Dugandzic ready for “stern” Perth test


Melbourne Heart FC winger Mate Dugandzic is ready for a difficult away trip against Perth Glory this Sunday

Melbourne Heart FC has recorded its best start to a Hyundai A-League campaign since the club-s inception and winger Mate Dugandzic is confident the streak can continue this weekend.

After three matches in the Club’s first two seasons, Heart had just one point to its name.

Currently unbeaten with four points in two matches, the outlook is much brighter than previous campaigns, especially if John Aloisi-s side can claim a positive result away to Perth Glory this Sunday afternoon.

For that theory to become reality, Dugandzic believes Heart need to become more clinical in front of goal, starting against a Perth side who put them to the sword in a forgettable pre-season outing back in September.

“[When] we played Perth in the pre-season they gave us a bit of a shake up at Epping Stadium,” Dugandzic said.

“That was a bit of a wake-up call and we were able to bounce back against Victory a couple of weeks later.

“We-ve got to move on now and Perth is going to be a stern test this weekend.

“We know that we need to put in a lot better performance than we did at Epping Stadium.”

Although their last hit-out against Perth had helped the side to rectify some teething issues and iron out pre-season problems the 22-year-old winger realises there is no margin of error this Sunday.

“It-s good that we-re creating a lot of chances on goal, it’s just that we have to be a bit more clinical and put teams away,” Dugandzic said.

“Against Victory we didn-t manage to put them away and it was a bit nervous in the last 10 minutes and the same thing [happened] again against Wellington.

“If we had managed to score our couple of chances in the first half we could have went on and scored a few more in the second.”

While Dugandzic believes Perth will be a formidable opponent, Ian Ferguson’s side will have to wary of the Heart’s ability to unlock teams down the flank and continually create chances.

Heart leaves for Perth on Saturday afternoon before kicking off against Glory at 2pm (local time/5pm AEST).