Melbourne Heart goes into the derby without a league win since round 22 (February 24th) last season.
With many thinking things might’ve changed this season with the inclusions of star players such as Harry Kewell, it hasn’t gone to plan.
Most would have reached for the panic button following the poor start Melbourne Heart have had this season, but signing Michael Mifsud still has hope in the players as they go into the Melbourne Derby on Saturday night.
Malta’s all-time leading goal scorer has had his fair share of criticism this season with his lack off accuracy and contribution in front of goal until he grabbed one against Sydney FC on the weekend.
Captain of the Maltese national side, Mifsud still thinks his side has a lot to prove even though they are without a win this season.
“Personally, I’m happy that I got the goal,” he said.
“But this is not about me. It is about the team and about the club.
“We’re all disappointed that we didn’t get a win or at least a point (against Sydney) because I thought we deserved it, but that’s the past and now we’re focused on our next game. It’s a good game to turn things around.”
Stats show the Heart are bottom of the table but with encouraging results away against Western Sydney Wanderers and a classic 3-3 draw against Adelaide United before the loss to Sydney may light the spark going into the derby.
Melbourne Heart always come out firing in the derby and this may be encouraging for its players and mostly fans.
Mifsud’s confident about Heart going into the derby and refuses to throw in the towel.
“I still believe that we can achieve something,” Mifsud said.
“We’ve shown that we’re a good side. We’ve played away from home and outplayed the teams, but we just didn’t get the right result.
“Everyone can see that we’re playing good football. We’re just waiting for the result.”
John Aloisi’s men have improved in the second period of games which hasn’t gone unnoticed by Mifsud.
“In the games coming up, we need to start from the first whistle.
“Not just in the second half, so hopefully we’re going to work on that.
“It’s a great stage to turn things around, but it’s a bit extra important because it’s a derby.”
Pressure is rising on both players and especially coach John Aloisi as during the week the board refused to guarantee that his job was safe.
“We’re all in this together and as a club,” he said.
“Not as individuals so everybody believes that we can get something and trying to do our best.”
John Aloisi’s men have a lot to prove in the competition, and show they aren’t as bad as the table reads.
This could be the last throw of the dice for Aloisi and if a victory doesn’t come against cross down rivals Victory, come Monday he may not be in the hot seat anymore.
“Johnny in my opinion is a very good manager. It’s not his fault that we’re not winning our games . It’s just a matter of us performing on the pitch,” the Heart attacker said.
If the Victory don’t capitalise on there chances, Aloisi’s side can capitalise with the amount of threat they have going forward.
With as much at stake, this may prove to be a more entertaining affair than when the two teams last faced in round 1 which ended in a dull 0-0 draw.