It's Time To Convert: Milicic

Melbourne Heart FC Assistant Coach Ante Milicic has been encouraged by his side’s creative exploits in the attacking third of the park, but says it is now time for the team to begin converting its scoring opportunities with greater frequency.

Melbourne Heart FC Assistant Coach Ante Milicic has been encouraged by his side-s creative exploits in the attacking third of the park, but says it is now time for the team to begin converting its scoring opportunities with greater frequency.

The Red and White stumbled to a 2-2 draw with Sydney FC on Saturday in a match characterised by Heart-s inability to capitalise on numerous scoring opportunities.

While young striker Eli Babalj has entered a rich vein of form in recent weeks, netting four times in five matches, the rising star has been forced to shoulder Heart-s scoring responsibilities, with the side still guilty of squandering gilt edged chances.

However, with Heart-s scoring opportunities being crafted through a variety of avenues, Milicic says Heart-s attacking play has been heartening nonetheless.

“In a few games recently, we-ve played well and created chances, but that was the first game we-ve scored two goals in this year,” he said.

“We-ve been struggling to put away our chances when you look at how many we create. It was good to see our two strikers score as well, Eli and Mate, and it will give them a lot of confidence. They-ve been great for us.

Milicic added: We are creating some real clear cut chances, and these aren-t really half chances either, they are one-on-ones with the goalkeeper, and coming from infield, creating chances, we-re getting a lot of width from our players as well, our set pieces going forward have been good.

“We-ve been creating chances from a lot of different avenues, so it was pleasing to see that.”