Muscat despondent after edging Hume in FFA Cup

Melbourne Victory coach Kevin Muscat claimed he was "grateful" to progress to the FFA Cup quarter-finals after a tight 1-0 win over Hume City on Wednesday.

Besart Berisha's first-half penalty was enough for Victory to overcome the NPL Victoria club at ABD Stadium, but Muscat was clearly unimpressed with his team's performance after the match.

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Muscat bemoaned Victory's inability to retain possession, with Hume having looked particularly strong in the second half without managing to score an equaliser.

"Grateful in the end because it wasn't a good performance from ourselves and, on the night, I thought we got away with it because we didn't keep the ball anywhere near as well as we should," Muscat said at his press conference.

But while Hume fashioned a handful of half chances to level the contest in Melbourne's northern suburbs, Muscat insisted the home side had never truly threatened Victory.

"I thought Hume were fantastic… but I don't think we were under any threat of losing the game but I don't want to win 1-0 and play like that," he said.

"I'm far from satisfied with that performance, albeit we're into the next round."

Melbourne Victory's James Troisi battles for possession with a couple of Hume City defenders.

James Troisi made his first appearance for Victory in over two years having returned to the A-League club at the start of the month, and Muscat lauded the attacking midfielder's display.

"First half, I thought he was the best player on the park," Muscat said.

"We missed a lot of opportunities to get our attacking players on the ball.

"I can't recall any quality service to the front three and then your structure goes because you're always fighting."