Melbourne Victory are not dead yet, as seen in their 2-1 upset of Central Coast.
There was a sense of urgency this past week from Jim Magilton, heading into the weekend match with the league-leading Central Coast Mariners at AAMI Park.
Sitting outside of the playoffs, Melbourne needed to get a win, or else their hopes at finals football were all but extinguished. Midfielder Grant Brebner was sidelined due to a groin injury. Nagging issues with the groin made the possibility of a return to action doubtful.
Still, the manager was hopeful of a recovery.
"[Brebner]'s done excellently to get himself through that and get himself to play," Magilton told The Australian. "So, we'll see him tomorrow and then we'll make that assessment."
One new face in the crowd was Spanish international Ubay Luzardo, who signed on a loan deal. Combined with youth product Jimmy Jeggo, Luzardo made an impact on the pitch almost immediately, as Melbourne upset the Mariners, 2-1.
Carlos Hernandez opened the scoring in the 16th minute, but it was international marquee player Harry Kewell that delivered the game-winner in the 51st minute to give the Victory a rare victory. Magilton discussed the win with James Ranson of MelbourneVictory.com.au.
It's the way I want to play. Ubay (Luzardo) came in and was very solid, it was a good debut for him. Jimmy (Jeggo) is someone I've always liked since I've been at the club, we were composed tonight. A lot of it is how I want to play.
We went a goal behind and we showed great character. Again building on last week, we needed a lift, we passed the ball well, the ball lands at Carlos at the end of the box, and it's a magnificent strike.
Melbourne remain seventh in the A-League standings, however, and will need to win out a majority of their remaining matches to remain in contention for a playoff spot.