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Melbourne Victory used Melbourne Heart as a stepladder to climb a little closer to the A-League peak, with a pulsating 2-1 derby win at Etihad Stadium on Saturday night.

A delightfully worked first half goal to Archie Thompson and Mark Milligan’s second half penalty capped second-placed Victory’s win as they closed within three points of league leaders Central Coast Mariners.

Victory goalkeeper Nathan Coe was perhaps his side’s most important player – three huge first half saves denying the Heart as a frenetic opening 45 minutes swung in the balance.

With the Heart menacing early, Coe was called into action inside six minutes to deny fullback Jeremy Walker.

He produced a gem of a reflex stop from Eli Babalj on 13 minutes, then for the pick of the trio, a diving save high to his left to stop a goalbound Golgol Mebrahtu free-kick just before halftime.

His magnificence between the sticks allowed those outfield to work the necessary magic – midfielder Marcos Flores’ superb turn and chip freeing Thompson on 29 minutes to score and put the Victory ahead.

Both sides had excellent patches of play in the first half, before Victory were handed clear advantage early in the second when Heart midfielder Jonathan Germano manhandled Flores in the box off the ball and was caught out by referee Strebre Delovski.

Milligan hammered home the penalty to the delight of the majority of the 41,203 crowd.

But with the Victory seemingly in control, a neat individual goal from Heart winger David Williams in which he beat two defenders meant a nervous last 17 minutes for the home side.

Heart’s best chance of an equaliser was again created by the lively Williams, whose excellent cross on 76 minutes was headed just wide by Mebrahtu.

Heart goalkeeper Andrew Redmayne also produced two fine saves late in the match to stop the Victory going further ahead.

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  • February 3rd 2013 @ 9:12am
    MV Dave said | February 3rd 2013 @ 9:12am | ! Report

    Plenty of chances for both sides in this game with most of Hearts at the start and end and Victory dominating in between. Not a great performance from MV but the 3 points continues their momentum. Great crowd, 3rd highest H&A crowd in Football history in this country. To think that is achieved with no FTA coverage and scraps of mainstream media coverage is remarkable…look forward to the day, which is coming, when there are many more Football people in the media.

  • February 3rd 2013 @ 9:21am
    pete4 said | February 3rd 2013 @ 9:21am | ! Report

    Good game but I thought Heart were very unlucky to concede that penalty in the 2nd half

    • February 3rd 2013 @ 10:44am
      Qantas supports Australian Football said | February 3rd 2013 @ 10:44am | ! Report

      Although the Heart lost, they looked the far better footballing side on the night.. Hope in years to come more will leave the MBV (the knowledgeable ones) to become supporters of the Heart.. They have the nicest and knowledgeable supporters of the two clubs..

      • February 3rd 2013 @ 11:07am
        Roger said | February 3rd 2013 @ 11:07am | ! Report

        Qantas, lol, you stirrer you!

        Hope you’re well.

        • February 3rd 2013 @ 12:06pm
          Qantas supports Australian Football said | February 3rd 2013 @ 12:06pm | ! Report

          Roger—-as the most knowledgeable poster living in Melbourne the comment was aimed at you. πŸ™‚

  • February 3rd 2013 @ 10:34am
    MV Dave said | February 3rd 2013 @ 10:34am | ! Report

    Around 110,000 fans for the 3 Derbies this season, easily a record. In 3 seasons there have been 155,000 attendees at 4 Etihad Derbies at an average of around 38,000 per game…amazing.
    At AAMI Park which has a capacity of 28,600 for Derby games the total attendance is around 128,000 at an average of just under 26,000 including 3 official sell outs.
    In total, in 3 seasons more than 280,000 have watched the 9 Derby games at an average of over 31,000 per game. Also remember that in the first 2 seasons of this fixture MV were rubbish on the field and Heart little better. You wonder how big can this fixture become, especially when both teams become strong on the field?
    Finally should add that onfield the ledger stands at MV 3 wins, MH 3 wins and 3 draws!

  • February 3rd 2013 @ 11:11am
    Roger said | February 3rd 2013 @ 11:11am | ! Report

    Great game for MV.

