Van 't Schip Encourages Introspection

Melbourne Heart FC Head Coach John van ‘t Schip has encouraged his charges to look within and reflect on their individual performances as his side looks to bounce back against Gold Coast United on Friday night.

Melbourne Heart FC Head Coach John van ‘t Schip has encouraged his charges to look within and reflect on their individual performances as his side looks to bounce back against Gold Coast United on Friday night.

The Red and White suffered its heaviest loss of the season when the Newcastle Jets capitalised on Heart-s flagging form to register a comprehensive 3-0 win at Hunter Stadium yesterday.

Goals from Jeremy Brockie, Ryan Griffiths and Michael Bridges ensured Heart would continue its search for a first win in 2012, punishing a profligate side which failed to capitalise on its early match dominance.

Dismissing any suggestions he would dish out the hairdryer treatment to his struggling side, van ‘t Schip instead revealed he would urge introspection, allowing his team to contemplate its recent performances in solace.

“I don-t think there is any sense (in criticising players after the match), he said.

“We had a good talk before the game in the hotel and in the dressing room. You-re not going to change anything now after the game.

“Everybody has to have a think about his own performance, and they have two days to come back (before preparing to face Gold Coast).”

While the scoreboard indicated a one-sided affair, in many respects, the final result failed to reflect Heart-s ascendancy during the early stages of the contest, as an under strength outfit bossed the Jets for 20 minutes before succumbing to the relentless pressure exercised by Gary van Egmond-s team.

Van ‘t Schip said Heart appeared bereft of creativity, unable to deduce the formula needed to break free of the shackles applied by a physical Newcastle outfit.

“We didn-t create much. The first 20 minutes was ok actually, we were controlling the game, giving them enough problems to think about,” he said.

“They were looking for answers to the way we were playing, but our problem is we didn-t create opportunities to score.”