Mifsud a 'team player'

Melbourne Heart FC striker David Williams says Michael Mifsud's decision to hand him the penalty in Sunday's 3-3 draw against Adelaide proved he was a team player.

Striker David Williams says Michael Mifsud's decision to hand him the penalty kick in Sunday's 3-3 draw against Adelaide proved he was a team player - and believes the Maltese international will be hard to stop once he finds his first A-League goal.

Williams told RSN Radio this morning that Mifsud - Melbourne Heart's designated spot-kick taker - made the decision that Williams was the more suitable candidate, after the Maltese international missed a few chances early in the first half.

Williams converted the penalty to give Heart a 3-2 lead, but said Mifsud's action showed courage.

“Michael is the number one taker and at the time he said for me to take it [the penalty],” Williams said.

“I think it shows good courage for him to say that... he had a lot of opportunities but [didn-t convert], so he passed it onto me and said if you are confident enough take it.

“He-s a player that has scored against some of the biggest countries in Europe so he will find the back of the net soon and when he does it will be very hard to stop him because I think everything will go in after that first goal goes in.

“I actually wanted him to get that penalty in to get the monkey off his back so that he could get off the mark and usually that is what sparks a run of goals or a run of form.

“When he fires and gets that first goal he is going to be very important for us.”

Head Coach John Aloisi also praised Mifsud-s penalty decision after the match on Sunday.

“He wants to be scoring goals, as all goal scorers do, but on that penalty he just showed to me and to his teammates that he-s here for the team because he is supposed to take that penalty and he said to Willow, 'things aren-t going my way, you take it'," Aloisi said.

“That-s a team player and that-s what this Club is about... that was good of him because he put the team before himself."

Melbourne Heart take on the Western Sydney Wanderers at Pirtek Stadium, Parramatta from 5.30pm on Saturday evening.

Match Details Hyundai A-League Round 9 Saturday, 7 December 2013 Western Sydney Wanderers vs. Melbourne Heart FC Pirtek Stadium, Parramatta Kick-off: 5:30pm