Melbourne Heart FC Assistant Coach Gerard Nus provides some insight into the side’s recent form and how the team has prepared for this Sunday’s match.
Melbourne Heart FC Assistant Coach Gerard Nus provides some insight into the side-s recent form and how the team has prepared for this Sunday-s match.
Straight after the game in Wellington last Sunday, preparation for this weekend commenced.
As coaches we don-t really say too much to the players straight after the match.
Once we went back to the hotel, the Head Coach said a few words with the players and said that it was a good result, that we had shown improvement, but said there is still a long way to go.
The main message was that we needed to start preparing for recovery and for the boys to have a good sleep.
Of course the first part of recovery is the work of the fitness and conditioning department to ensure the players are prepared and ready for training as quickly as possible.
The last time we played Brisbane, we were unhappy with the result. But we don-t want to look too much into the past, we are now in a different situation, we have different players available and fit.
We need to consider and take care of their strengths and their dangers where they can hurt us.
But our main priority is on improving our own game. We know that they are the best team in the A-League and we are going to try to do our best to show them that we can take something really positive from Sunday-s game.
You need to focus on an opponent collectively; what they are looking to achieve as a group; what they present as a group and obviously look at their key players who can make a difference.
Everything is important, but it is about us getting better, about getting more confidence and collectively focusing on the positives as individuals; reinforcing the points that are important in our style of football and obviously working hard to keep improving.
It never stops. You finish one game and the next is just around the corner.
This week we get to enjoy playing in front of our passionate home supporters and we would encourage everyone to come down and enjoy the match and hopefully we have a strong turnout.
I think what we need to show more than ever is that we are strong at home, because we have great support and good fans and they will be our number 12th fan that we really appreciate.