Melbourne Heart FC winger Iain Ramsay said Sunday’s second-half display illustrated the Red and White’s character when the odds were stacked against them.
Melbourne Heart FC winger Iain Ramsay said Sunday-s second-half display illustrated the Red and White-s character when the odds were stacked against them.
Trailing 2-0 at the break against Adelaide United at AAMI Park, the Heart looked down and out at the interval.
But a superb second-half display, which saw the Red and White score three goals in 17 second-half minutes to lead 3-2 – before succumbing to a late, deflected Marcelo Carrusca free kick – Ramsay said the team had shown fight.
“The boys showed great character to come back from going 2-0 down in the first half – we made it hard for [ourselves],” Ramsay told SEN-s A-League Hour.
“The boys showed great character coming out in the second half and we scored two really good goals and obviously converted a penalty.
“We were unlucky in the end not to hold on for the three points, but the boys showed plenty of heart to come back.
“We always have that belief that once we score that first goal then that will give the team confidence and naturally lift us, and especially at home, when you-re playing in front of our home fans, once that first goal comes in you just have that feeling there is more to come.”
Ramsay said that the player-s celebrations with Head Coach John Aloisi following the goals, and interaction with the crowd after the final whistle, demonstrated the team-s belief.
“We-re very much sticking together, we believe in our coaching staff and we believe in the squad that we have,” Ramsay said.
“When things don-t go too well, I think that-s the most important time to make sure everyone sticks together and gets each other out of the situation we-re in.
“A lot of occasions in games we have been unfortunate not to come away with all three points and we showed some great signs the other day against Adelaide that we can get the crowd right behind us.
“There is a lot of belief in our squad and we know that we can turn things around and that-s why we-re sticking together, because if we didn-t do that, we-d crumble and that-s the last thing we-d want to do.
Ramsay said the Heart would travel to Pirtek Stadium to challenge the Western Sydney Wanderers this Saturday with renewed confidence.
Click play on the audio file below to listen to the full interview with Iain Ramsay on SEN