The door to the finals is still ajar and Heart have a chance to put a foot inside if they perform in tomorrow’s game. With 6 games to go, 3 of them being home games, Heart have to make sure that they keep winning both at home and away.
Round 21 and Heart went to Hunter Stadium to take on the Jets. It was an important match for both teams, but once again the away syndrome that Heart have had this season kicked in. Newcastle Jets were also going into the match with their own dramas and issues, but they were able to overcome them and win against Heart with a 2-0 win. Even with Heskey kicking the first goal in the opening ten minutes, the first half seemed to be pretty even. The start of the second half and Heart was looking strong, but not being able to convert some close calls throughout the match cost Heart. In the last two games leading into the Jets match our back line was looking solid but they didn’t seem to sync as well with Colosimo returning the back line. Hopefully in tomorrow’s match against Sydney he will be back in form.
Someone tweeted mid week asking what crowd numbers to expect for the #MHvSYD match, with Scott Munn tweeting that they are expecting around a crowd of around 13,000 to 14,000. The Del Piero effect seems to be kicking in, and hopefully we can continue the momentum of the #OneMelburnian campaign. So let’s try and get the crowd numbers over 15,000 screaming red and white, and be the extra player for Heart.
Coming up against Team Del Piero, which just received a new player, um what’s his name again, Lucas Neill! It will be a bitter sweet game this Sunday, Heart was nearly across the line with signing the Australian Captain Neill, just to have him at the last minute sign up with Sydney. Well, the only thing which can be said to him is good luck, and it is great to see the older Socceroos starting to come into the A-League and support this great competition. This will be a tough one for both teams. Sydney are looking to bolster their fifth spot position and Heart are looking to keep the finals dream alive. It will be great to see Del Piero finally in the flesh and playing great football, but not too great because we want Heart to win this one. Aloisi should have close to a full squad to choose from for this important match, so there should be no excuses from that side of things. However, Sydney have also got a few players returning to their line up, and have been looking good over the last few games.
This will not be an easy task for Heart to win, but if they want to make finals, a win against Sydney tomorrow is needed. Good news for Heart was yesterday’s draw coming out of the #JETSvROAR match. With Sydney, Heart, Jets and Roar all fighting for those last two spots, a draw was a good result for Melbourne Heart and keeps us in the hunt.
Don’t forget to pick up your copy of Schip Happens!, the Melbourne Heart Fan Zine, which will be available on game day this Sunday and also you will be able to pick it up at The Imperial before the game.