Sydney keeps the faith in fight for the finals
Earning a place in the Hyundai A-League playoffs might look like a long-shot for Sydney FC at the moment with the side sitting five points off fourth with only four games remaining before the finals, but the Sky Blues are maintaining the faith, and they’re confident they can climb the mountain.
Earning a place in the Hyundai A-League playoffs might look like a long-shot for Sydney FC at the moment with the side sitting five points off fourth with only four games remaining before the finals, but the Sky Blues are maintaining the faith, and they-re confident they can climb the mountain.
“If you don-t believe then it won-t happen so you-ve got to aim for the stars and see how close you get,” said in-form utility, Shannon Cole. “We-ve got players in our team that can produce some individual brilliance and if we keep doing the simple things well and maintain the determination and passion then there-s no reason we can-t get over the line.”
“Provided the guys keep their heads up, and we-ve talked about it already, they need to stay positive, then we give ourselves a chance,” added coach, John Kosmina. “If we go to Adelaide and play like we did last week than I-m quite confident we can get a result.”
The results haven-t been coming Sydney-s way in recent weeks but Kosmina-s men have been improving with every outing, and they threaten to peak at the right end of the season if they can sneak into the top-four.
“The boys were really shattered that we didn-t get the result (against Melbourne),” said Cole. “They-re a good team and they did well to take the 3 points, but we really could have won that game by a couple of goals, and the position that we-re in we should have done, so definitely the confidence is there that we can make a run for the finals and we-ll give it our best.”
Cole opened Saturday-s match against the Victory in spectacular style, finding the net after only thirty-seconds, and the 24-year-old is enjoying his personal renaissance after bursting onto the scene early in the season.
“In recent weeks people have been saying I-ve had a drop in form but I-ve had a few compliments over the last couple of weeks, so happy about that, but it-s a team sport so it-s not as enjoyable as it could be.”
“I feel a little less inhibited (in the midfield) when it comes to trying things and taking risks in attack, whereas you have to be a bit more responsible when you-re playing at the back as the last line of defence. Hopefully I can keep playing well and we can get the points this weekend in Adelaide.”
Sydney will be desperate to get a result when it lines up against the Reds on Adelaide Oval this Saturday evening.
The crucial round-18 clash with the league-leaders kicks off at 8pm East Coast time.