Melbourne Heart attacking midfielder Iain Ramsay said the players and coaching staff are still sticking together and confident their season will turn around after a horror start.
The Heart sit bottom of the table after 7 matches and are yet to claim a win this season as the pressure rises on John Aloisi.
Preparing to take on his former club Adelaide United on Sunday afternoon, Ramsay said the players are playing for one another and also their under-pressure coach.
“Yeah definitely got mates in the team (Adelaide) still but when it comes to game day that changes.
“They’ve improved a lot and are a good passing team. It will be a competitive match but we’re hoping to turn things around and everyone’s positive so see what happens.”
When asked about the under fire coach and how crucial it is they get a result, he confirmed it is something that has played on their minds.
“Most definitely, we’re definitely playing for the coaching staff,” Ramsay said after Thursday morning’s training session.
“Not only for them, for each other as well. There’s a lot of positives to take away from the matches we’ve played, there’s been a couple of games where we haven’t played as well as we should have. But we’re very positive.”
Ramsay said the playing squad’s obligation was to try and give the fans something they have been missing out on.
“You want your fans to be happy, and the only way you make them happy is get results,” he said.
“And most importantly, we want to do it for each other as well, and for the coaching staff.
“At the end of the day, we’re the players that go out there. They (the coaching staff) can only do so much with the tactics but we’ve got to get the results.
“It’s been a tough time, but we’re sticking together which is the main thing, which is a really positive thing, and some good signs are for this weekend to turn things around.”
Ramsay said that coach John Aloisi was not taking their disappointing start to the season lightly.
“He’s just like every one of us in the squad. He hates losing, and we’re positive and we’re sticking together.
“It hasn’t been the best start but we do have a lot of depth in the squad. We believe in each other and against Adelaide we are gonna have to turn it around.
“We know it’s a tough time right now, it’s been seven, eight games coming up now, we’re going to turn it around sooner or later.”
Ramsay added that injured Marquee man Harry Kewell is still important to the team even though he hasn’t made an appearance since round one.
“It’s great to have someone like Harry Kewell around the club.
“ He has a wealth of experience and you can’t buy that. Whether he plays or not it’s still good to have him around.
“It hasn’t been the best start, but I’m sure once he’s back on the park, he’ll help us that much more.”
Melbourne Heart takes on fellow strugglers Adelaide United at AAMI Park on Sunday with kick off at 5pm.