Adelaide A Tough Challenge: Dugandzic

Star attacker Mate Dugandzic doesn’t believe Melbourne Heart FC can draw anything from Adelaide United’s loss to Brisbane Roar last week as the side travels to Hindmarsh Stadium for tonight’s match.

Star attacker Mate Dugandzic doesn-t believe Melbourne Heart FC can draw anything from Adelaide United-s loss to Brisbane Roar last week as the side travels to Hindmarsh Stadium for tonight-s match.

With Brisbane in unstoppable form at present, Dugandzic believes the 7-1 result is an aberration, and expects Adelaide to come out firing in front of its home fans.

“I suppose when you lose like that, you-re bound to bounce back. Adelaide is a good team and have great players, so we-re not expecting an easy test. Obviously, we-d love to imitate what Brisbane-s done; we know it will be very difficult for us to do that,” he said.

“The last couple of games they haven-t played the way they want to play, but against Victory, they played very well and dominated the match. But then again, everyone is losing to Brisbane and they are dominating the majority of their matches, so you can-t criticise them too much for that.”

While Heart were desperately unlucky not to claim its first win of the campaign last weekend after Nick Carle-s late goal ensured a share of the points, Dugandzic believes on the balance of play, the draw was a fair result.

Crediting Sydney FC for their performance away from home, Dugandzic believes the result would have been easier to accept had the Sky Blues scored earlier in the contest.

“It was very disappointing and similar to the Newcastle game where we conceded in the last minute. We have to move on and deal with it. It was heart breaking in the sense we conceded in the last minute, but it was a fairly even match,” he said.

“By all means, if we scored in the 40th minute, and Sydney scored in the 60th minute, a draw would have been a fair result. But the fact is they scored in the 92nd or 93rd minute, which made the result more difficult to handle.”