Thompson: We Must Be Vigilant
Melbourne Heart FC Stand-In Captain Matt Thompson says the side must be vigilant ahead of tonight’s match against Perth Glory at nib Stadium.
Melbourne Heart FC Stand-In Captain Matt Thompson says the side must be vigilant ahead of tonight-s match against Perth Glory at nib Stadium.
With the race for a place in the finals tightening, Thompson said Heart can-t afford to make any errors in the closing stages of the season if it wishes to remain in control of its destiny.
“We know what we've got to do. If we do slip up it's one of those ones where we hope those other teams around us slip us as well,” he said. "But the idea is to win all the games and we shouldn't have anything to worry about.”
In what has fast become a mantra for the side, Thompson reiterated the belief that Heart must approach every match as a final, acknowledging the importance of maintaining the Club-s current run of form.
"We mentioned a couple of weeks ago that every game is a grand final and it's a cliche but it's a bit like that at the moment,” he said.
"We know that we're in a situation that if we do stuff up it's going to make it a lot harder because Newcastle still have a game in hand and Victory are still in front.”
He added: "With any luck after a couple of wins, we could find ourselves cemented in that top six and maybe focus on something a bit higher.
"If we can win five or six of the next six then we should be sweet to get into those finals.”
Having drawn in the Club-s two previous encounters, Thompson said he is anticipating another difficult test against Glory, with the side-s home form a constant reminder of the challenge of heading west.
“Perth can be sitting last on the table or first, you always know what you're going to get when you come to Perth,” he said.
“For some reason they're a completely different side when they play in Perth.”