Melbourne Victory have punished North Queensland Fury for not taking their chances with a 3-0 win at Dairy Farmers Stadium on Wednesday night.
A crowd of 4,093 watched the Fury miss a number of concrete goal opportunities and slump to their sixth straight loss with a Victory double from Mate Dugandzic and a goal from Daniel Allsopp securing the win.
The Victory have broken away from Melbourne Heart on the ladder and cemented their spot in fifth position while the Fury remain in last.
Looking to make up for their record 8-1 loss to Adelaide last week, the Fury started in encouraging fashion with David Williams coming close after just six minutes.
Melbourne hit back not long after though with Billy Celeski finding himself one-on-one with Fury goalkeeper Justin Pasfield only to be denied.
The Victory capitalised on their chances in the 27th minute with Tom Pondeljak making a break and getting a cross to Allsopp who chipped the ball over Pasfield to give the Victory a 1-0 lead.
North Queensland blew their chance to equalise twice with missed opportunities in quick succession.
After a long stalemate the visitors doubled the score in the 69th minute when a Dugandzic header found the back of the net.
He got his double not long after, beating Pasfield in a one-on-one encounter.
The Fury's night was summed up in the 79th minute with Williams taking Petkovic out of play in a legitimate one-on-one tackle that left substitute Chris Grossman with an open goal but he put the shot wide.
Fury coach Franz Straka did not speak to the media after the game.
"It was very emotional and he just can't handle to be here at the moment," Fury operations manager Robbie Middleby said.
"I apologise on behalf of the club that he is not here.
"I thought we went into the game with that positive attitude that we seemed to have at the beginning of the season so we had high expectations and made some bad mistakes and it cost us the game.
"We are very disappointed."
Melbourne Victory Coach Ernie Merrick was pleased with the win considering Fury put up a fight against his team full of younger players.
"It wasn't an easy win at all. It was a tough win. It wasn't one of our best performances. We had a lot of youngsters in but they did the job."