Melbourne Heart manager John Aloisi believes the results will come soon enough after his side dominated the first half against Brisbane Roar before a second-half fade out saw them fall 3-0 at Suncorp Stadium on Sunday.
While the visitors succumbed to three goals in the final forty-five minutes to leave the Queensland capital empty-handed, Aloisi said he was pleased with the performance from his charges and that, had they taken their early chances, it would have been a different outcome.
“Look I was happy with the performance. I thought we took the game right to Brisbane especially in the first half,” Aloisi said in the post-match press conference. “We created a lot of good chances and we stopped them from playing. We made it hard for them.”
Heart spurned several gilt-edged opportunities, with Iain Ramsay and Maltese international Michael Mifsud both failing to draw a save from Roar shot-stopper Michael Theo on the back of one-on-one breakaways in the opening ten minutes.
Ramsay also struck the post in the second half as Heart attempted to mount a comeback following the opening goal from Roar’s Brazilian attacker Henrique.
“When you come to Brisbane and you create probably five one on ones, you think you’re going to get more out of it,” Aloisi explained.
“We hit the post after it went 1-0, and we had another one-on-one, so all-in-all if we perform like that more often than not we’ll win the game.”
Aloisi was eager to point out that Heart’s woeful away record, which has seen them without a point on the road from their past 16 games, was not affecting his squad’s confidence.
”If you look at the players we had out there today, we had six new players from last season. So they don’t even talk about the away factor,” the former Socceroo stated.
“And the way we performed didn’t look like we were too nervous about the away factor. Even at one-nil down we kept on trying.”
“So that’s not going to play on our mind – this is a new season, a fresh start. Out of the four games we’ve performed well in three, we’ve shown that we can compete with anyone.”
“We’ve got players to come back in still, and if we keep on performing like that the results will come.”
One player expected to make an impact upon his return is star recruit Harry Kewell, who missed his third straight game following a whiplash injury.
“He trained during the week, we just didn’t want to risk him and make sure he’s right because when he comes back he stays back in,” Aloisi explained.
“He’s an important player for us and his presence means a lot out there.”