    I felt that Heart brought the game to Victory, which is a credit to them. I also felt that they were unlucky not to find the back of the net more than once. But then, Victory were the same. Game could have easily been 3 + goals apiece.

    Regardless, as a Victory supporter, it was a magical night in a large ground that was 80% full.

  • February 3rd 2013 @ 11:13am
    Mahler said | February 3rd 2013 @ 11:13am | ! Report

    If Melbourne Victory are so great how come they scored just one goal? They were gifted the second one by the Heart player’s brain snap. And Archie Thompson is becoming far too arrogant. His post-match interview oozed a ‘we’re so brilliant’ mindset. Archie, you ain’t that good.

    • February 4th 2013 @ 12:16am
      Football United said | February 4th 2013 @ 12:16am | ! Report

      Surprisingly, I’ve heard that lemons are good to get a bitter taste out of your mouth πŸ˜€

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    February 3rd 2013 @ 12:30pm
    Fussball ist unser leben said | February 3rd 2013 @ 12:30pm | ! Report

    Happy with the win, considering it was one of MVFC’s worst performances this season – every pass was laboured.

    The fantastic thing this season: we play well.. we win; we play average … we win; we play poorly … we win.

    3 points & goal difference behind CCM.

    MVFC’s next 3 matches are: AUFC (away), WSW (home), CCM (away) … win those 3 and I reckon we win the major prize.

    And, remember … this is MVFC’s “building year”. Next year is when we get really serious!

    Lets hope SBS gets to broadcast predominantly MVFC & WSW home games every Friday next season. If AUFC gets settled, AUFC home games also provide excellent theatre & a pulsating atmosphere.

    Fans from the other 7 A-League teams need to look & learn from MVFC, WSW & AUFC how to create a vibrant football atmosphere.

    • February 3rd 2013 @ 2:57pm
      Qantas supports Australian Football said | February 3rd 2013 @ 2:57pm | ! Report

      To learn what? How to light a flare and throw bottles onto the pitch? No thanks…. Thank heavens there are still two major clubs in the two biggest cities who still have style and class when it comes to football..

      • Roar Guru

        February 3rd 2013 @ 3:04pm
        Fussball ist unser leben said | February 3rd 2013 @ 3:04pm | ! Report

        Not sure if you watched MVFC v SFC last week?

        SFC fans lit several flares during the game. Brisbane fans also lit flares this year.

        But I expect SFC & Roar fans to be hypocrites.

        • February 3rd 2013 @ 3:15pm
          Qantas supports Australian Football said | February 3rd 2013 @ 3:15pm | ! Report

          We don’t light flares they were smoke bombs and not dangerous.. I can’t speak for the Roar fans… but I would expect them to only let off smoke bombs as well…

      • Roar Guru

        February 3rd 2013 @ 3:43pm
        TomC said | February 3rd 2013 @ 3:43pm | ! Report

        Style and class, QSAF? How much do you reckon you’re displaying on this thread?

        • February 3rd 2013 @ 3:53pm
          Qantas supports Australian Football said | February 3rd 2013 @ 3:53pm | ! Report

          More than you MV supporters I reckon… You can see I’m not a school yard bully like your main MV Cheerleader…

        • February 3rd 2013 @ 4:13pm
          Qantas supports Australian Football said | February 3rd 2013 @ 4:13pm | ! Report

          TomC—-just remembered you’re an AFL advocate… Are you still having issues with my blog name ?

          • Roar Guru

            February 3rd 2013 @ 8:38pm
            TomC said | February 3rd 2013 @ 8:38pm | ! Report

            Now that’s a strange post. What is an AFL advocate? I’m an AFL supporter, certainly. I’m lucky enough to get a great deal of enjoyment out of two codes of football.

            Having issues with your blog name? I had no idea you had a blog. Do you mean the pseudonym you use on this site? I don’t recall having an issue with it.

            Anyway, pull your head in. Whatever you think Fuss has said that’s upset you it’s not a good look to start randomnly slagging off supporters of other clubs. Makes you look nasty and bitter. And frankly it makes you like you don’t have anything intelligent to contribute.

