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No excuses for Melbourne Victory tomorrow night

There will be no excuses for the Melbourne Victory in tomorrow night's Asian Champions League clash with Kawasaki Frontale.

The Victory are winless after three group stage matches and have not even recorded a point but coach Ernie Merrick believes with a stronger squad on the park, his team can get the job done this time around despite a 4-0 loss in Japan last week.

"If we can get our best team out there, playing good football and playing a bit more fresh this time, I think we'll get something out of it," he said. "I would say that (the results so far) are more to do with the quality of the squad we are putting out and the level of fatigue.

"We haven't scored a goal and we've struggled to stop goals. The easy answer is the quality if the players we have put out. I don't think yet we have had our most experienced players out there. We are going into our fourth game now and we've never played Carlos (Hernandez), Robbie (Kruse) and Archie (Thompson) together with Rody (Vargas), Kevin (Muscat) and Adrian Leijer.

"So we've never had our strongest attack or our strongest defence in any ACL game. Mathematically, we still feel there is a chance here and we've got Robbie back, we've got Carlos back, we've got our strongest defence.

"I think we've got a strong squad tomorrow and we are playing at home, I think that leaves us with no excuses," he concluded.

Andrew Slevison
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