AS one side of Melbourne languished to new lows, another sounded a loud warning to the rest of the competition.
Melbourne City delivered one of the best performances in franchise history delivering a hammer blow to Melbourne Victory’s disastrous start to the season – succumbing them to a 6-0 hammering at Marvel Stadium.
The loss is not only the biggest ever Melbourne Derby win, it was Victory’s worst ever loss and City’s biggest win in club history.
City were immediately on the front-foot and were presented a golden opportunity to take the lead when Dalibor Markovic fouled Nabbout in the box.
Maclaren stepped up to take the resulting penalty and uncharacteristically rattled his spot-kick off the crossbar to the ecstasy of the Victory fans behind the goals.
However, their dominance would soon be rewarded as Nabbout’s flick from a Noone cross ricocheted off an unknowing Maclaren to give City the lead.
After the break, Nabbout’s pace continued to cause headaches and yet again, his delivery was on-point finding Berenguer who tapped the ball home from close range.
Moments later, Craig Noone’s inch-perfect cross found the head of Griffiths who nodded home City’s third.
Among the echoing chants of discontent by the Victory fans, City weren’t finished as Metcalfe slammed home a quick-fire double and Stefan Colakovski made it six in added time.
VICTORY SINK TO NEW LOWS
This is rock bottom for the Melbourne Victory.
After weeks of fan discontent, poor performances and tumultuous off-field situation, their 6-0 loss to City capped off a catastrophic start to the season.
Last night’s loss meant it was Victory’s worst-ever start after ten games, registering a meagre seven points from a possible 30 while also losing by the biggest ever margin in a Melbourne Derby.
The next week will be telling as questions continue to be asked about the future of Grant Brebner and whether he can or will have a chance to turn Victory’s fortunes around.
“It simply wasn’t good enough,” Brebner told the media post-game.
“We make no excuses for it; it was an unacceptable night … it was humiliating.”
Brebner said from an on-field standpoint this was “rock bottom” for the club and described the situation as “uncomfortable.”
He did, however, say he takes full responsibility for their poor performances despite the finger being pointed at the Victory board.
“I would say that the finger should be pointed at me for the sake of the football club,” Brebner said.
“I have always said that I take the blame for nights like tonight and I am not wanting to blame anyone else,
“I am the head coach of this football club, I am the one who needs to look at the game tonight, analyse the game and come up with reasons why that happened, it’s not finger pointing, it’s not about scapegoating – it’s the reality.”
CITY DELIVER RECORD DERBY BLOW
This was a statement from Melbourne City.
After a slow start to the season, City have roared back with three straight wins and now find themselves right back in Championship contention.
Their ruthless attack punished a hapless Victory defence and delivered a major warning to the rest of the competition that they are right in the reckoning to go one better this season.
NABBOUT PROVIDES THE ‘NOS’
There aren’t many players in the A-League who can match Andrew Nabbout’s rare power and pace combo.
Nabbout, who swapped his navy for baby blue in the off-season came back to terrorise his former team with a standout performance.
Since returning from injury, City have won three games on the bounce and his strike partner Jamie Maclaren is also reaping the rewards – scoring seven in those three.