Aloisi's Men Need To Show Some Heart

Image courtesy of news.com.au/Michael Klein/Herald Sun
John Aloisi's Heart team is struggling. Image courtesy of news.com.au/Michael Klein/Herald Sun
The Newcastle Jets are flying high after stealing a win from heavyweight Brisbane Roar in horrible conditions last round and will be keen to take advantage of Melbourne Heart this week while it is down and out. The rudderless Heart side is desperate to produce a respectable performance for its fans, however, their winless start to the season this far suggests that they will struggle. It must be painful for one of Australia’s talented front men of years gone by, John Aloisi, to see his team net just two goals in its opening six games. In five out of six games this campaign Heart has been held scoreless .

To make matters worse, their squad continues to be devastated by injury, missing seven players out of their senior squad (Orlando Engelaar, Jonatan Germano, Jason Hoffman, Harry Kewell, Patrick Kisnorbo and Dylan Macallister). Newcastle is in a much better place, only without the services of Mitch Cooper.

The Jets’ highly-rated Adam Taggart is on fire with three goals in two matches, including a brace against the Roar, both of which were opportunistic scores. Last week’s win was a turning point for the Jets, being the first time in the club’s history that they have come back to win after being down at half-time. It took until their fifth game of the season to record a victory, but the Jets have now won two straight and sit in third spot on the table.

Newcastle & Heart have played nine games in the A-League, with Melbourne managing three wins and two draws. Their last meeting ended in 2-0 loss for Aloisi’s men, in a match where they managed to get just one shot out of 11 on target. If they repeat that performance, it will certainly add another nail in the coffin of Aloisi’s coaching tenure at the Heart. You can’t expect much from a team which hasn’t won interstate in almost two years.

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