Now that finals football is totally out of the question, Melbourne Heart can only hope it doesn’t finish the season in last place. Tonight Heart faces the Mariners in Gosford, a team priming itself for finals football and ACL action after somehow losing the Premier’s plate, so we can only hope that Wellington loses its final game (to Victory of all teams!).
Despite its most loyal fans talking up its chances of scraping into 5th or 6th spot (ourselves included), the truth is now obvious that Heart has been on the slide for a while, particularly the costly hoodoo of continuing to lose away games. We haven’t even been able to draw an away game for too long. Had we fought back in 3 or 4 more games this season to at least gain a draw, then we’d be in finals contention.
Heart’s strong home form seemed to be its salvation, until we crashed to Adelaide and then the Wanderers. I thought we didn’t play that badly against WSW with Golgol’s stunning goal providing real hope of at least a draw. However again we faded and lost to an ordinary looking team whose momentum seems to have carried it on to the Premiership – congratulations to Western Sydney for an amazing achievement. Of course Heart fans look forward to such glory in future seaons, but much change at the club is needed…more on that in the next few weeks. For now in case you’re about to tune out of the A-league until next season, a huge thanks to our readers / followers / supporters, it’s been an unexpectedly rewarding first season for The Big Heart. Keep up the faith and maintain your support for the Heart into the 2013/2014 season, it’s early days yet. Melbourne Heart forever!