Melbourne Victory stand-in skipper Leigh Broxham says his A-League side have issues to work on, as plaudits pour in for their crushing season-opening win.
It was a clinical rout that put A-League rivals on notice, but title favourites Melbourne Victory feel there’s room for improvement.
Victory thrashed Asian Champions League finalists Western Sydney 4-1 in an entertaining season opener, recruits Matthieu Delpierre and Besart Berisha both scoring.
But as coach Kevin Muscat reviewed the match with his charges on Tuesday morning, it wasn’t all adulation.
“There was still some stuff that we could improve on,” utility Leigh Broxham said.
“Obviously, the goal conceded, we could have done better with that.
“We could have kept the ball a bit better.
“There’s a few little minor things … nothing major. We were very pleased.”
It added to the confidence that had been building at Victory during the pre-season, but the side’s attention quickly turned to Friday night’s clash at Adelaide Oval.
“It’s a good start. Good to make a statement, but it’s one game,” Broxham added.
“That game’s in the past now and we’re looking to Adelaide United.
“We’re full of confidence and we have been all pre-season. We want to continue that on Friday night.”
Broxham led the side in the absence of Mark Milligan, spearheading a dominant showing and scoring the side’s third goal in the opening half.
The 26-year-old’s midfield partnership with new teammate Carl Valeri was productive, with Muscat facing a “good headache” when Milligan returns from international duty.
“There’s depth everywhere. Last season, if Millsy wasn’t here, we struggled to fill his boots a little bit and I would end up playing everywhere,” Broxham said.
Broxham was full of praise for Valeri, French defender Delpierre and former Brisbane Roar striker Berisha.
“The new signings have just brought a bit more leadership, I think, and that bit more professionalism,” he said.
“Compared to last season, it’s different. A change of formation and it’s good – we’ve all embraced it.”