A RESURGENT Melbourne Heart will travel to the Border this weekend in search of redemption.
Less than a month ago Perth Glory handed the fledgling franchise an unwanted piece of history — a 3-0 belting making it a record equalling 19 matches without a win in the A-League for Heart.
But the red and whites have now taken seven points from the past three matches, including a 2-1 win against Sydney with just 10 men on Friday night.
Heart chief executive Scott Munn said the club was on the rise.
“We certainly feel like we are headed in the right direction,” he said.
“The place is buzzing.
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“David Williams’ goal on Friday night that delivered the win was an outstanding individual effort, while Jonatan Germano in his first full start for the season was outstanding and a deserved man of the match.
“Harry Kewell played out the 90 minutes and even after just four full games is high on the table for the Alex Tobin medal.”
While Kewell is expected to play this weekend, there is a question mark over Glory’s marquee signing William Gallas.
The former Arsenal captain was subbed off in the Glory’s 1-1 draw with Melbourne Victory in a game that included a wonder strike from outside the box by newly-signed Lithuanian striker Darvydus Sernas.
The forecast for Sunday is 37 degrees but Munn said the expected heat wouldn’t be an issue.
“We played in 32 degrees in Perth, 34 a couple of weeks ago so we know what to expect,” he said.
“We will head to the Border on Saturday and have a closed training session at about 3pm in the afternoon.”
Munn is confident the Heart will have a strong home crowd advantage at the Lavington Sportsground.
“We’ve been to the Border before and have worked with the council on getting a home and away game there for the best part of two years,” he said.
“We would hope that football lovers and sports fans in general will take the opportunity to come to a game that includes past and present Socceroos as well as a number of foreign internationals.”
Sunday’s A-League game starts at 3pm at the Lavington Sportsground.