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The woes have continued for Melbourne Heart on Saturday as they lost the Melbourne Derby, slumping to a 3-1 defeat to Victory at AAMI Stadium.

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It is Heart's 16th match without a win, having not picked up three points since February and surely now the guillotine must be dropping on Heart manager John Aloisi with his side in last place.

Despite the result Heart started well, beginning with the energy that a derby can bring to a struggling side and had the first real chance of the match 12 minutes in.

Again for Victory it was a defensive error from Pablo Contreras that allowed Heart in as Michael Mifsud was able to get a shot away that was easily saved by Nathan Coe.

In the 20th minute a rush of blood to the head of Patrick Kisnorbo completely threw away that promising opening.

Connor Pain made a run at the Melbourne Heart defense that saw Kisnorbo attempt to stop the run with an excessive, studs-up, challenge that saw him shown a straight red card with just 20 minutes gone in the derby.

That saw the match turn and Victory started to control the match with Kosta Barbarouses forcing Andrew Redmayne in to a good save with Victory's first shot on goal.

But in the 38th minute Redmayne turned villain as his clearance was poor and only found Mark Milligan with lax defending keeping Mitch Nichols onside he easily slotted past a stunned Redmayne.

Victory kept pushing to try and find a second goal, with Pain going closest as he hit the woodwork, but the missed chances kept Heart alive as the half ended 1-0 to the blue half of Melbourne.

Harry Kewell was the main outlet for Heart and could well have got them back on level terms to start the half as he hit a powerful strike, low and hard, that went just wide of the post.

The sheer weight of numbers was always going to tell for Melbourne Victory and on the hour mark they finally doubled their lead as James Troisi sent the ball out wide for Nichols who returned the favour, allowing Troisi to pick his spot and slot the ball low in to the back of the net.

It only took three minutes for Victory to add a third as Gui Finkler linked up well with Nichols with their neat passing leaving Heart mesmerized and allowing Nichols to seal his brace for a 3-0 lead.

The consolation goal for Heart wasn't anything of style but rather of dumb luck as a poor punch out from Coe hit Nick Kalmar in the face and slowly found its way in to the back of the net.

Victory continued their attack in the final ten minutes of the match but couldn't find a fourth, although a 3-1 win will keep the fans and players plenty happy.

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