You know you love a club when you stay for the full 90+ minutes only to feel the pain of another loss. Then, you just want the next week to come around so you can show your support and hopefully see a win on the board. Let’s look again at what was and what’s coming up.
Heart VS WSW:
Ash: It is hard to watch the team you love lose time and again. Before the match, after work, I was getting nervous. The club is breaking records, but not in a good way. To settle my nerves, I just wanted to get to AAMI park, bag my usual seat and make sure I saved seats for friends. I thought, I have experienced highs and lows in supporting my AFL team in the past. But it wasn’t until I become a foundation member for Melbourne Heart that I felt like I actually belong to a club, that I actually feel the pain of losing and feel those nerves before a match. With every year that goes by this club grows on me, as I write this blog and watch last week’s match on reply for the third time, I could watch it a million times, and yet we didn’t win it. That’s what this club means to me.
Ok, I should be writing about the match against WSW, but with what we are going through, I felt like the above had to be said.
I felt like we played well, and once again we were robbed of a draw or a win. But after watching the replays WSW were always in the right positions, stopping our crosses and attempts on goal. Maybe, we are lacking in depth (and now even the Italian Migliorini is apparently injured and he is the injury replacement for Orlando Engelaar); maybe we are playing the wrong line up; maybe Aloisi does need a plan B. The season is still in its early days, but a draw at home would have been easier on the ladder.
– Williams, once again a shining light, and should have stayed on for the full 90+ minutes.
– Walker looks like one of the other players who has that never say die attitude.
– The other two young guys Mauk and Retre played well, and showed some good signs.
– Watching Shinji Ono play and seeing his leadership of WSW on the field.
– I did think that Aziz Behich looked like he was playing the last 40 minutes injured, after he hurt his back, and should have been replaced.
– Mifsud was having trouble against the big WSW defenders.
– Not winning at home.
Max: I couldn’t be at this game but was checking Twitter regularly for updates. Following Heart has certainly become a tough emotional ride, especially when you see how close we come in each game to scoring goals but just can’t put them away. One goal against WSW would have been enough to earn a deserved draw; the taking of two chances would have resulted in a win over a very ordinary WSW. Like many fans and the media, I’m also analysing why Heart has become a team of ‘would of’ and ‘could of’, instead of one that is realising its potential.
I too watched the replay and what stood out is the lack of co-ordinated purpose between our forwards. I can see the understanding between them is growing but Mifsud and Gogol looked unsure of their position and that’s something Aloisi must fix rather than just hoping they work it out. Gogol’s height could have been used to unsettle the Wanderer’s defence in a central position, ready to knock down crosses or hold up the ball for Mifsud or Williams to run onto and get shots on goal. I was surprised Mifsud didn’t read some of the play better to get in goal scoring positions but he looks more promising with each game. Shots on goal is the other factor here, as the Herald Sun focused on yesterday; Heart is having as many shots as most other teams, yet only 27% of those shots are hitting the target which also ranks us at the bottom of the pack. What can I say other than the team needs to work on setting up chances that allow for more accurate shots on goal, as well as individual improvement in this vital area. You do get a sense that once we score again, the team’s confidence will return and chances will be taken.
The Stats against Sydney:
– Overall (Win/Draw/Loss): 3/5/1
– Last time they meet:
Our Predictions for Heart VS Sydney:
Ash: If any team is our bitch, then it is Sydney. We certainly know what that feels like being in that position for most of the clubs in the A-League. But Sydney have only beaten us once, and that is one time to many in my book. Heart need to forget about our losing streak, and all the other long bad records we are breaking, and think that we need to keep Sydney as the club we know we have it over. We must win, a draw would be ok, we just need to have at least one club that we can say we have it over them. Sydney did beat Victory last round 3-2, just showing that in this competition no club is laying down. I would love to see a win in this match, but I’m feeling down in the gutter, beaten at the moment, I’m just hoping we give it all and have a draw, 2-2.
The positives from the last two home matches is seeing crowds over 8,000, lets all make sure we show a sea of red and white and support for the players, and hopefully the team can bring home the full points for us.
C’mon you boys in red.
Max: I’m not convinced by Sydney’s win over Victory that they are a renewed force. Their defence can be broken down by an extra hungry Heart who will want nothing more than to break its losing streak and get three points to show that it is a competitive team. We need to minimise ADP’s influence of course and our defence needs to be more decisive with clearing the ball than against WSW. I predict Heart will get that win 2-1.