In-form Melbourne Victory striker Archie Thompson admits he doesn’t know why Melbourne Victory have struggled for form at nib Stadium ahead of Sunday’s super showdown.
In-form Melbourne Victory striker Archie Thompson admits he doesn-t know why Melbourne Victory have struggled for form at nib Stadium ahead of Sunday-s super showdown.
"I don't think many teams travel well there,” Thompson said.
“If I knew what was wrong, we probably wouldn't be losing most times when we do travel. There's a good vibe and this is probably the most confident we have been going to Perth."
Victory have lost six of their past seven matches across the Nullarbor and Thompson admits that it will be a huge test for a side looking to get back on the winners' list under new boss Jim Magilton.
"I think Jim is a great manager. He's had the experience of coaching some big clubs in the championship, QPR and Ipswich Town. He's just a good manager, the way he speaks to players," Thompson added.
"He just looks like that one who can look at a player and say 'I need to talk to this player this way' or 'I need to manage that player that way.' It's not about how much you know about the game, it's about how you manage the players. I think he's really good like that."
Thompson said Magilton's energetic approach to his short-term role has had an immediate effect and the level of enthusiasm around the club has lifted noticeably.
"The atmosphere has been better the last week, week and a half. It was disappointing we couldn't get the three points against Adelaide but the pleasing thing is that we are starting to play some good football. Our first half was probably the best we've played this year.”
Sunday-s match will also be the first time Harry Kewell plays here in Perth and his arrival is sparking massive interest in the match.
Kewell is considered my many experts as one of Australia-s greatest Socceroos and his recent form for the Victory has been outstanding.
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Perth Glory v Melbourne Victory Sunday, 22 January 2012. Kick-off 4.30pm nib Stadium, Perth