Sport Football Sydney FC down struggling Heart 2-0

Sydney FC down struggling Heart 2-0

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Sydney FC surged to third on the A-League table after a 2-0 win over a poor Melbourne Heart at AAMI Park.

The result heaps pressure on Heart boss John Aloisi, whose side remain bottom of the table and without a win since February.

For the second straight week, the hosts went behind in the 27th minute, and never looked likely to recover as the Sky Blues kept a clean sheet away from home for the first time in 22 games.

The opener came after chief tormentor Joel Chianese was brought down in the box by Rob Wielaert and referee Alan Milliner wasted no time in pointing to the spot.

Alessandro Del Piero made Heart pay the penalty, sending Andrew Redmayne the wrong way.

Chianese added his name on the scoresheet just before halftime when he ghosted into the penalty area and tapped home Ali Abbas’ low cross at the back post.

The Heart players were booed off by their fans at the break, but it could have been so different with Michael Mifsud wasting a glorious chance to break Heart’s long goal drought after 14 minutes.

Played onside by Brett Emerton, Mifsud had just Vedran Janjetovic to beat, but he blasted his effort straight at the advancing goalkeeper.

But from that point in the game the Heart were subjected to attack after attack, with Redmayne making smart saves to deny Chianese and Nicky Carle, while Del Piero and Chris Naumoff also went close.

Sydney continued to dominate after the break and a second successive victory never looked in doubt as the Heart struggled to mount any decent attack.

Chianese missed a sitter from five metres out on the hour mark, while Aziz Behich got away with a clear handball in the area while trying to control a high ball.