Sydney FC defender Seb Ryall says it doesn’t get better than a 5-0 win over the Melbourne Victory after an emphatic performance on Sunday afternoon.
Sydney FC defender Seb Ryall says it doesn-t get better than a 5-0 win over the Melbourne Victory after an emphatic performance on Sunday afternoon.
The Sky Blues handed the Victory a record home defeat courtesy of a brace from Alessandro Del Piero and a goal each to Ranko Despotovic and Nick Carle as well as Seb Ryall, who felt the Sky Blues were always capable of performances such as the one at Etihad Stadium.
“Obviously against Melbourne it-s always good to beat them no matter what the score is,” Ryall said.
“5-0 on Australia Day is pretty special, and the way we played as well, I-m very happy with it.
“The last few weeks we haven-t been at our best but we-ve known in ourselves we can turn it on and we definitely did on the weekend,” he continued.
“It was really satisfying, especially with Milos coming in and also having Hagi back, it was really good for the team. It doesn-t get better than 5-0.”
Ryall-s goal against his old club was arguably the stand out on the afternoon and, although he didn-t always have shooting on his mind, Ryall said he was determined to always go forward when he had possession.
“I-m obviously very happy to win against my old team and get a goal,” said Ryall.
“It sort of just opened up when I cut inside and coming into the match I wanted to be very positive and attacking and once I cut in the defenders sort of split open.
“It happened very quick, my whole plan for the match was to be positive and aggressive so to get the goal in front of the Melbourne fans was pretty special too.”
Ryall was also pleased to have scored against his former club, after again being the target of the home supporters banter.
“Playing against your old team, you-re always going to cop stick and I was copping it a bit,” Ryall said.
“I-ve scored three goals against them now so I can-t imagine they-ve got too much to say.”
Concerns were raised when the defender came off in the second half with a suspected injury however Ryall was quick to confirm that he will be ok for Friday-s clash against the Melbourne Heart at AAMI Park (kick off 7:30pm).
“I got a cork in my thigh,” Ryall said.
“I could have kept going but I just didn-t want to push it too much because we were winning firstly and I hadn-t played in a while as well.
“After a day-s recovery it has settled down quite well so I-ll be right for this week.”
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