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Changes likely for bruised Victory

AAP logoAAP 21/10/2016 Ben McKay

There's no crisis at Melbourne Victory in the wake of their 4-1 destruction by Melbourne City but coach Kevin Muscat has suggested changes are likely ahead of Saturday night's A-League meeting with Adelaide United.

Victory are eager to move past the derby loss, which was so one-sided it felt like it shifted the competition's tectonic plates.

Thankfully for the three-time champions, their schedule throws up two opportunities for closure in less than a week.

First, it's a trip to South Australia then it's back to AAMI Park to face City again in an FFA Cup semi-final.

Muscat admitted low moments in the Victory change rooms but he's adamant his side has lifted their spirits ahead of

Their trip to South Australia comes three days before a re-match with City in the FFA Cup, and Muscat has admitted low moments in the aftermath of their derby loss.

"Immediately after last weekend, there's disappointment and possibly some soul searching but we've got to move on," he said on Friday.

"We've all got to take responsibility. What's vital is we focus on tomorrow.

"It should have been, could have been many things done differently but me speaking about it again today is not going to help or get three late goes to equal the game.

"We've accepted it now. We move on."

The laser-focused coach admitted frustration that one result has shaped opinion of his team after a faultless preparation to the season.

"We hadn't lost a game in pre-season. We go to Brisbane (in round one) and concede a goal in the last 10 seconds," he said.

"We know we're a good team. We know we can perform well.

"What's important is we don't lose any confidence."

With a fully-fit squad, save for James Troisi (collarbone), Muscat certainly has options to re-fashion his approach in Adelaide.

New loanee Maxi Beister doesn't arrive until last week but Muscat said he was "flirting" with starting another new face against the Reds.

Teenager Seb Pasquali made a debut as a substitute against City and will certainly travel for the match, but Muscat is torn on whether to start him.

"He showed a lot of maturity when he came on. He played without any care, with freedom and he looked good," he said.

"He's got a thirst and appetite for football that excites me, that I haven't seen in a youngster for a long time.

"He's certainly edging closer and closer (to starting) ... whether the time is right now, we'll have to wait and see."

STATS THAT MATTER

* Victory are winless in Adelaide in eight matches dating back to since September 2009.

* Kevin Muscat's side have become gun-shy; they've taken the fewest shots (14) of any side this season.

* All four goals scored by these sides in the season's opening two round have come from players that weren't at their clubs last season.

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