Dugandzic: We Have A Tough Schedule Ahead

Melbourne Heart FC leading scorer Mate Dugandzic admits his side faces a daunting run of matches throughout January, starting with a midweek encounter against Adelaide United.

Melbourne Heart FC leading scorer Mate Dugandzic admits his side faces a daunting run of matches throughout January, starting with a midweek encounter against Adelaide United.

After surging into second place on the Hyundai A-League table, Heart faces a stern challenge over the coming month as it seeks to consolidate its place among the competition-s leading lights.

With a resurgent Adelaide United first on the agenda, Heart will then face Gold Coast United, Perth Glory, Central Coast Mariners and Brisbane Roar within a fortnight, setting the stage for a potentially season defining period.

"We've got five games in 18 days, so it's a difficult schedule for us, but we want to keep the momentum going," Dugandzic said.

"Brisbane has dropped off but I expect them to bounce back, but hopefully Central Coast can drop points and we can climb up to first.”

After claiming a strong 4-0 triumph over Sydney FC last week, Dugandzic said confidence is high among the Heart camp.

But the fleet-footed attacker said the team remains firmly grounded and aware of the significant challenges which lay ahead.

“It was a great result, we didn't start off very well but at the end of the first half and in the second we played a lot better,” he said.

“Everyone is quite confident in the group now we know we can score in every game and the belief is there.”