to come down to the wire, with Victory (36), Western Sydney (35), Central Coast (33), Sydney (32) and Adelaide (31) all in the hunt.
Under the current finals format, the top two teams skip the opening week of the finals before playing off against lower-ranked opponents in the semi-finals.
Victory are in the midst of a hectic schedule, and will play their fourth game in 12 days when they take on Japanese outfit Yokohama F. Marinos in their Asian Champions League clash in Melbourne.
Following that is a daunting clash with Brisbane Roar at Suncorp Stadium on Saturday.
Victory coach Kevin Muscat said his team would have to fight tooth and nail to stay in second spot.
“This time of year now, teams are starting to get desperate. Pressure will mount for different reasons. Different positions on the table are being played for,” Muscat said.
“It’s good to be involved in. It’s cut-throat football. Every game from here on … is going to be a difficult one.
“Nothing’s handed out yet. We’re second, but there’s four games left.”
Last-placed Glory are on track for their first ever wooden spoon after their winless streak stretched to nine games.
Interim coach Kenny Lowe said the glut of youthful players in the side meant it was hard to get results.
“When the ball goes out for a throw-in in the 89th minute, you’ve got to be switched on and diligent,” Lowe said.
“And again naivety from ourselves – again with the younger players – it’s cost us.
“There’s a bit of frustration from the older players because of a lack of intelligence at times, lack of game savvy.
“But that comes after you’ve had 50, 60 league games, not five or six.
“The young lads here are working every so hard to do well. But unfortunately they’re going to make mistakes.”