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Australian Football: Bulls suffer finals setback

Macarthur’s finals hopes are now out of their own hands following a defeat against Melbourne Victory but boss Ante Milicic says they will fight to the very end.

The Bulls are priced at 11/10 to make the top six but have it all to do after losing 4-1 against Victory at Campbelltown Stadium on Friday night.

Uphill battle

Macarthur remain in sixth place on the A-League ladder but eighth-place Central Coast Mariners are now in the box seat to play finals.

They are just two points behind and have two games in hand. If the Mariners beat the Newcastle Jets on Saturday they will jump in to the six at the expense of Macarthur.

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Milicic wants Bulls response

Milicic says they will continue to focus on their own game for the rest of the season and hope for the best.

"I can't look further than Newcastle Jets next week," Milicic said after the game. "We needed to pick up something against Western United and Melbourne Victory. Unfortunately, we didn't.

"Now, we need to depend on others, which isn't an ideal scenario. All we can do is recover well, re-focus, see how the boys pull up and go again next Sunday."

Victory march on

Ben Folami and Jake Brimmer had Victory 2-0 up after 53 minutes before the home side pulled a goal back through Craig Noone.

However further goals by Roderick Miranda and Josh Brillante late in the game wrapped up another crucial three points for Victory who sit third on the ladder.

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