Melbourne Victory boss Kevin Muscat paid credit to Hume City admitting the 3-0 scoreline in Wednesday night’s Westfield FFA Cup semi-final flattered the reigning Hyundai A-League champions.
Victory ran out 3-0 winners against the plucky PS4 NPL Victoria club at AAMI Park to book their spot in next month’s decider against Perth Glory.
A penalty from Besart Berisha gave Victory the lead at the break before goals in the 89th and 94th minutes to Kosta Barbarouses and Jason Geria ensured the result.
“It was a difficult game for us tonight. We expected that, we’ve played [Hume] a couple of times and I think credit's got to be given to the way Hume conducted themselves tonight,” Muscat told Fox Sports.
“I thought we could have made it a bit easier for ourselves but having said that, the game to get to the final is always a little bit nervy.
“We were pushing to get that second goal which would have made it a little bit more comfortable but it wasn’t to be and in the end we got a couple that will flatter us a little bit.”
Having won both the Hyundai A-League title and Premiers Plate last season, Victory can now complete a treble for 2015 by winning the November 7 final to be played at AAMI Park – and Muscat is predicting another special moment for Australian football.
“We don’t have to look to far back to see what our members and fans can generate at this stadium for a final,” the Victory boss said.
“From that perspective, it will be an unbelievable atmosphere, an unbelievable night for football.
“We’ve got an important A-League game [against Wellington Phoenix on Monday night] to turn our attention to now but without doubt once the time comes we’ll enjoy the week and look forward to it.”