Sydney FC’s captain Alex Wilkinson and Socceroos full back Rhyan Grant believe the Sky Blues could and should have won their first AFC Champions League 2022 match against Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors.
However the Sky Blues pairing were upbeat about the nature of the 0-0 draw with the Korean Champions, a game which Steve Corica’s men controlled for the large part.
“I’m a little bit disappointed with that result,” said skipper Wilkinson. “I think we had enough good chances to score at least one goal
“As a whole our team defended really well and I’m a little bit disappointed we couldn’t capitalize on the chances we had.
“But it’s only the first game so we’ve got another game really soon so we need to recover quickly and get the win in the next game.”
International Grant was equally as bullish about the side’s performance and expects it to be a good omen for the next five games.
“I thought we did quite well and had a lot of chances we could have taken and snatched the win, especially towards the end,” said Grant.
“In saying that we had to bunker in at times and they were coming at us the whole match so we had to be on our game.
“Overall I think a draw was probably a fair result but it would have been nice to jag one of those chances and get the win.”
Sydney FC will meet Vietnamese host club Hoang Anh Gia Lai on Tuesday night (9pm AEST) in front of a passionate home crowd.