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With luck seeming on their side a tough test against league leaders, Brisbane Roar,  awaits Melbourne Heart at AAMI Park.

Interim boss John van ‘t Schip is wary of the side from Brisbane, but is intent on Heart playing their “own game” against the former two-time champions.

“(Brisbane Roar) have the best playing time in the league and make it difficult for any opponent  when they have the ball.

“So we have to be concentrated, play are own game  and keep the momentum going,” Van ‘t Schip said.

The former Ajax man is adamant on not getting complacent after recent results, especially when facing a side as strong as Brisbane.

“Every game is different. We have to be concentrated start all over again, you’re only as good as your last game.

“If you start bad against Brisbane and play a poor game it has consequences for the next game.

“You have to be very careful starting to dream, because that’s not the case we are still bottom of the table and have a long way to get even close to playoffs.

“We have to keep our feet on the ground.”

Marquee man Orlando Engelaar believes the playing group have taken confidence from recent results, as “not many teams winning away in Wellington” the former Dutch international said.

When asked about the spectacular chnage in fortune, Engelaar credits the turnaround partly down to the unpredictable nature of football.

“That’s football, everyday can be different. It’s just a matter of trying to stay confident and you always know things can turn around in football.

“Luckily that’s what happened.”

Van ‘t Schip has played down the return of marquee man, Orlando Engelaar, to the side and believes he’s only truly impacted last week’s win against Wellington.

“Let’s take everything away from making a player bigger than he is, (Orlando’s) already quite big.

“I know Orlando is a very good player, and actually Sunday was his first performance we can really say he helped the team.

“(Orlando) still has a lot to show to the people in Australia and to our team. He’s getting fitter and game fit every week, hopefully we can see more of his qualities in the coming weeks.”

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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