Melbourne Heart’s right back, Michael Marrone, is delighted that his team managed to keep a clean sheet for the first time this season, and is confident the Red and White defensive unit can repeat the performance against Sydney FC on Saturday night.
Melbourne Heart-s right back, Michael Marrone, is delighted that his team managed to keep a clean sheet for the first time this season, and is confident the Red and White defensive unit can repeat the performance against Sydney FC on Saturday night.
“It didn-t happen the first two weeks, so it was nice. Especially against the Victory as well,” Marrone said.
He also paid tribute to teammates Simon Colosimo and Clint Bolton, back in the team for the first time this season, saying that the defence felt a lot more solid with their presence.
“You-ve got Clint yelling in your ear all the time and you-ve got Shime playing next you...too be honest it felt a lot more comfortable.”
“The amount of experience that Clint and Simon have, it adds a lot to the team. I-m very happy to have them back,” Marrone said.
The return of Bolton and Colosimo is a timely one, with Marrone wanting Melbourne Heart to stop conceding soft goals.
“If you look at the Newcastle game, we-ve pretty much gifted them two goals, and then you look at the Perth game, and we gifted them goals again. It-s very frustrating.”
“By the end of the game you-re absolutely smashed and you-ve tried your heart out. To go in thinking, ‘well they didn-t have a lot of chances, but the goals they-ve scored we pretty much gave to them on a plate- is very frustrating.”
However, Marrone was happy with the way Heart played in the Melbourne Derby last weekend.
“Even though we didn-t get the three points, we had something like 20 shots on goal so we definitely could have put the game away." he said.
"To come away with a point from the Victory, who are a decent side, is a good start, but we certainly do need to get the three points start coming in over the next few weeks. We-ll start with Sydney.”