Melbourne Heart FC Head Coach John van ‘t Schip has backed his side to turnaround its scoring woes ahead of the Club’s home match against the Newcastle Jets on Wednesday.
Melbourne Heart FC Head Coach John van ‘t Schip has backed his side to turnaround it scoring woes ahead of the Club-s home match against the Newcastle Jets on Wednesday.
After struggling to convert its chances during the first half against Gold Coast United yesterday, Heart was made to rue its missed opportunities as the home side struck just before half time.
And the trend continued in the second period as a string of squandered openings conspired to plot Heart-s downfall, allowing Gold Coast to claim all three points.
While Head Coach John van ‘t Schip acknowledged his side remained capable of crafting numerous scoring opportunities, he said a lack of confidence is hampering Heart-s efforts in front of goal.
“We can’t score at the moment and our confidence is not there. It can be turned around very fast, but we need a result,” he said.
“In the first half, we were playing okay, we were creating chances. But if you don-t score, it-s difficult, and Gold Coast was very efficient. They had two shots on goal.
“From one shot they got a corner, and from the corner, they scored. That-s important, and it-s a part of football as well.”
Complicating concerns ahead of Heart-s mid-week encounter with the Jets, van ‘t Schip may be forced to make changes to his squad after Michael Marrone and Alex Terra were withdrawn early due to injury.
While the duo may yet be available for the upcoming match, van ‘t Schip said he may be forced to look for replacements in his starting eleven.
“We have to first see how the players pull up after the game. There are a few problems with Alex Terra and Michael Marrone, who went out with injuries,” he said.
“We have to see how both have recovered today before we commence preparations for the Newcastle Jets at AAMI Park and see how we are going to put the team out on the pitch.”