We will be ready for the Mariners

Sydney FC coach Vitezslav Lavicka says his team’s unity and hard working ethos will see them primed to take all three points against the Central Coast Mariners at the Sydney Football Stadium this Saturday night (7:30pm kick-off).

Sydney FC coach Vitezslav Lavicka says his team-s unity and hard working ethos will see them primed to take all three points against the Central Coast Mariners at the Sydney Football Stadium this Saturday night (7:30pm kick-off).

The Sky Blues return home after consecutive games on the road and will take on Graeme Arnold-s Mariners in the traditional local derby in round for A-League action.

"We are disappointed. Players in the changing room are disappointed. All of us are disappointed, but we'll work hard at training and stay together," Lavicka said.

"Of course it's disappointing. We expected a better start. We've had a slow start, but the season is only played three rounds yet.

"All of us and me personally believe that we have improved and we have a deeper squad and we'll play better next time."

Lavicka praised the performance of a the new-look Roar, who extended their head-to-head over Sydney FC at Suncorp Stadium to 6-2 with their 1-nil win on Saturday night.

"I have to say their whole team played very well tonight, especially in attack, they moved the ball quickly and put us under pressure," he said.

"Full credit to the home team, they deserved it, because they played very attacking football and created a lot of chances.

"We had a difficult situation before the game, but we didn't complain - that's football, it's sometimes like this. We played a deep defensive block and tried to play some quick counters on some pieces.

"It was very hard.”

The Sky Blues will be boosted by the return of key strikers Mark Bridge (hamstring) and Alex Brosque (ankle) for the Mariners showdown.

"I believe that (Brosque and Bridge) will be available, or a minimum of one of them will be available and ready to play the next game, but it's hard to say now.

"The medical staff and players are doing the maximum to be ready for next week, but we'll see.”