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Victory boss Merrick praises team after win over Glory

Melbourne Victory has confirmed their early favouritism for the 2008/2009 A-League title by going two points clear on the top of the table with a resounding win on the weekend. The Victory accounted for bottom side Perth Glory 4-0 at the Telstra Dome on Saturday night, prompting coach Ernie Merrick to praise his side, especially after a loss last week. "We didn't have a bad player on the park, it was high quality football all round," Merrick told the league's official website. "They are a hard team to play against Perth. When you beat a team 4-0 you think it's an easy job but it was one of those days where we did well at the office." First half goals to Grant Brebner and Daniel Allsopp set the tone for the Victory, before defender Rodrigo Vargas and Allsopp's second rounded out the scoring. Another positive for the Victory was the performance of young goalkeeper Mitch Langerak who kept his first clean sheet in the A-League by making some fine saves. He will however, make way for number one Michael Theoklitos when he returns from suspension, but his coming of age as a reliable option will no doubt please the club. As the Victory seems to go from strength to strength, the Glory has struggled in the early stages of the season with just one win from seven matches. Striker Jamie Harnwell admits the players haven't been at their best recently but was loathe to dump the blame on the man who makes the decisions, coach Dave Mitchell. Harnwell said, "He's the coach. I've given 100 per cent regardless of who the coach is. I'll continue that. "Mitch (Dave Mitchell) has assembled a good squad on paper. For whatever reason, we're not doing it and it's the player's responsibility. "He went out with a good formation and a good way of approaching the match tonight with the confidence of getting something out of it. Out on the pitch we didn't deliver, how that can be blamed on Mitch, I can't see how it can." Perth has a week to get themselves right for an important block of matches in October and November, whilst the Victory go into the week's break on top of the table and with the imminent return of key starting players in the next fortnight, will be a force to be reckoned with.

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