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View from the Victory, Volume 21: Sydney FC Punches Melbourne out of Postseason

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 10:  Mark Bridge of Sydney competes with Ubay Luzardo of the Victory during the round 23 A-League match between Sydney FC and the Melbourne Victory at Allianz Stadium on March 10, 2012 in Sydney, Australia.  (Photo by Brendon Thorne/Getty Images)
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Jo-Ryan SalazarSenior Analyst IMarch 11, 2012

View from the Victory, Volume 21: Sydney FC punches Melbourne out of postseason

For Jim Magilton's Melbourne Victory, it was clear that this season was not going to be one for the fans to remember. With rival Melbourne Heart closing in on punching their ticket to the postseason, Victory needed a result against Sydney FC in order to have a puncher's chance at remaining in the hunt.

"It's our job and it's important that we recognise that we can't lose focus, it's impossible for us to lose focus because of the season we've had," Magilton told Ronny Lerner of melbournevictory.com.au.

"It's important that we send out the right signals, it's important for our fans, it's important for everyone connected with the football club that we're focused on our jobs and we go out there and we're fully committed."

James Jeggo is a rookie with a huge upside to him. He believed that the club still had plenty to play for in spite of what has obviously developed into a rebuilding year.

"As far as we are concerned the season isn't over as yet," Jeggo told Jonathan Healy  of melbournevictory.com.au." Everyone has still got something to play for, so we are back here today working hard and looking forward to the weekend."

"We have had two draws against them (Sydney FC) this season so it is a big chance to go out and get on top."

Unfortunately, the hopes for Melbourne died at the hands of their rival, as Sydney won 1-0 thanks to Karol Kisel's penalty conversion in the 33rd minute.

With the result, Melbourne fall to 5-9-11 (26 points) and will definitely be playing for pride in the closing weeks of the season.

Up next for the Victory is a match with Wellington Phoenix at AAMI Park. Kickoff is scheduled for Mar. 16 at 8:00 p.m. ET and will be televised by Fox Sports 1.

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