Lavicka To Make Defensive Changes

Sydney FC coach Vitezslav Lavicka looks set to make defensive changes to his side to play the Central Coast Mariners at the Sydney Football Stadium this afternoon.

Sydney FC coach Vitezslav Lavicka looks set to make defensive changes to his side to play the Central Coast Mariners at the Sydney Football Stadium this afternoon.

The Czech coach believes it-s time to revert to new options after leaking ten goals in the last three games.

“If you have a look at how many goals we conceded in the last three games then this is the time to do it,” he said.

“We conceded many goals but there is not only a defending back four or goalkeeping problem, we have to improve defensively as a unit, as a team, everybody together.”

Sydney will welcome back midfielders Nicky Carle and Karol Kisel to the team as they look to banish the league leaders after a disappointing Christmas period.

“When I look back I think we didn-t pick up the points we expected, but we played part of the games [with] quite good quality football.

"But without the product, without the points, without the victory there-s no satisfaction."

Harbour v Coast this afternoon. SFC go up against local rivals the Mariners at 4pm. Get down to the SFS and protect your home turf by cheering on the Sky Blues! Adults from only $20. Tickets are still available from Ticketek.

Fans can also purchase 3-Game Packs for games in the New Year starting from only $50 for adults. Details for the Big Night Out Pack (including Melbourne Victory game) and the Football Funday Packs can be found here on our website.

For more information on the club's January holiday clinics check out our Community Programs and see Youth Team Head coach Ian Crook-s interview.

Sydney FC squad 1. Liam Reddy, 2. Sebastian Ryall, 3. Jamie Coyne, 4. Pascal Bosschaart, 5. Michael Beauchamp, 7. Brett Emerton, 8. Karol Kisel, 9. Bruno Cazarine, 10. Nick Carle, 11. Dimi Petratos, 12. Shannon Cole, 15. Terry McFlynn (c), 17. Terry Antonis, 18. Juho Makela, 19. Mark Bridge, 20. Ivan Necevski, 21. Scott Jamieson, 23. Rhyan Grant (three to be omitted).

Also this week: • Sydney FC crowds have increased 63 per cent in 2011/12 from last season with an average attendance of 13,094 for the six home games so far this season.