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Melbourne lacking Heart

05 Dec 2013

By Robert Bremner


Melbourne Heart and Melbourne Victory’s seasons are heading in opposite directions with the winless Heart playing for pride while Victory are looking for their first title in five seasons Melbourne Heart have struggled to find form in the early stages of the 2013 A League season.

They currently find themselves at the bottom of the ladder and have not won a game this year, with only two draws and five losses to their name.

The club recently rejected repeated offers from a Chinese businessman to take control of the organisation for a reported $9 million.  The news is only getting worse for the struggling club with coach John Aloisi under mounting pressure with the club’s performances being labelled lacklustre and causing both disappointment and anger amongst fans.

The club is currently on a five game losing streak and recent performances don’t show any signs of turning this around. One silver lining is the imminent return of injured captain Harry Kewell. Kewell has been injured most of the season and perhaps his on field leadership is what the club is needing most right now.

Meanwhile, after a slow start Melbourne Victory’s season is beginning to pick up. The season began with draws against rivals Melbourne Heart and Adelaide United before coach Ange Postecoglou left the club to take up the vacancy of the Socceroos coaching position.

In his final match as coach his team sent him off in style, upsetting current ladder leaders Brisbane Roar 1-0. Victory were unlucky the lose the points in a 3-2 loss to Sydney and were gallant against the Wanderers.

Melbourne got themselves back on the winners list last week against Adelaide in a bizarre contest that saw them come away with a 3-0 win, yet lose most of the important statistics and all with only a 10 man side after Adrian Leijer was sent off just before the half time break.

The coming weeks will help shape Victory’s season as they attempt to make another finals appearance.  Games against defending champions Central Coast (away) and Newcastle (home) will be important for Victory.  While Heart faces assignments against Adelaide United and last year’s runners up Western Sydney and will hopefully place a win on the board.

The next few weeks may either make or break Aloisi’s future as coach of the club.

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