Draw a Job Saver for Under-Fire Aloisi

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Melbourne Heart boss John Aloisi appears safe for another week, following Sunday’s 3-3 draw with Adelaide United at AAMI Park.

Aloisi’s coaching career looked at its lowest ebb at half time, with Adelaide 2-0 up. But Andrea Migliorini inspired the home team to come back and take an inspired 3-2 lead before conceding the equaliser.

Post match Aloisi was calm but unhappy not to have taken all three points after David Williams’ penalty with some 20 minutes to go had put them 3-2 up.

”Of course we’re disappointed, we wanted to win. But I loved the reaction of my players. As a club – as a group – we are sticking together, everyone is working to get through this,” Aloisi said.

”This” being Heart’s nightmare start to the season. Prior to Sunday, they had scored three goals in seven games, a total they equalled in 45 minutes on Sunday afternoon.

Although this was only a draw and they remain winless and at the foot of the table with just three points out of a possible 24, it will have felt like a victory for the red and whites.

The defence continues to be an issue for Aloisi, who continue to leak goals and the continued absence of skipper Harry Kewell, makes many wonder whether the club’s marquee signing was worth any of the hype the experienced Socceroo has brought with him.

With away clashes against the Western Sydney Wanderers and Sydney FC to come, the challenges continue to build for Aloisi and his men.

Justin Cooper

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