Corica: We’re gutted we dropped two points

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Sydney FC manager Steve Corica has admitted his side is “gutted,” after conceding a last-minute goal against Melbourne City in the side’s 1-1 draw on Saturday afternoon.

Sydney took the lead in in the 54th minute, after Kosta Barbarouses pounced on a Tom Glover error to score for the third consecutive game in a row.

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The champions looked set to record their third win in a week, until substitute Marco Tilio was brought down by Alex Wilkinson in the box, gifting Jamie Maclaren a penalty – which he dispatched with ease.

Steve Corica was understandably disappointed his side was unable to see out the win, which would have lifted them to second place on the ladder above City.

“I’m a bit gutted we didn’t get the three points,” Corica said.

“They scored from a penalty right at the end. We dropped two points but outplayed them throughout the game.

“We were unlucky not to see out the game.”

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Despite conceding a goal, that cost them victory with one of the last kicks of the game, Sydney was arguably the better side for long periods of the game.

Last time the two sides met Sydney were dominated by City, but many have City as the team to beat this season, following a string of excellent results on the back of a potent strike-force.

This time the clash between last season’s grand finalists was a completely different affair. Corica claimed the previous clash against City was a “one off, bad performance” from his team.

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The Sydney coach pointed to his sides positive performance, claiming that despite the draw, the team were almost back to their best.

“We dominated the ball for long periods of the game and caused them a lot of problems,” he said.

“There’s a lot of positives … the mental factor for our boys, knowing that they can do it … we have a lot of quality players. We were unlucky not to see out the game.”

Feature image credit: Ngau Kai Yan

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Adam Sheldon
Full time football addict. Passionate about any sport with balls. Covering Sydney FC A-League and W-League teams for the upcoming season.

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