Lavicka optimistic after first hit out of season

Sydney FC coach Vitezslav Lavicka is optimistic the two-time Champions can return to the top of the Hyundai A-League after watching his side split the points with Melbourne Victory in an epic “Big Blue” clash in front of 40,351 fans at Etihad Stadium on Saturday night.

Sydney FC coach Vitezslav Lavicka is optimistic the two-time Champions can return to the top of the Hyundai A-League after watching his side split the points with Melbourne Victory in an epic “Big Blue” clash in front of 40,351 fans at Etihad Stadium on Saturday night.

Sydney FC played entertaining football with passion, courage and energy, in a match that showed the Sky Blues were ready to move on from the 2010/11 season.

“I am more optimistic after that performance,” Lavicka said. “I must say that out team gave its maximum in the match. We played some very good football, like we have been trying to play and we did everything except score the goals. But, I am happy because we created a lot of chances, which is a good sign.

“Full credit to the Melbourne Victory goalkeeper because he made some very good saves that denied us from the goal that would have won the match for us tonight.

“Compared to last year I think the team performance was much better and we know we can continue to work hard and we will continue to improve our performances and also the results. It was a very entertaining game for the fans.”

Lavicka also took time out to praise Sydney FC goalkeeper Liam Reddy, who played easily his best match in a Sky Blues shirt in a Man of the Match performance.

“We are very happy with Liam,” Lavicka said. “He had a great performance tonight. He made some very important saves because it must be said that Melbourne had a lot of chances, the same as we did but Liam was great in the goals and helped us achieve a clean sheet against Melbourne in Melbourne.”