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Melbourne Victory's Storm Roux rues dropped points after Chiangrai United's AFC Champions League comeback


Doha: Two goals up at half-time against Thai champions Chiangrai United, Melbourne Victory ended up drawing 2-2 when the final whistle blew on Monday. A result that Victory defender Storm Roux insists was a bitter pill to swallow.

Jake Brimmer's successfully converted penalty on eight minutes and a fine lobbed finish from Ben Folami just before the half hour mark looked to be the perfect opening for the A-League side following back-to-back defeats to Beijing FC in Doha.

But after the interval it was Chiangrai who came back the stronger with goals from Sivakorn Tiatrakul and Gionata Verzura ensuring a share of the spoils.

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Full-back Roux is convinced it was a case of three points lost, rather than a point gained, despite the result ending Victory's run of three consecutive defeats in the 2020 AFC Champions League.

"We should have held on for the win," admitted the New Zealand international.

Group E - MD5: Chiangrai United 2-2 Melbourne Victory

"We should have put it to bed in the first half, and we even had our chances after half-time, too.

"They're a tough side, they came out in the second half and they played strong, played good, and it just wasn't good enough from us.

"We've got to move forward from this," said Roux.

The intense fixture schedule and climate conditions in Qatar have been raised as a factor for fatigue by some and Roux conceded that this could have played a part in the second half slump, with Victory still in pre-season ahead of the 2020-21 A-League season.

However, the 27-year-old did acknowledge that it's an issue that is being contended with by all 15 teams taking part in the competition.

"Yeah, it's tough, coming over here," he said. "Short turnarounds between games and the heat doesn't help."

"We've been trying to be professional about it and manage our legs. But it's tough for every team, everyone's got a short turnaround."

As it stands, the result does not alter much in terms of permutations for Victory going into their final game in Group E.

Two points behind FC Seoul who currently hold second place in the standings, Roux and his teammates will face off against the K League 1 side in a winner-takes-all tie on Thursday.

"Yeah, we knew definitely going into the last game, it's a must-win whether we got a point from this game [against Chiangrai] or if we won it," added Roux.

"So it doesn't change anything from us.

"But it's disappointing to let those two goals slip, but we need to be better next game."

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