“There is no complacency - we want to just keep winning,” Head Coach Steve Corica said as Sydney FC’s relentless ambition makes for bad news for the chasing pack in the Hyundai A-League Premiership race.
It’s going to take an almighty effort to reel in the Hyundai A-League’s top side after they took another big step to the Premiership with their 11th straight win in the #BigBlue on Friday night.
The Sky Blues are now ten points clear atop the Hyundai A-League table following their emphatic 3-0 win over Melbourne Victory at AAMI Park.
They also hold a game in hand over second-placed Melbourne City, while last year’s Grand Final opponents Perth Glory are 12 points adrift of top spot – with those side’s challenge dented as they settled for a scoreless draw in Round 16.
Sydney FC are firing on all cylinders with Adam Le Fondre again on the score sheet in Round 16 to restore his advantage atop the Hyundai A-League Golden Boot charts, while Kosta Barbarouses and Alex Baumjohann also got amongst the goals as they go from strength-to-strength in their first Sky Blues campaign.
Defensively, things are on the up for the Sky Blues as well as they held their nerve in the pressure-cooker #BigBlue atmosphere to post their first clean sheet of the new year.
Ryan McGowan goes from strength-to-strength in the heart of their defensive line – earning a place in the Round 16 Team of the Week – while goalkeeper Andrew Redmayne continues to prove up to task in the big moments.
The old adage is that defences win Premierships and it appears to be firmly in the mind of Corica as he plots his team’s path to season’s end.
“I was very pleased about the defensive effort today because we’ve spoken about it and I think that is one area we can definitely improve on and we did it today,” he said.
“[The] clean sheet was the most important thing, so that was great to see the boys work extremely hard for that getting the clean sheet.”
The Sky Blues 13 goals conceded this season is only one more goal than the league’s benchmark – Glory have conceded 12 – and coupled with their league-best return of 33 goals it’s getting harder to find the weakness in their Premiership push.