Van 't Schip: Missed Chances Cost Us

Melbourne Heart FC Head Coach John van ‘t Schip has conceded his side’s wastefulness in front of goal contributed to its 2-0 loss to the Wellington Phoenix yesterday.

Melbourne Heart FC Head Coach John van ‘t Schip has conceded his side-s wastefulness in front of goal contributed to its 2-0 loss to the Wellington Phoenix yesterday.

The Red and White-s missed a host of gilt edged chances either side of half time before Wellington finally opened the scoring on the hour mark through Paul Ifill.

A second strike from Ifill 10 minutes later then effectively killed the contest, forcing van ‘t Schip to redirect his attention to Saturday-s night-s blockbuster against Sydney FC.

Van ‘t Schip felt his side deserved more from the contest, stating Heart was the superior side for the opening hour of the match.

“Until the first goal, I thought we were the better team. We had four one-on-one chances and they didn't have any. But if you don't put one of those away, you know the opposition is going to get a chance. It's our own fault,” he said to the Herald Sun.

“We're playing quite well and if you don't get results, your belief starts to go away. We played well for 70 minutes, but at the end you need a result and we didn't get it.

“We can say we deserved a result, but you don't always get what you deserve if you don't take your chances.”

With Matt Thompson set to miss this weekend-s match through suspension after collecting two yellow cards, van ‘t Schip will be forced to re-jig his Heart-s backline when the side welcomes Sydney FC to AAMI Park for the first time.

Among van ‘t Schip-s potential options are Young Socceroo defender Brendan Hamill, who featured last night, as well as Club Captain Simon Colosimo and Dean Heffernan, should they recover in time.

Colosimo has missed the previous two matches due to a knee injury, while illness has prevented Heffernan from being available for the last fortnight.