It may have been the most emphatic win in the Club’s history, but Melbourne Heart FC right-back Jason Hoffman has said the side is staying firmly grounded after Sunday's 5-0 win over Wellington Phoenix.
It may have been the most emphatic win in the Club-s history, but Melbourne Heart FC right-back Jason Hoffman has said the side is staying firmly grounded after Sunday's 5-0 win over Wellington Phoenix.
While Hoffman said the team were pleased with the result and the performance at Westpac Stadium, the side are acutely aware that league leaders Brisbane Roar loom as the Red and White-s next challenge this Sunday when they return to AAMI Park.
“We came to New Zealand to come and get three points and it just seemed like it was one of those days where everything went our way and we were happy with the result,” Hoffman said.
“But straight away we were reminded that we need to move onto next week.
"It was good to get a good result, but in the same sense we realise we-re still on the bottom [of the ladder] and we need to lift for next week-s task.”
But Melbourne Heart proved that it can match it with form sides in the competition, considering Wellington had won six of their last eight matches heading into Sunday-s encounter.
“They [the Phoenix] have definitely been in some great form, and that was reminded to us before the game,” Hoffman said.
“We have been in pretty good form of late which is surprising for many, but we-ve always had belief in the squad and we thought we could [go to Wellington] and play good football and get a good result.
“In the second half we came out and really played some good football and we were really pleased with that.
"It-s a credit to the boys that we stuck to the task and hopefully we can build on that and perform better at home next week.”
“In saying that, there is still plenty to improve on. "
Match Details Hyundai A-League Round 20 Sunday, 23 February 2014 Melbourne Heart FC vs. Brisbane Roar AAMI Park, Melbourne Kick-off: 5pm