Heart v Visitors
espite the Heart’s season stalling after an incredible run of seven wins in eight games,the team and John van ‘t Schip still have many positives to take into today’s derby.
Heart keeper Clint Bolton, who recently moved into second place for all-time nationalleague appearances, is in career-best form, and wing-backs Behich and Marrone haverevelled in their mideld roles under JVS’ 3-4-3 formation, pushing forward to shoot andsupport the strikers. A demanding schedule, injuries to Fred, Srhoj and Germano, and Madaschi’s departureto Korea have given youngsters Sarkies, Hoffman and Williams the opportunity to establishthemselves in the starting line-up, and all three have impressed despite the dip in results.Credit must lie with coach JVS, who persisted with the Heart’s attacking formations, andhis faith in the players nearly paid off with an outstanding performance against the leagueleaders Central Coast before a late goal robbed the team of a deserved victory. This wasfollowed up with another quality performance against defending champions Brisbane Roar.Bolton, four time NSL/A-league winner, recently felt that Heart was losing intensity andletting opposition players have “a sniff that you’re letting up on them”. Victory in particular needs no more than a sniff of weakness to take the initiative on derbyday. Armed with new coach Jim Magilton who claims to play an attractive brand of passingfootball, navy-blue supporters demand revenge after feeling like the turkey over Christmas.While Heart can play well and lose, Victory can play very badly and win.
So just who is Jim Magilton?
Born in Belfast, Northern Ireland, Magilton was known as a talented midelder whospent over 15 years and played 580 games in the English football leagues, most notablyalongside English international Matt LeTissier at Southampton in the Premier League from1994-97. A natural box-to-box ball fetcher and carrier, he also made 52 appearances forNorthern Ireland and scored ve goals.His rst managerial role was at Ipswich Town, a club he played for from 1999-2006. Helifted the Tractor Boys to eighth position in his second season, narrowly missing the 2008play-offs for the Premier League. The following season he was sacked, but was quicklypicked up by Queens Park Rangers. He left that position within six months after reportedlyhead-butting a player in a dressing room. After treading water as assistant manager at Ireland’s Shamrock Rovers, he was signedas Victory caretaker coach for the remainder of this season.He has shown passion for the Victory cause by celebrating their goals like a fan, and hishalf-time thrashing of the players in Perth shows his determination for the team to improve.
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Fri 8 Oct 2010Heart 2-1 Victory
Aloisi 10, Terra 56; Kruse 37
AAMI Park. Att: 25,897Wed 3 Nov 2010Heart 1-3 Victory
Sibon 10; Kruse 12, 28, Srhoj og 54
AAMI Park. Att: 23,059Sat 22 Jan 2011Heart 2-2 Victory
Aloisi 10, Terra 56; Kruse 37, Srhoj
Etihad Stadium. Att: 32,231Sat 22 Oct 2011Heart 0-0 VictoryEtihad Stadium. Att: 39,309Fri 23 Dec 2011Heart 3-2 Victory
M Thompson 37, 39; A Thompson 21, Hernandez 90
AAMI Park. Att: 26,579
Sleeping with the enemy
I was intrigued by the ‘Change of Heart’ photosof Melbourne Visitors fans attending Heartgames in the last issue of Schip Happens!. Atthe last three home games v Perth, CCM andBrisbane, I have noticed Visitors fans sittingwith the away fans. How puzzling to see themcelebrating when the away team scored. Dothey not realise that they are actually celebratingteams moving above their team on the ladder?It would be like Liverpool fans sitting with ManUtd supporters in the away end at Man Cityand celebrating a United goal against the blues.Unbelievable.Jason
Best not to think too much Jase – God knowsthey don’t. Ed
Fanzine a hit
Was at the last derby and picked up a copy of Schip Happens! First time I’ve seen it (althoughI attend every game as a foundation member)- perhaps you got distribution better organisedthis time. Great job, really good read ... funnyand plenty of info. Keep it coming.Jeff Fisher
Thanks Jeff, we aim to please. Now get those articles coming in to us. Ed.
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