Melbourne Heart coach John Aloisi refuses to resign despite derby loss

The defiant Melbourne Heart boss believes he is still the right man for the job despite his side slumping to their 16th match in a row without a win

A defiant John Aloisi has no plans to resign despite his Melbourne Heart team slumping to yet another loss on Saturday night.

The Heart remain winless and bottom of the A-League table after a 3-1 loss to the Melbourne Victory in the derby at AAMI Park.

A 20th-minute red card to defender Patrick Kisnorbo turned the game after the Heart had made a decent start, with Mitch Nichols netting a brace for the victors.

Aloisi said he still felt he was he right man for the job, despite the Heart's 16-match winless run which stretches back to February.

"I can only do my job. If the board don't think I'm good enough to take this club forward then they'll decide," he told reporters.

"At the moment, I think I'm the man for the job and I'll try my hardest with the other coaches, with everyone in the team, with the players to bring this club to where we think it should be."

Aloisi slammed referee Ben Williams for his performance after Kisnorbo's sending off for a reckless, studs-up challenge on Connor Pain.

He said it was 'debatable' whether it was a red or yellow card, but hit out at Williams for his inconsistency.

"We don't want our defenders going to ground there, but also not understanding the consistency of the referee," Aloisi said.

"When Connor Pain goes in with studs up on Mass Murdocca, I don't know if there's too much of a difference.

"In my opinion, the referee had a terrible night. Didn't control the game at all."

While he said it had an impact on the derby, Victory coach Kevin Muscat believes the result may not have been different if no red card had been shown.

"In hindsight now, it obviously played a part in the game, but who is to know what would've happened if he hadn't got himself sent off," Muscat told reporters.

"We've been in that situation before where the opposition went down to 10 men and we probably learnt from our mistakes.

"It wasn't our most polished performance by any stretch. Having played in some derbies myself, I know they're very, very difficult games to win.

"I'm immensely proud of the boys and the way they went on to win that game."

The win, which sent the Victory up to third in the A-League, came despite the late withdrawal of Archie Thompson.

Thompson was named in the starting line-up but withdrew after the warm-up due to hamstring tightness.

Muscat said the veteran would be reassessed ahead of the December 28 clash against the Western Sydney Wanderers.

"I was disappointed for him," Muscat said of Thompson.

"He got through everything required of him this week, just in the warm-up he felt it tightening up.

"From his perspective, it was a real team thing to do because it wouldn't have been easy for him to put his hand up and say that he's not at a 100 per cent."

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