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Victory's fighting loss delights coach

Cobram Victory coach Louis Clark was pleased with his side's performance in its 3-2 Dockerty Cup loss to Southern Stars on Tuesday night.

MATTHEW GALEA April 17, 2014 3:05am

Cobram Victory’s latest tilt at the Dockerty Cup came to an end on Tuesday night against State League One outfit Southern Stars.

Louis Clark’s men failed to make the most of having the majority of possession throughout the game to go down 3-2, but Clark was left spirited from the nature of the performance.

‘‘It was without doubt our best performance this year,’’ Clark said.

‘‘It was exactly the sort of reaction I wanted after how disappointing we were last weekend.

‘‘They had some sort of superstar in goal. I’ve never seen anything like it ... he was the best keeper I’ve played against.’’

Charlie Romain tested the keeper from a distance, but was not able to find the back of the net, and, while Clark felt his side controlled the game, it was the Stars that found the back of the net first.

‘‘The guy has just hit it from well out. Fair play to him, there wasn’t much we could really do,’’ Clark said.

‘‘But we kept pressing and putting in the hard work. It was completely different to the weekend.’’

Victory found itself 2-0 down in the second half, before Clark pulled one back after a lovely splitting pass from Marc Startari.

However, the joy was short-lived as the Stars pounced on a defensive error to regain their two-goal buffer.

Romain converted a late penalty to take it back to 3-2, but there was not enough time for Victory to snatch an equaliser.

For Clark, the challenge is ensuring his players get up for Regional Premier League fixtures as they did for Tuesday night’s game.

‘‘We just can’t afford to overlook teams. We know we can play, but we’ve got to prepare right like we did for the Stars,’’ Clark said.

‘‘After Sunday (2-2 draw with Tatura) I was so miserable because we didn’t play as I know we can.

‘‘I told the boys before this one that I didn’t want to be feeling like that for the next week before our next game, so knowing we played well, that gives us a bit of a lift.’’

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