Enjoy The Day - Crook

Ian Crook is urging players and fans to simply enjoy the game against the Newcastle Jets on Saturday evening as the fixture closes in on being sold out.

Ian Crook is urging players and fans to simply enjoy the game against the Newcastle Jets on Saturday evening as the fixture closes in on being sold out.

The Sydney FC Head Coach was part of the club-s inaugural A-League backroom staff in the 2005/06 Championship winning season and is aware occasions like this don-t come along too often.

“It-ll be a great atmosphere here on the weekend obviously with Alessandro-s first game at home,” he said.

“There has been a lot of hype around so it-s one to just embrace and enjoy because it-s not too often that we-ve been able to get close to a full house here. It-ll be brilliant.”

Sydney FC hope to break their record attendance for a regular A-League fixture, which stands at over 33,000.

Crook will need to replace young star Terry Antonis after the 18 year old was ruled out with concussion, sustained the 2-0 defeat in Wellington.

“We-ve got a couple of options at the moment whether we put young (Hagi) Gligor in or Dimi Petratos.

“We-ll assess things from today and some other stuff from the other day, then myself, Bimbi (Steve Corica - Asst Coach) and Spider (Zeljko Kalac - Goalkeeper coach) will sit down and decide that,” he concluded.

Saturday-s game will be preceded by a celebrity match with a Unicef team including Wallabies World Cup Winning captain Nick Farr-Jones and Sydney FC-s dual international Ellyse Perry taking on a Fox Sports team with Premier League winners Robbie Slater and Mark Bosnich, plus presenter Mel McLaughlin. Kick-off is at 3.30pm.

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