Promising Performances No Consolation: van 't Schip

Head Coach John van ‘t Schip has taken no solace in the quality of his team’s performances this season as Melbourne Heart FC heads into tomorrow night’s match against Adelaide United at Hindmarsh Stadium.

Head Coach John van ‘t Schip has taken no solace in the quality of his team-s performances this season as Melbourne Heart FC heads into tomorrow night-s match against Adelaide United at Hindmarsh Stadium.

Despite sitting at the foot of the Hyundai A-League table, Heart has been competitive in its opening four matches of the season, with the team-s ladder standing unreflective of its performances this season.

During week one at Newcastle, a last gasp deflection denied the Red and White a point, while week two saw a defensive error prove costly as Perth snared all three points.

The Melbourne Derby was another affair which left van ‘t Schip to rue his side-s lack of cutting edge on goal as Heart emerged with only on a solitary point to show for their efforts before Nick Carle-s 94th minute goal ensured Sydney grabbed a share of the points last week.

However, van ‘t Schip said the nature of Heart-s performances over the opening month of the season have provided little consolation.

“What counts is that we've played four games and got two points. Everyone will forget in a few weeks' time that we've played very well and had no luck,” he said.

“Luck you deserve by working hard and believing in what you are doing and then it will turn around. Hopefully that will start on Friday.”

Van ‘t Schip expects Adelaide to provide a stern challenge in front of its home fans, saying the 7-1 drubbing the Reds received at the hands of Brisbane will provide suitable motivation for Rini Coolen-s men.

"They have to show their fans back in Adelaide that it was a big mistake," he said.

"They have a good team because if you look at all the people telling who's going to finish high in the league this year Adelaide was top with Brisbane and Victory and that hasn't gone away."