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Victory take disciplined approach

Discipline seems to have been restored now at Melbourne Victory because the team has not been issued with a card for the last three matches.

The last card issued to a Victory player was the yellow card issued to captain Kevin Muscat in the loss to Sydney FC at the Telstra Dome and from then on the team has gone for more than 340 minutes without getting any card.

This is a welcome development for Victory especially after the discipline problems that started from round 3 when Ney Fabiano was given his marching orders against Adelaide for spitting.

From then on goalkeeper Michael Theoklitos got send off in the match against the Central Coast Mariners and then midfielder Carlos Hernandez was then send off in the next match against the Queensland Roar.

Against Perth Glory at home in round 7 no player was send off and no card was issued to a Victory player in the match and Victory won but in the game after that against Newcastle Jets Archie Thompson got send off and that was the last sending off.

Discipline is part of football and its good to see the Victory now finishing matches with eleven players on the pitch and its no surprise now that they have managed to win their last three matches and now sit comfortably on top of the ladder.

Losing key players to injury is understandable but having four key players suspended does not help any team and I am happy to see that coach Ernie Merrick seems to have resolved that problem and there has been a marked improvement as well.

I hope that the Victory winning run will continue at Westpac Stadium on Friday when they take on Wellington Phoenix.

The match kicks off at 5,30 pm Melbourne time and so I am bound to miss the start of the match but I hope to see a 'good' scoreline when I reach home.

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