Fresh from his brace against the Glory on Friday night, Sydney FC captain Alex Brosque has stressed that the squad will have to be at the top of their game to overcome the Newcastle Jets this week.
The Sky Blues take on the Jets on Friday night at Hunter Stadium (kick off 7:45pm) and after a positive weekend of results in the League, Brosque said that as long as the Sky Blues stick to the targets set out by Head Coach Graham Arnold then accolades will follow.
“It was a perfect weekend for us really,” Brosque said.
“Arnie said it post match last week when everything but the goals went for us and we didn’t get the result that football is that way, it’s a funny game.
“To think that the other top three teams would lose or draw this weekend we probably wouldn’t have imagined that.
“We need to just carry on what we’re doing,” he continued.
“Arnie set us some targets to be the best Sydney FC team ever, through points and goals scored and clean sheets, so if we just worry about that then I’m sure it’ll work out.
“I think we’re going to have to be a lot better than the last time we played them up there, we scraped away with the 1-0 win.
“In the end we were happy taking the three points, but the way Newcastle are playing at the moment it’s going to be a very tough game. They beat Melbourne, in Melbourne which not many teams have done this year, and they’re going to be full of confidence.”
With a home semi-final looming, Brosque said that the Jets position on the ladder can’t be taken into consideration, following a tense nil all draw and a tight one nil victory in the two sides previous encounters this season.
“We definitely can’t look at where they’re sitting on the table,” Brosque said.
“To be fair, them having beaten Melbourne is the best thing that could have happened for us. It shows us that on any given day anyone can beat anyone.
“It’ll definitely send a message out to our boys that we need to be on the top of our game and we can’t just rock up and expect to take the points because of where we sit on the table and our away form.
“It’s what we work for [to have a home semi],” he continued.
“It was one of our goals at the start of the season to finish as high up as we can. We’re excited and hopefully it does come through.”
Sydney FC take on the Newcastle Jets in Harvey Norman Friday Night Football at Hunter Stadium (kick off 7:45pm). Follow @SydneyFC on Twitter for live updates or catch the game on SBS ONE and Fox Sports 4.
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