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Tadic bullish on finals hopes

4 January 2013 08:22

Josip Tadic has been impressed by the standard of the A-League in his debut season and still believes Melbourne Heart can make the finals.

John Aloisi's men have struggled for consistency this season, sitting ninth, but are just two points adrift of sixth-placed Brisbane Roar.

Tadic, 25, has netted four times this campaign after a slow start and said the evenness of the A-League made it different to competitions across Europe.

"It's good (the level). It's difficult - a lot of running. It's not easy to play and every weekend you have a hard game," Tadic said on Friday.

"It's not like some places in Europe where you have five good teams and then every two weeks you play against a small team and you can say it's an easy game.

"Every weekend here it's a hard game.

"We have still a lot of chance to get in the finals. There is not such a big difference in points so if you get good results. We can make it."

Temperatures in Melbourne soared above 40 degrees on Friday, and are expected to reach a high of 28 on Sunday when the Heart face the Brisbane Roar at AAMI Park.

Tadic said he needed time to adapt to the hot conditions, having become used to playing in the European winter.

"It's hot a lot. It's hot more than in Europe, so I need to get used to it," Tadic said.

"We feel good. We had a day off yesterday so we pulled up good and today we had an easy session. We're preparing and we'll be fresh for the game.

"It's the first time that I've come here and it's hot like this."

Tadic was full of praise for team-mate Golgol Mebrahtu, who has netted three goals in five matches in his first season with the Heart.

"It is easy to play when you have good players near to you," he said.

"Golgol is a great player and is still young and has a lot of time (to improve further)."

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Stefanutto eager for redemption

4 January 2013 05:09

Brisbane Roar full-back Shane Stefanutto says he and his team-mates are looking forward to redeeming themselves against Melbourne Heart.

Brisbane went down 4-1 to the Heart on November 9, but the confidence that comes with back-to-back victories will count in favour of the Roar this time around, according to Stefanutto.

"It was probably one of our worst performances of the season," Stefanutto told reporters after training on Friday morning.

"They're a dangerous team if you let them get on a roll like that, so we've got to be on our game, that's for sure.

"Obviously at the time it did sting. It was disappointing to concede that many goals, it was disappointing the way we played that day.

"We've got a chance now to redeem ourselves and we're looking forward to the game."

Stefanutto described the atmosphere around the squad as buoyant after wins against Adelaide United and Wellington Phoenix in the past two rounds, a factor which he said would stand the side in good stead for the Heart clash.

"It's nice. The boys are chatty. Not as sore after the games, everything's beautiful," Stefanutto said.

"We've let ourselves down with our consistency over this season and we know that.

"We did enough to win again and that was what we had to do. That was the main thing, so true credit to the boys for that.

"We're human and when we do well and we win we have confidence. It's the way it always is.

"Now after two wins we're up a bit, we're bouncing around, so that's always good."

A-League table

# Team MP D P
1 27 +20 57
2 27 +26 54
3 27 +3 44
4 27 +1 41
5 27 +4 35
6 27 -2 32
7 27 -10 32
8 27 -15 31
9 27 -9 27
10 27 -18 27