If there hadn’t already been enough twists in the tale that is version four of the Hyundai A-League, another unexpected chapter was written on Sunday afternoon when Perth upset Sydney FC on home soil to further tighten the race for this year’s title.
If there hadn-t already been enough twists in the tale that is version four of the Hyundai A-League, another unexpected chapter was written on Sunday afternoon when Perth upset Sydney FC on home soil to further tighten the race for this year-s title.
The 4-1 defeat was a blow for the Sky Blues who would-ve climbed back into the top-four with a win over the Glory, but now they face a must-win meeting with the Melbourne Victory this Saturday and they-re determined to get their season back on track.
“Obviously a disappointing game last night but we-ve got a massive game against this week against Melbourne and things can turn around pretty quickly,” said Sydney skipper, Steve Corica after today-s training session at Bondi Beach. “We could-ve gone to 2nd spot if we won, so it might have been a whole different story if we did that but it-s not, and we-ve got to get on with it.”
It was a tough afternoon for Sydney striker, John Aloisi at the SFS on Sunday, but his captain believes he-ll respond in style.
“He-s a good professional and he-ll get on with it, and if he plays the next game hopefully he-ll score for us. He scored down there last time as well which was a crucial goal for us.”
“He will score goals, he-s done it before, and obviously he-s had a little bit of a bad patch but he-s the kind of player that will get through it.”
After sixteen rounds Sydney is sitting in 6th place on the ladder, but just two points out of the four, and with five matches remaining before the finals, the side is still confident of challenging for the championship.
Obviously we-ll take the top 4, I think top 2, they-ve got a couple of games in hand the other teams so that might be out of the question I think but obviously we can get in the top 4, then we can go on and win it from there.
Sydney isn-t the only side that-s struggling, with Melbourne facing the prospect of falling to its fourth-straight defeat when it hosts the Sky Blues, and the recent slide of both sides is sure to add to what was already a mouth-watering clash, this-Saturday at Telstra Dome.