Heart see off leaders Roar
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Melbourne Heart provided the biggest indication yet that they are capable of forcing their way into the A-League finals by beating leaders Brisbane Roar 1-0 at AAMI Park on Sunday.

Unable to win a game and proving to be cannon fodder for every other team in the competition during the first three months of the campaign, Heart have been transformed since John van 't Schip took over from the sacked John Aloisi at the end of December.

Unbeaten since 10 January, the narrow victory over the Roar - courtesy of Orlando Engelaar's strike in the 61st minute - was their fourth straight win and left them six points outside the finals places with eight rounds of the regular season remaining.

The Roar, meanwhile, are now just four points ahead of the second-placed Western Sydney Wanderers, with what appeared to be a tight grip on the Premier's Plate loosening after suffering consecutive defeats for the first time in 2013-14.