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Valeri: Victory mustn't lose focus

5:16 PM EST 1/17/17
Wellington Phoenix v Melbourne Victory A-League 17012017
Kevin Muscat's side came crashing back to earth in Wellington but their captain has warned against negativity as the games come thick and fast

Melbourne Victory captain Carl Valeri urged his team to immediately switch their focus to Perth Glory after suffering a shock loss to Wellington Phoenix. 

Victory remain well clear in second in the A-League table but blew a big chance to put real pressure on leaders Sydney FC by losing 3-0 in New Zealand's capital, which ended the Big V's unbeaten run at nine matches.

The Sky Blues (37 points) remain five points clear of Victory, with the latter no longer having a game in hand after Tuesday's catch-up match from Round 7.

Valeri conceded the Phoenix battled and won just about every second ball at Westpac Stadium. 

"In the first five minutes Phoenix started better than us, and it kind of set the tone for the game," he told Fox Sports after the game. 

Valeri added: "It's a little slip up along the way."

But in a week where Victory play three games, the skipper believed there was no time for navel gazing.  

"The good thing about this week is we don't have time to dwell on it," Valeri said.

"We have a tough game on Saturday [against Perth], which gives us a chance to redeem ourselves." 

Victory fly to Melbourne on Wednesday and 48 hours later get on a flight to Perth, where they will be without the suspended defender Jason Geria and winger Fahid Ben Khalfallah for Saturday night's crucial clash at nib Stadium. 

Not that Valeri's worried.

"We've always had good depth," he said. 

"And there are those on the bench and at home who are ready to step in so it's only up to us now."