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Big win gives Heart first away win since 2011

A-League 2013-14 Round 19: Wellington Phoenix v Melbourne Heart-slide0
Photo by Hagen Hopkins/Getty Images

Melbourne Heart have comprehensive beaten their poor form on the road as they humiliated Wellington Phoenix 5-0 at Westpac Stadium on Sunday afternoon.

Melbourne Heart players celebrate
Photo by Hagen Hopkins/Getty Images

It was a comprehensive performance from Melbourne Heart, especially David Williams who managed a hat-trick, as Heart picked up their biggest ever win.

Despite their awful start to the season the win sees Heart just seven points away from the finals and record their first away win since December 2011.

Perhaps feeling confident about his opponent’s away record Wellington coach, Ernie Merrick, made four changes to his side as Michael Boxall, Jeremy Brockie, Kenny Cunningham and Jason Hicks all came in to the starting XI.

Harry Kewell’s injury turned out to be a good note for Melbourne Heart as it forced John van’t Schip to start Williams, who proved to be the hero.

Heart started well, and just nine minutes in they had the lead as Wellington were unable to clear, sending the ball to Orlando Engelaar who was able to return the ball with power, leaving Glenn Moss no chance.

Before the 20th minute Wellington made it two as Moss came charging off his line to try and claim a quick free-kick, but his timing was poor, allowing Williams a simple finish.

Wellington’s good for appeared well and truly gone throughout the first half, but they did manage some sort of recovery, limiting the damage to 2-0 at the break.

Just five minutes in to the second half Heart made it three as Massimo Murdocca and Williams linked up perfectly, allowing Williams to sneak a shot under Moss.

Four minutes later Heart made it four, with a hefty dose of bad luck for Wellington as Robbie Wielaert’s effort came off the crossbar but also off the back of Moss as it went in to the back of the net.

In the 63rd minute the hat-trick was sealed as Williams hit his best goal of the night, curling it from long range past Moss and off the post to complete the 5-0 rout.

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