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Berisha savours Melbourne A-L derby winner

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 17/12/2016 Ben McKay

Besart Berisha has dedicated Melbourne Victory's A-League derby win to his club's fans after scoring the match-winning goal he thought would never come.

The Albanian tied fellow Victory forward Archie Thompson on the all-time A-League scorers list with his 90th strike in Australia - a goal that earned his club a 2-1 win over Melbourne City at AAMI Park on Saturday.

Ever the competitor, Berisha said it took a halftime pep talk to rid himself of his demons from first-half mistakes.

Berisha made a mess of two one-on-one chances and took an air swing at an extravagant overhead volley in the first 45 minutes.

He told Fox Sports he doubted himself in the change rooms at the break.

"I had a couple of chances in the beginning and I thought, 'Oh my god, I'm not going to score any more. What is going on?'," he said.

"(At halftime) I was very angry. I went inside and smashed everything around.

"I tell to myself, 'Keep going, Bes. One more chance is going to come'.

"Thankfully, the pass came and I'm really, really thankful in the end that I scored the winner."

The result was Victory's first derby success in five matches dating to October 2015.

Berisha said he was delighted to help end Victory's derby drought.

"I'm so grateful that I scored in the end to bring the three points home for the boys," he said.

"This means a lot to our supporters to our club. I dedicate this game to the supporters. They are amazing."

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