Breakthrough win for Sydney FC says Lavicka

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The smiles were visible on the Sydney FC players following the match as they thanked the 8541 fans for attending. Although it’s their lowest crowd of the season at the SFS, tonight’s result for the Sky Blues – a lucky 2-1 win over bottom-placed Gold Coast United – is just the medicine this team need to mend a broken spirit.

Held back no longer? Credit: Kristy Beck

Karol Kisel was the main man for the home team, first through his 70th minute goal that cancelled out star Gold Coast midfielder Ben Halloran’s earlier strike, and then with his assist in the 88th minute to give Cazarine and Sydney the winner.

The Slovakian has been in the headlines recently over comments he made about his uncertainly of the role he plays in the team, and also his frustrations about this season. This evening’s performance however might force his law degree back into the filing cabinet as Kisel, who was part of the Sydney FC team that won the double in 2009/10, seems to have found his place once again.

On paper Sydney’s attacking midfield should he an unstoppable creative force; Carle, Emerton, Kisel, and youngster Antonis are all highly skilled footballers. In tonight’s game the experienced first three aforementioned names were all individually displaying glimpses of their top form , but it is when these players decide to play together that Sydney will truly hit their straps.

With the win their first in seven outings, Sydney coach Vitezslav Lavicka labelled the performance a ‘breakthrough’.

“I have to say that this is a breakthrough for everyone – for the players, the staff, Sydney FC fans, members, all the club. It’s only a small step forward what we did tonight but for the confidence of everyone it’s important”.

Whether or not this is the case remains to be seen as this evening Sydney again came from behind to win and didn’t seem likely to take the points until they were chasing the game. Holding on to a lead is the real key for the Sky Blues at the moment as they have continually conceded late in matches to lose or draw matches in recent weeks.

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Matt Greenlaw
Editor of The Football Sack for three years, Matthew now spends his time sipping merlot whilst watching the reruns of Thursday FC.

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