Heart Poised For Tactical Reshuffle

A new week means a new opponent, and for Melbourne Heart FC Head Coach John van ‘t Schip, this is likely to result in a reshuffle of the side which snared a deserved 1-1 draw over Brisbane Roar when his side takes on the Wellington Phoenix tomorrow.

A new week means a new opponent, and for Melbourne Heart FC Head Coach John van ‘t Schip, this is likely to result in a reshuffle of the side which snared a deserved 1-1 draw over Brisbane Roar when his side takes on the Wellington Phoenix tomorrow.

After fielding a two-pronged strike force against the reigning champions last weekend, van ‘t Schip is poised to shake up his line-up in a bid to end Heart-s recent dip in form.

Although the Red and White have been hardly played like a side grappling a form crisis, producing stellar displays against the league-s top two sides in performances which deserved much more than the one point ultimately earned, a win against Wellington is not just a need, it-s a must in a virtual six-pointer.

“We played a different style against Brisbane than we normally do so I shall decide later. Every game is a big game now. From now on until the end every game is going to be a final. That's how I see it,” he said.

“Wellington is now third. Four weeks ago they were seventh or eighth, it changes very quickly. I don't think there are that many differences between the teams. I think Brisbane and Central Coast are above the other teams. All the others are almost equally competitive”

While Heart is set to once again miss club captain Fred, van ‘t Schip believes the recent performances against Brisbane and Central Coast prove his team possesses the depth necessary to cover the void left by his absence.

“He is an important player, but he's not there. If you look at the Central Coast and Brisbane matches we played very good games without Fred,” he said.

“I think we have depth and quality enough to be a competitive team and play good football without him there.”