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Dec 22, 2012

Heart urged to look at Wanderers

Melbourne Heart coach John Aloisi wants his A-League players to follow Western Sydney Wanderers' example, saying if they believe they can score regularly, they eventually will.

The Heart left AAMI Park on Saturday night frustrated and distraught after being the better side against Melbourne Victory, but losing 2-1 to an injury-time Archie Thompson goal.

Despite the Heart having several gilt-edged chances in the opening 45 minutes, they were unable to take advantage, and then went a goal down midway through the second half.

But a superb headed equaliser from Fred eight minutes from time appeared to give the Heart at least a point, and they looked more likely to net a winner until Thompson swooped deep in stoppage time.

Yet Aloisi remains confident his team will put it together if they keep playing like they did against the Victory.

He used the example of the Wanderers, who had only scored eight goals in 11 games before the floodgates opened with a 6-1 thumping of second-placed Adelaide United last Friday night.

"We're actually not too bad, but we're not winning the games we should win - that's been the story of our season so far," Aloisi said.

"It's not like we're not working on finishing in training. We keep on making sure the players believe - keep on making those opportunities and they will go in.

"We just need to make sure the players keep their confidence.

"Look at Western Sydney. They created a lot of opportunities in the past games, but they kept on believing those opportunities would go in.

"It's going to happen for us."

Now eighth, the Heart next play Wellington Phoenix away on Thursday in a crucial match to re-ignite their finals hopes.

But they will be without centre-backs Simon Colosimo and Patrick Gerhardt.

Both received yellow cards against the Victory to exceed their limit, and earn automatic one-match bans.

Aloisi flagged youngster David Vrankovic and Irishman Steven Gray, who is yet to make his A-League debut for the Heart, as their likely replacements.

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