Melbourne Heart FC head coach John van ‘t Schip has lamented his team’s inability to translate its possession dominance to the scoreboard following yesterday’s 1-2 loss against Perth Glory at AAMI Park.
Melbourne Heart FC head coach John van ‘t Schip has lamented his team-s inability to translate its possession dominance to the scoreboard following yesterday-s 1-2 loss against Perth Glory at AAMI Park.
Despite dictating terms for much of the contest, Heart was left to rue its profligacy in front of goal and territorial dominance as Perth pounced, netting through sharpshooter Shane Smeltz and Steven McGarry.
The pattern of the contest proved a near replica to Heart-s last home outing, where the Red and White-s once again failed to demonstrate the cutting edge needed to snare all three points.
“We had the ball a lot, we wanted to have the ball, but the problem was we couldn-t get into the final third to really hurt them and create a lot of pressure to keep them there,” van ‘t Schip said.
“We were having the ball a lot in the back and midfield, but we ended up too rarely in their 18-yard box.”
Van ‘t Schip added: “There were periods in the second half we were coming into the game better, we scored the goal after the penalty, but it was mentally, difficult to cope after we conceded the second goal.
“In that moment, I think we were playing really well and applying a lot pressure with corners, free kicks and creating chances. But then we fell behind again 2-1 and it was difficult after.”