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Australian Football: Weary Victory drop crucial points

Melbourne Victory boss Tony Popovic admitted his players looked tired and jaded as they missed out on the chance to close the gap on the A-League’s top two.

Victory are out to win the A-League grand final and sit third on the ladder, three points behind Western United. Leaders Melbourne City are 11 points ahead but Victory have three games in hand.

Opportunity missed

Victory hammered City 3-0 at the weekend and had a great chance to build on that against a Brisbane side that sit 10th on the ladder. But had to settle for a 0-0 draw.

They failed to break down a resolute Roar rearguard and Popovic admitted the heavy schedule of games had probably caught up on his players.

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Victory are now unbeaten in the last 10 games but Popovic says the stalemate at AAMI Park was disappointing to say the least.

Frustrating performance

"It probably was frustrating in some parts. We looked a bit tired today," he said. "It's been a lot of games in a very short period, four games in a short period but I think we just needed to score first, in the first half.

"We had some good opportunities and moments in the box, just weren't really decisive enough to get the lead and then the longer it goes, Brisbane has something to hold on to and they defended well, they tried to play on the counterattack.

"It's another clean sheet but we just couldn't get the break through."

Victory are back in action when they take on the Newcastle Jets on Saturday.

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