Rollercoaster high-scoring draws are exciting games on the day, however they’re the ones that teams often regret later in the season.
After last night’s 3-3 draw against Newcastle Jets, Melbourne Heart players and fans must be still feeling a range of emotions. When you’re 2-0 up at home within the first 5 minutes, you’d rightfully feel you had a grip on 3 points. Even after the Jets came back to level 2-2, Heart took the lead again and the home ground support was back to believing the 3 points were ours. Unfortunately those hopes were dashed in the dying minutes when the Jets scored from a questionable penalty. And at season’s end the loss of two points in games like this could be a real source of disappointment.
On the upside, there was little to be disappointed about in Heart’s renewed hunger for attacking football, despite the muggy conditions. Aloisi’s criticism of last week had clearly forced the team to refocus and they looked determined to prove they can win at home.
This game had heightened interest for football fans, with Emile Heskey’s involvement in his first A-league game in Melbourne. His bulking presence added to his reputation. He rarely looked like scoring though, being well contained by Gerhardt. Maybe that focus on the former EPL player helped draw attention away from Jets players like Goodwin and Zadkovich who popped up to score second half goals. Goodwin’s contribution was the other main point of interest – our former youth star scored with his first touch within 2 mins of coming on as a sub. A word of advice to the Heart fans who gave him stick while he warmed up – try ignoring a former player next time rather than egg them on to prove you wrong.
Our defensive lapses aside, Garcia was man of the match with his two goals but more importantly his experience and attacking impetus is benefiting the whole team. Williams is growing as an exciting creater of opportunities, whileTadic played well again and his penalty strike was superb. Fred looked out of sorts after so many games out but it was great to see him back. Special mention goes to the supporter with his ‘Just Shoot!’ banner – there were a few times when the Jets defence opened up and the direct approach would have been the best option. But with 7 goals scored in our last two home games, things are definitely looking up. Well done Heart!
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Reference: Picture was taken from the Saturday Herald Sun.
Well, the Heart’s loss to Adelaide United yesterday, what can be said? We did say in our blog leading up to this match that if any team becomes complacent, then they will be punished. We were lucky to only lose 1-0; if it wasn’t for Bolton’s great saves and a little luck on our side, the score could have been far worse. Aloisi’s comments after the game were spot on – Heart were complacent and lost the game. He was very upset with the low standard of play from the Heart.
The signs for Heart weren’t good right from the start. Colosimo had to get his head repaired from a head injury and after continuing on he didn’t seem up to his best. He made a few bad decisions, one of which cost us the only goal and another one which nearly cost us another. The other main issue was our bad crosses in attack, they were either too far or straight to the keeper.
Adelaide didn’t win, Heart lost. We were controlling the game for the first 15 minutes of both halves, with Adelaide getting the better of us during the later stints. Complacent teams this season get punished and Heart need to keep playing their ‘A’ game for the whole match every game. It seems that when they go through a low patch, the other teams penalise Heart and get the goals. Heart just need to work harder on staying focused as a team for the full 90 minutes.
There were some positives; apart from Bolton’s great saves, when we did combine well we looked very dangerous. It was only a week ago that we put four past Brisbane! Also, this time last year Heart were sitting with only 2 wins, 3 draws and 2 losses and right now Heart are 2 wins, 1 draw and 4 losses. There’s not much difference and yet we did make the finals last year. Hopefully Fred and Grella will come into the line up soon, which should strengthen the midfield and see Heart control far more of the game with minimal lapses.
Coming off a big home win against Brisbane, the Heart are on the bus to Adelaide this weekend hoping to back up with another win. Their record at Hindmarsh Stadium is not too bad: out of 4 games they have had 1 win, 1 loss and 2 draws. They have kicked 6 goals and had 6 goals scored against them. Although Adelaide has only one loss to their name for this season, this game is looking to be one both teams don’t want to lose. Heart need to consolidate their positioning in the top 6 and Adelaide will want to stay near the pointy end.
Adelaide will not be an easy team to beat, they have had good form coming into this season from competing in the Asian championship during the break. After 6 rounds in the 2012/2013 season they are sitting 2nd on the ladder, with their last game a draw against Perth who are also playing well. They are also very comfortable playing at their home stadium – out of a total of 92 games to date at Hindmarsh stadium they have only lost 27 times.
Heart’s season to date on the field has been very solid, and probably have been unlucky with some of the results. The last game against Roar was a fantastic result, especially when you consider that Fred was not in the line up due to injury. Last season we were struggling to win any games when Fred was out of the line up, so the signs are good. But Heart cannot be complacent at any point in this season, because when teams get complacent in a game, like Victory and Sydney have done, they get punished.
Stats/Info against Adelaide:
- Played Adelaide: 6 times. 1 win. 2 Draw. 3 Loses.
- Last time they met at Adelaide: Attendance 6,411, draw 1 all, Babalj scored.
- Last Adelaide game a draw against Perth Glory.
When you bring friends along to a game, you always hope in the back of your mind that Heart will put on a show – and last night that’s what they did. For the first 30 minutes of play it was just Heart all the way. On the 20 minute mark Gerhardt redeemed his bad mistake from last game to get Heart on the score board. He played solidly in the back too.
Late in the first half Roar were starting to look like a threat, and they seemed to be the better team for the middle stint of the match. But then it started raining again, and in a good way for Heart. We kicked 3 goals in a matter of 11 minutes in the middle of the second half. The only thing that was scary was that Roar have been known to come back from these games in the dying periods. Lucky for Heart they only scored the one goal late in the match.
Unfortunately due to the bad weather the crowd attendance was down from the usual average, with only 5,466 supporters getting to see one of the best games Heart have played this season. Lots of good points to come out of this game, one being Tadic and Garcia seeming to pick up the pace, as well as the team looking very impressive without Fred. He will hopefully return soon and Vince Grella is still 2 to 3 games off apparently.
Apart from the Perth game, Heart are looking good value and Friday night’s game against Roar just shows that we are amongst it. If Heart can keep playing like this we will upset other top teams and make the finals.