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Melbourne Victory coach Merrick promises to keep free-flowing style

Melbourne Victory coach Ernie Merrick has said he will continue on with the attacking style that has been successful for his club. The Victory have won 2 of the past 3 A-League championships, prompting Merrick to not compromise the way his team plays.

"Last season highlighted once again our ability to play consistent attacking football because we won the Premiers' Plate not on number of points - we were equal with Adelaide - but because we scored more goals than anyone else," Merrick said.

"Constant attacks at a high-level intensity was our biggest asset. It is part of our culture.

"We won many points in the last 10 minutes of several matches because we were never happy with a draw even when, for example, we were down to Sydney and got back to 2-2. We kept going and got the win.

"Of course, this style carries a bit of risk. You tend to concede goals playing this way and perhaps even lose to inferior teams.

"But that's the way we are and that's the way Melbourne will always play because we have the right players for this type of game."

Andrew Slevison
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