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COMMENT: Don't stress just yet Melbourne Heart fans

Melbourne Heart fans do not need to stress just yet after their side lost for the second time in three matches on Friday night.

The new A-League club currently sit at the bottom of the table after Round 3 with just one point on the board which came about from a freak own goal against the Newcastle Jets in week two.

But despite the results and the ladder position, the Heart are slowly building themselves up for the remainder of the 30-match season.

There is no real rush to perform at the top level at this stage of the campaign with the table not expected to really take shape for a number of weeks and history says that a slow start is not always a bad thing.

Last season, new club North Queensland Fury dropped their opening three games but rallied to go undefeated for the next month and it was only some poor results in the mid-stages and end of the season that denied them finals action.

Melbourne Victory, who were beaten in the Grand Final last term, lost two of their first four before finding their feet and getting more positive results on their way to another finals campaign so it's not all doom and gloom for the A-League's 11th club.

Their showing against Adelaide United on Friday night was much-improved with head coach John van 't Schip's attacking game plan coming to fruition in the 3-2 loss. It was the first time the Heart looked threatening in the final third and the goals from Rutger Worm and Eli Babalj were both well-crafted from the flanks and executed sublimely with the help of Dean Heffernan and Matt Thompson.

Once the players gel together more and create a better understanding within the group, then things will improve for the red and whites and the impending return of players such as John Aloisi and Josip Skoko can only be positive.

This Sunday's home clash against top of the table Perth Glory brings about a great opportunity for the Heart and a forward showing in front of fans at AAMI Park may really help set up a memorable season.

Andrew Slevison
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