Confidence is growing: Van ‘t Schip

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After securing the clubs first victory outside of Victoria in two years interim Coach John van ‘t Schip feels the confidence is “growing”.

“(Players) feel good. It was a difficult game. The circumstances, the trip and the opponent was tough given the history,” Van ‘t Schip said.

“But the confidence is growing and growing, we are getting stronger as a team.”

Amidst the Melbourne sides efforts in Albury in near 40 degree heat and with a trip to Wellington, Heart boss Van ‘t Ship hasn’t felt the need to change much of the teams physical preparation.

“Not really, we still try to do the same thing, it’s still a good week of preparation,” the former Dutch international said.

“We’re not playing two days later, like in Europe with Champions League and the Europa League.

“We still have six days of preparation.”

In the lead up to Heart’s next away fixture, their lengthy drought without an away win looms large, however, Van ‘t Schip’s approach isn’t focused on the hoodoo, but rather the team’s game and progression.

“The most important thing for us, and I’m telling again and again, is improving our game,” he said.

“If we do that all those things there will be a consequence and we’ll have an away win somewhere on the road.

“I’m not focused on ‘we have to have this first away win’.”

“Of course if we can win we’ll grab it but again its about working on our game plan and how we want to improve our way of playing.”

Wellington are among the form teams of the A-League with nine points in their last twelve, and Heart are weary of the challenge ahead of them.

“Wellington’s a team in form playing good football, they have an experienced coach and some good players with Hernandez giving the team that little bit extra,” he said.

“We have to prepare ourselves well for them.”

But Wellington aren’t the only in form side, as the Melbourne side have acquired ten points in the last twelve, and are experiencing a second wind under the stewardship of the Dutchman.

“I think we changed some things, some players and we got some players back, we play a little bit different,” he said.

“All those things together could be the consequence of having better results now.”

 But the interim Heart boss isn’t getting carried away with recent results with eleven rounds remaining.

“It’s only six games, we have to be sharp till the end,” he said.

“We’ll have some difficult moments for sure in the coming weeks, all the teams are equal.

“And before I came the boys were on top and close but were not having the luck.”

Ahmed Yussuf

ahmed mag pic Ahmed is a Melbourne-based writer, and one of the founders of Football Central. He's written in football culture magazine Thin White Line and others, and along with writing puff pieces, he hosts and produces podcasts in association with Football Central.  You can follow him on Twitter: @ahmedyussuf10

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