Melbourne Heart have continued their incredible run and kept the Premiership race tight as they managed a 1-0 victory over Brisbane Roar at AAMI Park on Sunday afternoon.
The result is Heart’s fourth straight win, since sacking John Aloisi, leaving them undefeated since January 10th, while Brisbane Roar have seen their lead for the Premiers Plate cut to just four points.
Mike Mulvey wielded the axe following their shock loss to Newcastle with Dimitri Petratos, Diogo Ferreira and Steven Lustica left out, while Liam Miller, Matt McKay and Henrique all returned.
Melbourne Heart started the match well with Iain Ramsay and David Williams having chances, but both proved unable to beat the keeper with Mate Dugandzic providing solid service.
Brisbane looked a shadow of their usual selves as they struggled to maintain possession and mount any notable attacks on the Heart back line.
The best chance for Brisbane Roar came from a set-piece when Luke Brattan hit a free kick that looked be dipping down, but was easily dealt with by Andrew Redmayne.
Both sides really struggled to have many clear cut chances, and so the half ended scoreless with both sides needing improvement after the break.
That improvement took its time in coming with both sides struggling to create any real chances in the opening stages of the second half.
On the hour mark Melbourne Heart broke through when Dugandzic nutmegged Luke Brattan and crossed to the far post for Orlando Engelaar who headed home the goal.
Shortly afterward an indirect free-kick in the box was awarded after obstruction from Besart Berisha which lead to a solid penalty shout as Dugandzic was taken out by Michael Theo but the referee was stoic to the cries.
Several corners came, to help Melbourne Heart continue to dominate and they really should have put the match to bed but failed to take the opportunities that presented.
In injury time Brisbane Roar nearly stole the draw as Berisha made a run on goal but were denied by a great saving challenge from Kisnorbo to save the 1-0 win.