Melbourne Heart FC coach John van ’t Schip lauded his players and the way they bounced back from defeat last time out to win 2-1 against the Victory in the inaugural derby.
By Dejan Kalinic
Melbourne Heart FC coach John van -t Schip lauded his players and the way they bounced back from defeat last time out to win 2-1 against the Victory in the inaugural derby.
In front of a sell out crowd of 25,897, a first half header from John Aloisi and a second half finish at the back post from Alex Terra cancelled out Robbie Kruse-s equalizer.
Van -t Schip praised the fashion in which his players returned 13 days after going down 4-0 to the Brisbane Roar.
“We had good talks about it. We worked on it the past two weeks. This evening, it came onto the pitch in a good way,” he said.
“We want to play like this and it-s not going to happen every time and we did it already for parts in some games.”
The Dutch coach said he could see his game plan being put into practice, but it was yet to be implemented for the full 90 minutes.
“It-s not consistent enough yet and that will take a lot of time to get that in,” van-t Schip said.
“We are working hard on it, we talk a lot about it, but we know also that we need to be very disciplined and very concentrated as a team to get to that level.
“This evening we were. All things fell together.”
The Heart created numerous opportunities, utilizing the wide areas through Terra and Rutger Worm, the providers of the first and second goal respectively.
Fullbacks Michael Marrone and Aziz Behich also had an attacking influence and van -t Schip said his team deserved the three points.
“There was a lot of good football built up from behind and ending up with crosses and short combinations in the final third,” he said.
“We started to struggle at the end with a man sent off, but for certain we deserved victory.”