Sydney FC Captain Alex Wilkinson has apologized to the Sky Blues’ Members and fans and admitted they “deserve better” following Saturday’s Sydney Derby loss to Western Sydney Wanderers.
Wilkinson described the defeat as “devastating” and has pledged that Sydney FC’s players will do everything in their power to end the season on a high.
“We know how disappointed our Members will be feeling right now, it’s never a great feeling to lose or to lose a Derby, but to do it in that manner is devastating,” he said.
“They deserve better, much, much better.
“As players we know we’ve let them down and offer no excuses, we just need to give everything in the next few weeks to put it right.
“There are five crucial games coming up and we need to perform to ensure we make Finals Series.
“We have the players in this squad who are good enough to do that, and once we are there then we’ll have as good a chance as anyone of winning another title.
“However, we need our Members and fans to stick with us to achieve that and as a playing group we’ll give it our all.”
Wilkinson pinpointed the next home game against Western United on Saturday 1st April as being a key juncture.
“This is a massive game for our season. A win puts us five points ahead of them with four games to play,” he said.
“We’ve also got four of our remaining five games against teams below us who are fighting to get into the top six.
“We need to treat each one like a Finals game in its own right and if we can do that it will stand us in good stead when we get there.
“I’d like nothing better than to reward our Members with this title after how well they’ve stuck by us over the past year.”
Sydney FC’s Robert Mak’s form for the Sky Blues has seen him rewarded with a recall to the Slovakian national squad for Euro 2024 qualifiers against Luxembourg (24th March) and Bosnia and Herzegovina (27th March), while goalkeeper Andrew Redmayne has joined up with the Socceroos ahead of their friendlies against Ecuador.