            • February 3rd 2013 @ 9:05pm
              Qantas supports Australian Football said | February 3rd 2013 @ 9:05pm | ! Report

              Comment removed.

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              February 4th 2013 @ 11:53am
              Tristan Rayner said | February 4th 2013 @ 11:53am | ! Report

              Er, who made you boss QSAF? A long, long ban is in the offering with these kind of remarks. Heaven forbid, TomC might like two sports.

            • Roar Guru

              February 4th 2013 @ 1:31pm
              TomC said | February 4th 2013 @ 1:31pm | ! Report

              Well well. Whatever could QSAF have said?

    • Roar Guru

      February 3rd 2013 @ 4:27pm
      langou said | February 3rd 2013 @ 4:27pm | ! Report

      I think with over 17 years of history, Perth Glory have a fair idea on how to create a good atmposphere

      • February 3rd 2013 @ 6:35pm
        Garcia said | February 3rd 2013 @ 6:35pm | ! Report

        If Perth Glory has a fair idea why don’t glory fans use this “idea” and create a good atmosphere?

        • Roar Guru

          February 3rd 2013 @ 6:45pm
          langou said | February 3rd 2013 @ 6:45pm | ! Report

          How many games have you seen in Perth Garcia?

          • February 3rd 2013 @ 7:12pm
            Qantas supports Australian Football said | February 3rd 2013 @ 7:12pm | ! Report

            He doesn’t watch too much football he is one of those who stands on the terrace with his back facing the playing field..

            • February 3rd 2013 @ 7:24pm
              Garcia said | February 3rd 2013 @ 7:24pm | ! Report

              Viva The PoznaΕ„, Have to laugh at East Sydney Hakoah FC despite having a billionaire owner they still can’t buy passion!

            • February 3rd 2013 @ 7:44pm
              Qantas supports Australian Football said | February 3rd 2013 @ 7:44pm | ! Report

              Is that the Marconi club in you saying that?

      • Roar Guru

        February 3rd 2013 @ 7:07pm
        Fussball ist unser leben said | February 3rd 2013 @ 7:07pm | ! Report

        @langou

        Perhaps, the PER crowd creates a fantastic match-day atmosphere, but my comment was purely aimed at how the home team’s atmosphere transmits across the TV waves.

        And, as someone, who has watched lots of PER’s A-League matches on TV, the atmosphere doesn’t transmit well.

        All I hear is a very childish & boring “you fat b**tard” chant from The Shed every thime the oppostiion GK has a goal kick – maybe, that’s what Perth resident classify as “pulsating match day atmosphere” but, it does nothing for cultured footbal fans in Melbourne town. πŸ˜‰

        • February 3rd 2013 @ 8:07pm
          Brick Tamlin of the Pants Party said | February 3rd 2013 @ 8:07pm | ! Report

          You fat bastard,Glory Army,We are the Glory(to the tune of Waltzing Matilda),Nah nah nah nah Glory(to the tune of Hey Jude) among many others get sung on Perth Glory match days and have been way before the MV were a twinkle in Frank Lowy’s eyes,they don’t get sung with much gusto these days but performances on the pitch usually transcend to the stands,and over the 8 year history of the A-League the Glory have performed poorly over all.Perhaps if we jump up and down and mime bad 90’s techno hits like you lot do the team might perform better!

    • February 4th 2013 @ 11:46am
      Ian said | February 4th 2013 @ 11:46am | ! Report

      that’s what happens when you are playing well. you can win games you might not otherwise do.

      yeah – the MV arrogance came though there…………show MVFC and WSW games…..on behalf of every other team in the A-League …….

      NO THANK YOU

      we already do create vibrant atmospheres.

      you need to pull your head in and realise people all over australia love football.

      but you are from Melbourne.

      you can create your own league and just play derbies with Heart every week. we’ll play a proper competition.

      wow —-MV win a few games and its back to MV are the a-league.

      actually that’s always there.

      if only you lived in the real world.

      “show MV games every week”

      how disgusting would that be?

      i love flares

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