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Aloisi buoyed by Melbourne Heart improvement

Melbourne Heart striker John Aloisi is buoyed by the improvement shown by the fledgling A-League club in the first half of their debut season.

The Heart currently sit fifth on the table with 20 points after 14 matches and Aloisi can see them picking up plenty more points along the way as they continue to develop.

"There's been a great deal of improvement," Aloisi said.

"We're really starting to gel as a team and we're starting to play the way the coach wants us to play and I think you saw that in the first half (against Brisbane Roar).

"I think that was some of the best football that's been played, not only by us but by any team in the league so far, and it was against the best team.

"We were very happy with the first half as a team and a little bit disappointed with the second half, but if we can take the first half into the game against Adelaide (tonight) I'm sure we'll do well."

Aloisi admitted sitting in the top half of the table at the halfway point of the season was a positive and confirmed that the club were determined to move forward and qualify for the finals in just their first season.

"Fifth place at the moment, we'll take that, considering we had a slow start," he added.

"But now that we're starting to gel and starting to play some good football we want to start challenging a bit higher.

"We want to make the finals. There's still a long way to go, but if we can make the finals and still be improving then I think we'll be dangerous."

Andrew Slevison
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