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Australian Football: Popa left to rue sloppy mistakes

Tony Popovic says sloppy mistakes are costing Melbourne Victory as they slipped to their third defeat since winning the FFA Cup earlier this month.

Victory are priced at 2/7 to finish in the top six but there is work to do to stay there following an alarming run of form that has seen them slide down the A-League ladder.

Sloppy mistakes

The Wanderers took the lead in the 55th minute when hesitation from Victory goalkeeper Ivan Kelava allowed Tate Russell to nip in and cushion his header over him and in to the back of the net.

Kelava was at fault again when bringing Bernie Ibini down in the penalty area and Dimitri Petratos scored from the spot.

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"It's been three games since the cup win and we are making some mistakes and teams are punishing us," Popovic said after the game. "They're soft goals that we conceded today so in a game like this, a tight game, we need to be better in those details."

Bouncing back

Victory are next in action when they take on the Central Coast Mariners in a repeat of the FFA Cup final and Leigh Broxham says they will do all they can to bounce back.

"We believe in what we’re doing. Everyone believes in what we’re doing," Broxham said. "We’ll keep working and doing everything we can. We’ll recover well and do everything right. There’s expectations to keep winning and we’ve got to deliver on that.

"We’ve done absolutely everything we can for these last three games, we’re leaving no stone unturned. Things will turn for us. We’ve got a game in three days so it’s good we don’t have to wait."

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