Sydney FC star Ryan McGowan says the Sky Blues are out to right their wrongs of recent weeks and deliver a statement of intent to the Hyundai A-League ahead of the Finals Series.
Coming off the back of a rare two-straight defeats, McGowan vowed to bounce back on Thursday night against Adelaide United and deliver a performance worthy of Premiers.
“We’ve got a lot to play for in terms of making sure that in these next few games we put a few wrongs right since we’ve come back after COVID,” he said
“Making sure that we’re going into the Finals Series in good form and recapturing the form we’ve got that made us Premiers.
“We have high standards and that’s what we were most disappointed with, that we didn’t perform to the levels we have throughout this season.
“We’re at a club that’s expected to win and none of us have gone out there to lose the last two,” he continued.
“At the end of the day we want to break records and that starts again on Thursday where we want to put out a statement that says ‘yeah we’ve had two bad results but we want to make sure that it’s finished, and that we’re going into the Finals red hot favourites’.”
McGowan takes on his hometown club on Thursday night, almost 10 months since his Round 1 winner split the sides in October 2019, and the towering defender is looking forward to the occasion as a newly crowed Premiership winner.
“It should be a good game on Thursday night,” he said.
“We’re looking to turn it around on Thursday night and I’m looking forward to playing the hometown club and trying to get the win.
“It’s been a long time since Round 1, it’s crazy to think that’s it’s still the same season and that it started so long ago.
“I’m really happy to have won the Premiers Plate, it shows we’re the most consistent team over the course of the season,” he continued.
“I came to Sydney FC wanting to win things but it’s a lot harder to actually win those things.
“Now, let’s finish it off these next five games and ion the double and that’ll be a successful season.”
Sydney FC face Adelaide United at ANZ Stadium on Thursday night (kick off 7:30pm AEST). Catch the match LIVE on Fox Sports 507 or streamed on Kayo Sports and the My Football Live app, and catch Sydney FC official pre-game show LIVE on their Facebook 30 minutes before kick off.