Hoffman: Let's finish on a high

Melbourne Heart FC defender Jason Hoffman believes the side can learn from last Friday’s loss to Brisbane Roar in preparation for their clash against Adelaide United this weekend.

Melbourne Heart FC defender Jason Hoffman believes the side can learn from last Friday-s loss to Brisbane Roar in preparation for their clash against Adelaide United this weekend.

Melbourne took the lead against the newly crowned A-League Premiers up in Brisbane thanks to a goal from Aziz Behich, but the Roar fought back to secure a 2-1 win.

It was a tough loss to take for Melbourne Heart who were the better side in the first-half, creating an abundance of opportunities that ultimately went begging.

Hoffman believes there were plenty of positives to take out of the match to use against Adelaide on Friday night.

“We were disappointed seeing as though how good we started the game, especially in the first-half an hour we were really on top,” Hoffman said.

“Towards the end of the first half you could tell that they were starting to creep back in it and obviously equalising before half time killed our momentum.

“For them to get a red card and for us not to go on to win the game was extremely disappointing.

“I guess we can learn from that, and Adelaide-s very similar to Brisbane. If we can learn from the things we did poorly in the last game then hopefully we can come away with a good result in Adelaide.”

But the right-back knows Adelaide will be no easy task, with the South Australian side still in the hunt for a home semi-final.

“Adelaide is one of the form teams and I think they-ve shown at many times that they can be the best team in the league with some of the football they have played,” Hoffman said.

“It-s going to be very similar challenge to the Brisbane game going to Adelaide and trying to come away with three points.

“But we will learn from the Brisbane game and we-ll put that in to training this week and work harder and try to end the season on a high.”

Hoffman, one of only two inaugural players still at the Club, was also happy to have recently signed a new deal that will keep him at Melbourne Heart until the end of the 2015-16 A-League season.

“This club has been like a home away from home,” Hoffman said.

“I-ve got a great passion for this city and this club in particular so to sign on and be a part of exciting times moving forward I couldn-t be happier.”