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Postecoglou credits players with lifting Rojas

By Football News



Melbourne Victory coach Ange Postecoglou says Marco Rojas' improvement this season is down to better support from his team-mates.

The New Zealand international struck a sublime brace to help Victory to a 3-2 win over the Newcastle Jets at AAMI Park on Friday, and his coach said his progression from zero goals last campaign to five in his past five matches was down to support from his fellow boys in navy blue.

"We've set up the team and the structure to benefit players like him and Archie (Thompson), we're set up for them to do what they do, and I think he's benefitting from his team-mates being able to supply him with the kind of service that a player like him needs," Postecoglou said.

"He's not in situations anymore where he needs to fight with opponents, obviously he's not the biggest guy in the world, and we're getting him out in space, but he takes a lot of the credit for that because he wants to learn, and he's still got improvement in him."

The coach also took time to praise makeshift centre-back Leigh Broxham, who filled in for skipper Adrian Leijer admirably, despite Newcastle's star forward Heskey getting his name onto the scoresheet.

"To Leigh's credit, when I told him (he was to play centre-back) ... he jumped straight into it. We could have played with one of our other centre-halves, but with Nick Ansell as an 18-year-old, I just thought we needed some experience there," Postecoglou said.

"He did fantastically well, which I knew he would. Obviously people will be surprised, but we watch these guys train every day, and play every day, we make decisions based on that. And probably people look at his size (compared to Heskey) ... at the end of the day, size doesn't matter in football."