'I Always Back Myself' - Barbarouses Snaps Goal Drought Against Phoenix

Sydney FC forward Kosta Barbarouses says he never lost faith in his goalscoring abilities despite failing to find the back of the net for over a year in the A-League.

New Zealand international Barbarouses scored a double on Monday night to give Sydney a 2-1 win over former employers and hometown club Wellington Phoenix.

The 30-year-old - who has found the back of the net from the penalty spot against Western Sydney Wanderers this season - last scored a goal in open play against Melbourne Victory on January 24, 2020.

The departure of ex-Premier League marksman Adam Le Fondre has elevated the goal-scoring responsibility for Barbarouses this season, and having haunted Phoenix with a brilliantly-dispatched double, the Kiwi looks fit again to carry that mantle - particularly with Brazilian star Bobô still to be wedded back into the Sky Blues frontline.

"I always want to score every game that I can to help the team but it hasn't been falling for me," Barbarouses told FOX Sports.

"I always work hard every day at training. You make your own luck and I knew it was always going to turn around. 

He added: "I've gone through patches before, 15 games before and ended up scoring five or six in a row and gone on to win the Championship. 

"So you've always got to back yourself. Maybe for a young player it's a lot to deal with. I've been around for a little bit and I know how to deal with it - just work hard every day. 

"I always back myself."

Barbarouses' double moves Sydney FC third and maintains a peerless record against the Ufuk Talay-managed Phoenix. 

Sydney FC have only lost once to the New Zealanders since 2016/17, while Talay is yet to defeat former boss Steve Corica, with whom he helped navigate the Sky Blues' 2018/19 Championship win as Assistant Coach.

Corica said: "I'm delighted for Kosta. I've always got great belief in Kosta to score goals. I knew it was going to come, it was just when. I think he's turned up tonight at the right time. 

"We've been working extremely hard on his finishing and it's all about confidence."


Western United v Sydney FC 
Saturday 13 February, 2021
Kick-off: 5.05pm AEDT
Venue: AAMI Park 
Broadcast: FOX Sports, ABC TV
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