While Kosta Barbarouses admits the Sky Blues’ Round 3 loss still hurts, the Kiwi isn’t fazed by the sole defeat this campaign as Sydney FC sit 13 points clear on top.
Heading into Saturday’s only home #Sydney Derby at Netstrata Jubilee Stadium (kick off 5pm AEDT), Barbarouses said he’ll be backing himself to score after having a goal controversially ruled out in their last encounter, stating he’s looking forward to his first cross-town clash at home.
“It still hurts a bit that we lost that game because I think we played great,”Barbarouses said.
“Overall it was a great experience, it’s at our home now so the atmosphere will be amazing, the fans are always fantastic, I’m really looking forward to our first home derby.
“I hadn’t scored at that stage yet, that one and the one the keeper saved, even if I don’t score as long as the team win and I’m contributing I’m happy.
“If you lose and you don’t score or one doesn’t go your way it hurts a bit.
“Since then though things are going great, it’s one of those things that happens in football we can’t discuss decisions that aren’t given. I think it would have changed the whole landscape as well.
“Heading isn’t a massive part of my game but if a similar chance presents itself I’ll back myself to put it away.
“I’ve grown in confidence since the season has gone here. Things are going really well and it’s just trying to push on from here.”
Barbarouses said he’s out to send the Sky Blues Members & fans home happy as he relishes the thought of a full Netstrata Jubilee Stadium for the clash, with tickets selling fast as matchday approaches.
“I can’t wait to see the Stadium fully packed, it’ll be amazing,” he said.
“We’ve had some great atmospheres this season already but I’m just imaging the hill full, the stands being full, it’s going to be amazing.
“There’s a huge football feel to the ground, we’ve built a bit of a fortress there at Kogarah and I think it’s going to be amazing.
“There’s a lot of satisfaction there when you win a Derby, more so knowing you’ve given the fans something to be happy about,” he continued.
“For us, as much as we love a Derby win, it’s a little part of our season that is very important but we’re looking at a bigger picture. Winning Derbies is massive for the club and giving the fans something to be happy about, they’re happy about it all week or month so it’s great.
“We’re in a good position now and we need to look at it as keeping the momentum going, three points in the Derby would be great for us in our charge to build that momentum and keep it going.”
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