Melbourne Heart FC Head Coach John van ‘t Schip has lamented his side’s lack of cutting edge in front of goal in the wake of its 0-0 draw in the Melbourne Derby.
Melbourne Heart FC Head Coach John van ‘t Schip has lamented his side-s lack of cutting edge in front of goal in the wake of its 0-0 draw in the Melbourne Derby.
Despite producing a domineering display, dictating the terms and tempo of the contest for the bulk of 90 minutes, Heart was ultimately unable to make the decisive breakthrough, spurning a number of gilt-edged scoring opportunities.
Equally responsible for Heart-s failure to find the back of the net however was Victory goalkeeper Ante Covic, who produced a world-class effort in the final 10 minutes of the match to parry debutant Craig Goodwin-s goal bound effort.
While van ‘t Schip drew comfort from Heart-s ability to create scoring opportunities for the duration of the contest, the Dutchman admitted his team must become ruthless in the 18-yard box.
"We were not decisive enough up front,'" he said.
"It's very positive that you create these chances but you have to take them. It's good that you can play the way you want to play but we have to be more sure and more determined in the way we go into the last part of the attack”
Van ‘t Schip also cited a need for Heart to improve its passing efficiency, counting the cost of wastefulness in possession.
“We gave too many simple balls away and our cutbacks and crosses were not sharp enough. We had some big chances,” he said.
Heart returns to the training paddock on Tuesday ahead of the weekend-s clash, with Club Captain Fred in contention to don the armband and return to action.