Week Not Season Defining: van 't Schip

Melbourne Heart FC’s upcoming back-to-back hit outs against reigning Grand Finalists Brisbane Roar and Central Coast Mariners will not prove season defining, according to head coach John van ‘t Schip.

Melbourne Heart FC-s upcoming back-to-back hit outs against reigning Grand Finalists Brisbane Roar and Central Coast Mariners will not prove season defining, according to head coach John van ‘t Schip.

The competition-s leading two sides loom as a massive hurdle for Heart over the coming four days, as van ‘t Schip looks to assert his team-s place among the Hyundai A-League-s elite.

With many clamouring to pin point the upcoming two-match swing as a potential turning point, van ‘t Schip said regardless of the outcome this week, his team remains well placed to achieve the Club-s goal of a finals berth.

“Of course we know if we get some results that makes it a lot easier (to make finals)," he said.

"If it isn't the case we know we are back in the big pot of all the teams that are fighting for play-offs."

"The season is by far not gone. Even if we lose the coming two games, which I am not expecting, we are still in a good spot to go into the finals."

Heart lies three points behind Brisbane Roar with a game in hand heading into tomorrow night, with opponents the Central Coast Mariners a further six points clear.

Van ‘t Schip is unlikely to make an drastic changes to the side which fell to Perth Glory on Sunday, despite a recall for two-time Socceroo David Williams.