Time is right for Melbourne Victory to kick into gear – Leijer

Melbourne Victory defender Adrian Leijer believes now is the right time for the club to start kicking into gear.

The two-time A-League champions and last season’s runners-up have had an indifferent first half of the 2010/11 season but in the past few weeks have started to come into their own.

Last weekend’s 3-1 win over derby rivals Melbourne Heart followed up an unlucky 3-3 draw with Brisbane Roar the week prior and Leijer feels that these recent performances are the tonic the Victory needs to start producing consistent results.

“This is the time where we can build on that and be peaking coming finals time," Leijer said.

"I still think every team is afraid of us. But it's important we don't get carried away.

"Over the past month, we've played some good football, so there's a lot of positives.

"The confidence is there now and we can try to string a few wins together and move up the table. Assuming stuff is the wrong way to go. It's having confidence in what we've done and building on that."

Ahead of this Saturday night’s clash with Perth Glory, Leijer is aware the West Australian club has the wood over the Victory but is not about to let that become an overriding factor in the build-up.

“Glory has had the better of us (at times) and that's disappointing," he added.

"That has to change this week. We have to step up and take our run of form into the game and turn things around."

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