Motivated by its triumph in the Club’s 100th Hyundai A-League match last Friday, Melbourne Heart FC Head Coach John van’t Schip said he remains focused on Saturday’s challenge against in-form Adelaide United at Hindmarsh Stadium.
Motivated by its triumph in the Club-s 100th Hyundai A-League match last Friday, Melbourne Heart FC Head Coach John van-t Schip said he remains focused on Saturday-s challenge against in-form Adelaide United at Hindmarsh Stadium.
The Club recorded its first win of the season last Friday night against the Newcastle Jets, courtesy of a dominant performance and 3-1 score line, but van-t Schip envisages a challenging assignment at Hindmarsh Stadium.
Van-t Schip acknowledged Adelaide United-s current run of form, which has seen the Reds topple the competition's top two teams - Brisbane Roar and Western Sydney Wanderers - during a run of six matches without defeat.
“We know Adelaide is having very good form they are having very good momentum playing away and winning against Brisbane and winning against Western Sydney,” van-t Schip said.
“[Adelaide Head Coach Josep] Gombau is putting in a good way of playing style so it-s going to be a fantastic game and a fantastic test for our players to see how far we are in our process, which we started two weeks ago.
“I have seen big improvements in the way we play and the energy that the boys are showing, so hopefully we can show that tomorrow as well.
“It-s very clear that we are continuing what we are doing, nothing is changing, so we have a game tomorrow we are preparing for that very well in training today and that will continue until the end of the season.”
Van-t Schip is happy with marquee Orlando Engelaar-s progress in his return from a broken leg and suggested he will earn some extra game time on Saturday.
“Orlando is ready to start or at least play a big part in the game so we are thinking about an hour, maybe longer,” van-t Schip said.
Melbourne Heart will be without David Williams and Patrick Gerhardt for Saturday afternoon-s match, after both sustained minor ankle injuries in last week-s win.
Match Details Saturday, 25 January 2014 Adelaide United vs. Melbourne Heart FC Hindmarsh Stadium Kick-off: 5:00pm local (5:30pm AEDT)