Melbourne Victory coach Kevin Muscat says winning the Westfield FFA Cup Final was akin to winning May’s Hyundai A-League Grand Final.
Victory steamrolled Perth Glory in the first half of Saturday night's Cup final and saw off a late charge to win 2-0 and take home their third piece of silverware in 2015.
First half goals to Oliver Bozanic and Besart Berisha laid the platform for the win.
“The feeling’s the same. Albeit this is the freshest one,” he told reporters when asked how it felt compared to May’s win over Sydney FC in the Hyundai A-League Grand Final.
“At this point in time, I’m most pleased with this one. And make no mistake, we put a lot of energy into getting to tonight. And a lot of energy to take a deserved 2-0 lead.
“I firmly believe you get what you deserve. And yes, it’s a special night. And let me tell you, right now it feels bloody great!
“I’m ecstatic for the group. Everyone was waiting for a [Grand Final] hangover but we showed how hungry we were. And in fact we were probably the only team that went on record saying we wanted to win it.
“And that’s how much emphasis we put on it. It’s a trophy… it shouldn’t be taken for granted. And it’s going to look bloody great in our cabinet with our other trophies.”
Glory were blown away by a rampant Victory in the first 45 minutes and had to change their game-plan in the second 45 minutes.
“Without doubt if you analyse the game we were excellent in the first half,” noted Muscat.
“Then we’re coming up against a side that had a game-plan of their own. And in the second half I don’t think anyone can tell me what structure they were playing.
"They really had a go and sent big Dino [Djulbic] forward.”
Muscat will allow the players to enjoy the moment, suggesting a get-together with players and their families was on the cards with perhaps a drink or two before they begin planning to face old enemy Sydney FC at Allianz next weekend.