Melbourne Heart stand in skipper Robbie Wielaert says his side has no fear ahead of their tough trip to Parramatta to take on the Western Sydney Wanderers on Saturday afternoon.
The Dutchman was impressed by the team’s fight back against Adelaide United last weekend and was disappointed not to take all 3 points at the end.
Wielaert insists that there is no team in the A-League that his side cannot overcome.
“I think we can win against every opponent in this league but we still have to improve a lot,” he said after Thursday’s training session.
“And that is the most positive thing about this season so far, that we can improve a lot. I think we can get a result in this away game.”
Last time these two teams faced off Melbourne Heart were very unlucky not to come away with something from the match.
The Wanderers scored an early goal which led to them taking control of the game and made it difficult for Heart’s attack to break down the strong Wanderers’ defence.
“It’s important that we don’t concede on the counter because they’re waiting on the counter and we have to make sure that the defence is okay because with our strikers, we’re going to score almost every game I think,” he said.
“Every game we’ve created 6 big chances and they will go in eventually.”
The former Ajax defender and FC Twente captain said that the players have been feeling the pressure in recent weeks to perform not only for the team but also for their coach, John Aloisi.
“He depends on us. We have to do it on the field.
“Everyone’s been feeling as if we’re doing the right things but the results weren’t there. You feel hard for the coach but you just keep working hard and hope that it will turn around.”
Wielaert pulled away from blaming the strikers because they were not getting the goals.
“If the strikers don’t score, it’s not always the striker’s fault, and if you get goals against you, it’s not always the defenders,” he said.
“It’s a team sport and we have to defend with the whole team and attack with the whole team.”
Melbourne Heart’s poor away record will be stretching out to almost 2 years since an away win if they can’t get the points this Saturday afternoon.
Western Sydney are one of the competitions inform teams regardless of a couple slip ups. They very rarely change their tactics which will be very hard for the Heart to break down.
Shinji Ono may still remain sidelined for this week’s match, but the Heart team know that Western Sydney’s strengths go way beyond their Marquee Man.
The return of experienced Harry Kewell will definitely be a boost for the Heart team and he will bring that much needed confidence and experience.
“We want a really fit Harry, and he’ll be important for us,” said Wielaert.
“We think we can turn this around.”