Rojas urges Victory to be ‘clinical’ against Sydney FC

Melbourne Victory star Marco Rojas has urged his team to be more ruthless in front of goal ahead of Friday’s blockbuster clash with Sydney FC at Allianz Stadium.

Victory have taken the lead in the previous two Big Blues of the 2016-17 campaign but have failed to hold on in the second half as the Hyundai A-League leaders have prevailed 2-1 on each occasion.

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If the Big V had managed a draw in both those games, Kevin Muscat’s side would be just two points behind Sydney rather than eight heading into Friday night’s clash.

“It was disappointing in both of those games that that [giving up a lead] happened,” Rojas told reporters on Wednesday.

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“But we learnt a lot from those games and we learnt that we need to be more clinical because good teams – if you’re only 1-0 – they’re always in with a shout and they’ll put pressure on you, and [Sydney] are a good team.

“They’ve got good quality up front, so they’re capable of scoring goals too.”

The A-League’s Premier’s Plate will effectively be on the line at Allianz Stadium in Round 22 – Rojas reckons Victory need to win each of their last six matches to catch Sydney – as the Sky Blues will increase their lead at the top of the table to 11 points if they prevail at home.

Set-pieces can often decide tight contests, which should give Victory confidence as they have two players with the ability to score direct from free-kicks.

James Troisi produced a wonderful curling effort against Brisbane Roar earlier this year, while Rojas set Victory on their way last week in a 2-1 win over Adelaide United.

Forward: Marco Rojas (Victory)

The New Zealand international declared he and Troisi find it easy to share free-kick duties.

“We’ll have a look if we get a free-kick at where the position is and have a chat about it and decide who we think is the best to take it,” Rojas said.