Who hasn’t been a bit inspired by Andrea Migliorini’s two great goals against Adelaide? His efforts fired up the players and the home crowd last week, now we need more of the same from the Heart this weekend. Max and Ash take a look at the week that was and what will be.
Melbourne Heart VS Adelaide United
Ash: The Yarraside’s silent protest during the first half created a very eerie atmosphere. With Mifsud misfiring a few times, defenders making bad mistakes, and ending up with 2 goals down, you could just feel it in the guts. Then the second half started with a bang, Yarraside were as loud as what they ever have been, and Migliorini kicked those 2 great goals. We were looking like a different team. Then Williams got the 3rd to put us in front! I cannot remember the last time that Heart actually won from being down 2 nil, if they ever had. Unfortunately Heart’s luck run out with Adelaide’s equalizer coming from a free kick, which rebounded off Murdocca’s head.
Max: I stared at my twitter feed in disbelief…could the Heart have really bounced back from 2-0 down?! I couldn’t get to the game and how I regret not being there to celebrate with our fans that second half performance, especially those 2 wonder goals from Migliorini – finally someone stood up to inspire the team and restore some belief! How relieved Aloisi and the club must have been to witness this turn around, albeit in front of a lowly crowd, and then how disappointing to not hold on for the win. We shouldn’t pin any blame on giving away that free kick from which Adelaide scored; we have to look at why we didn’t score more goals from excellent chances earlier in the game. I’ve been giving Mifsud the benefit of the doubt for weeks now, but his lack of poise and conviction to score prove he wasn’t the right acquisition. The Mig has proven he can make and take his chances, so why wouldn’t the club do whatever it can to keep a player in great form and release one who’s not? One thing I wondered about the penalty we won - instead of Williams, could Mifsud have taken up the responsibility, if anything to prove to himself that he can score when it matters?
Heart’s stats against WSW (Win/Draw/Lost): 0/0/4(Source: Ultimate A-league)
Our Predictions for Western Sydney Wanderers VS Melbourne Heart:
Ash:Our stats against WSW is played 4 and lost 4. This will be a Mount Everest challenge for the team. If they wanted a turning point match, then this would be a perfect time and club to do it against. I am still down in the gutter, and not sure if we can do it. Looking at the players, this is a game where Kewell needs to come back in and be the star player. We only have Migliorini for, I hear, 2 more weeks, he has become one of our main goal scorers. Not only that all his goals have been outside the box and all have been great goals. If I was in the decision making room I would probably say goodbye to Mifsud and give Migliorini a contract for the rest of the season, because at the moment Heart have all the international spots taken and the Italian is only an injury replacement. If we don’t sign him he could go to another A-League club based on his performances so far.
I am tipping Heart will most likely lose this one, a great result would be a draw and as always would love to see a win.
Max: Equally as exasperating as Mifsud has been the Kewell situation, every week recently we’ve wondered if he will return. This is the game where his experience would be invaluable. Regardless of Kewell, we showed against WSW at home recently that we can match it with this well-drilled unit. Wanderers will have a few key players missing at a time when they look indifferent, whereas the Heart’s desperation to prove itself off the back of a rousing performance should see us not slump back to our typical lethargic away form. But we need a display of courage in the face of Western Sydney’s home ground fire, it’s time players like Golgol and Ramsay stood up and turned good approach work into goals. If Murdocca or Migliorini create the chances, we need others to apply a killer finish. I predict an encouraging draw for the Heart.