Max Burgess started his first match under Ufuk Talay on Friday night against Newcastle Jets and that performance proved to be a very decisive one.
Having spent a prolonged period off the pitch due to injury, Burgess was in from the start and rewarded his manager’s faith with two goals and an assist in a 4-0 victory over the Novocastrians.
Post game, he took the time to thank the Sydney FC medical team for their hard work in getting him back to where he needs to be.
“It’s been a really tough start to the season personally with some groin stuff and my hammy tendon.
“But I must say that the medical team has done an unbelievable job with me over the last eight weeks, they’ve been brilliant,” he added.
“We’ve been really tested this season with injuries and suspensions and that sorta thing and to get a clean sheet is big for us.
“Championships are built on defence and we take risks as you can see but it is great to get one at home tonight.”
Next up for Burgess and his side, they make the trip down to Melbourne for the latest instalment of the Australia Day Big Blue clash.
Last season in that fixture, the creative midfielder found the net in a 2-1 victory for the Sky Blues as they began to go on a bit of a run at the back end of the season.
Now, having recorded their fourth win in the last five matches, Sydney FC are beginning to move up the table and are looking to put in a run this time around.
“Big Blues are special to be a part of, especially down there.
“Hopefully we have a bit of confidence after this week with our fourth win in five games, so we will build on that and we’ll rip in.”
Sydney FC will spend the week on the training park following another impressive showing at home and take on Melbourne Victory in their first of a three week road-trip.