Van’t Schip Rues Missed Chances


The reaction from Melbourne Heart FC Head Coach John van’t Schip following our clash against the Newcastle Jets at Hunter Stadium last Saturday.

Melbourne Heart FC Head Coach John van-t Schip has put Saturday-s loss against the Newcastle Jets down to his side failing to take their chances.

Melbourne Heart were looking to make it six A-League wins in succession but a combination of poor playing conditions and a physical Jets side made it difficult for van-t Schip-s men to ever get in to the game.

Chances were few and far between, but Jonatan Germano hit the post in the first-half while Iain Ramsay and David Williams were both presented with good opportunities in the second-half.

But it was just not the Red and White-s afternoon, with the Jets running out 1-0 winners in the Hunter thanks to a second-half strike from the Hyundai A-League top-scorer Adam Taggart.

“We were not playing well ourselves, we were not having a good game,” van-t Schip said.

“I think for the neutral watcher it was not a good game. Until the goal we took a risk and at the end and opened a bit up.

“But we had our chances at the beginning of the game and in the second half as well. It could have gone both ways this game, but it in the end it went in the way of Newcastle-s.

“This is of course a disappointment but more because of the way we played not because of the loss.

“Of course everybody wants to win but I-m also looking at the way we played and I think we can do a lot better.”

The Hunter Stadium pitch was not in the best condition, with both teams visibly struggling to keep hold of the ball for any decent amount of time.

“The circumstances weren-t really good; there was a lot of wind in the first half and in the pitch was not in a good condition so that makes it difficult to play it on the ground,” van-t Schip said.

“In the air they were strong; they have [Emile] Heskey up front and in the back they have [Kew] Jaliens, [Josh] Mitchell and [Ruben] Zadkovich that were heading a lot of balls away and winning a lot of their one-on-ones with high balls so it made it difficult for us to really control the game.

“It was a game that went up and down and that-s really not what we like.”

Melbourne Heart will look to bounce back against the Wellington Phoenix this Sunday at AAMI Park. Kick-off at 4pm. Tickets can be purchased here.