Victory are coming off a 2-1 loss to Wellington Phoenix on Wednesday night and take on seventh-placed Perth Glory on Saturday.

The Big V claimed their first point of 2018 last week after a 1-1 draw to Central Coast Mariners in Geelong where Ingham had the chance to seal the game at the end.

Ingham did not take part against Phoenix as Muscat chose to make just two substitutions for the game.

Many Victory fans have pleaded for Christian Theoharous to be given more of a chance this season along with other up-and-comers.

Ingham was the whipping boy after the Mariners game, however, the Victory boss stood up for his player.

โ€œJaiโ€™s alright, that (goal scoring chance) was an eternity away as well,โ€ Muscat said on Friday.

โ€œThe fact that Jai got himself into that positionโ€ฆ I probably recall one or two other chances that were missed in that game as well, but I think if Jaiโ€™s going to be the easy target, then itโ€™s severely unfair.โ€

And with claims he is not up to A-League standard, Muscat responded with: โ€œI donโ€™t listen to what people say.โ€

A dejected Ingham at the end of the Central Coast clash in Geelong

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Victory will be without centre-back Rhys Williams against his former side on Saturday after the Match Review Panel confirmed he will miss one game.

Williams originally was yellow-carded for a last-ditch challenge on Andrija Kaluderovic but the VAR persuaded the referee to send him off in the eighth minute.

Muscat chose to bring on Stefan Nigro in the dying minutes for Besart Berisha against Wellington.

He explained the reason why he only made two substitutes was because he felt the players โ€œwere adheringโ€.

โ€œThe goal we conceded was an uncharacteristic error from Lawrence (Thomas),โ€ he said.

โ€œEventually looking at it, that was the best way to go about it.

โ€œAny given point in time, considering how everything was going, we just felt it was the best opportunity for us to get a result remaining as we did.

โ€œLate on, pushing Mark (Milligan) into midfield and Jimmy (Troisi) a bit higher because Bes ran himself ragged.โ€

With Williamsโ€™ absence and Thomas Deng with Australia U23s, Muscat has Milligan, Leigh Broxham and new signing Dino Djulbic to potentially fill the gap.

Championship point... Broxham seals the deal for Victory in 2015

It could also potentially be Broxhamโ€™s 250th game against Perth with the 29-year-old starting at the club as a kit man.

With the fans chanting his name to AC/DCโ€™s Thunderstruck, Broxham said his versatility contributed to his longevity at the club.

Broxham added: โ€œIโ€™ve got games where I probably wouldโ€™ve sat out in midfield because weโ€™ve got some very good midfielders at this club.

โ€œPlaying in other positions has probably got me as many games as it has.โ€