Gibbs wants Victory repeat

After smashing Perth Glory 5-2 last weekend, Sydney FC’s National Youth League side are well and truly looking forward to doing battle with Melbourne Victory this Sunday.

After smashing Perth Glory 5-2 last weekend, Sydney FC-s National Youth League side are well and truly looking forward to doing battle with Melbourne Victory this Sunday.

For Joe Gibbs, it was a welcome victory on the longest away trip in the league. “It was a good game, we played well and stuck to the plan that we had,” he said.

The absence of coach Ian Crook clearly did little to affect the visiting side. Gibbs said, “Even though Crookie wasn-t there, we played the way we usually do and we got the result. We attacked really well.”

Such a convincing win sets Sydney FC in great stead for their upcoming match against Melbourne Victory at Leichhardt Oval on Sunday afternoon.

Despite Victory having failed to amass a point so far this season, Gibbs was adamant that the match would be a challenging one. “It-ll be a test for us,” he said, “we-re in form and we-re playing some good football.”

He continued, “We-re looking forward to playing the game and we-re creating some good chances.”

Chances created are irrelevant if they are not being converted into goals and with 12 scored already this season, Sydney FC are looking very sharp in the final third.

Gibbs was quick to praise both the individual and the collective. He commented, “Mitch Mallia-s in great form, he-s scored two hat tricks.”

Gibbs continued, “Crookie-s set out a good way of playing football, we-re pressing high and winning the ball early.”

“As a result, we-re dominating games, so we-re not just winning, but we-re winning well,” he added.

An elegant attacker, Gibbs made his only appearance for the first team so far as a substitute in the 2010 Hyundai A League Grand Final against Melbourne Victory.

Personally, he feels right at home and is comfortable with his progress. Team spirit is strong amongst a group of players that are enjoying their football.

Gibbs was happy to confirm, saying, “The season is going really well. I-m playing in a position I like and I-m really enjoying playing with the boys.”

Sydney FC v Melbourne Victory Leichhardt Oval Sunday, November 20 Kick off: 3pm