Corica rues Sydney FC’s ‘sloppy’ defending in Glory defeat

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Sydney FC coach Steve Corica has credited a poor defensive effort and a lack of execution in the final third as his side’s poor recent run continued in a 2-1 loss to Perth Glory on Saturday night.

Sydney FC’s run of four matches in 10 days across all competitions, about to become five in 13 from their next A-League Men’s fixture, has produced just one win and has subsequently seen the Sky Blues bow out of the FFA Cup and slip to their third defeat of the ALM season.

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The horror week for the Sky Blues resulted from the club’s backlog of unplayed fixtures, which saw their FFA Cup semi-final against Central Coast Mariners played out after the tournament was put on hold last month, as well as their league match against Perth Glory, which was originally scheduled for January 2.

But despite the postponements and subsequent rescheduling of matches generating a nightmare fixture for the club, manager Steve Corica did not appear so sensitive to his side’s difficult situation at the hands of their shock 2-1 loss to the Glory.

“That was sloppy,” he said. “Both goals, I’ve got to say that was poor defending and you can’t afford to do that.

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“I know we’ve played four games in 10 days which is difficult for the players, it’s tough to turn around that many games in a short period of time, but still, it’s no excuse for the defending that we had.”

Corica was also quick to deflect the blame of his side’s current lack of goals scored to the injuries of Adam Le Fondre and Kosta Barbarouses, as the Sky Blues manager believes that his current squad of players have produced more than enough chances to see more positive results.

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“We had more shots than them, we had a lot of ball; more ball than them,” he said.

“It’s the final third where we’re obviously lacking a little bit, I wouldn’t say to create chances but to finish chances off.

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“It’s been the case for a couple of weeks now. You can say that we’ve got Le Fondre out and Kosta out as well but we should be good enough to have won this game tonight.”

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Corica was also left to rue the chances which weren’t being created, after the first half produced just two shots from each of the two teams. After the match, both coaches were unanimous in their criticism over each of their respective sides’ underwhelming first half performances.

“In the first half we lacked forward runs and that urgency to score goals,” Corica said.

“But we were a lot better in the second half with creating opportunities and getting balls into the box with a little bit more urgency.

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“I thought we lacked a little bit of penetration and maybe played it a few times too safe,” Glory coach Richard Garcia said.

“But that’s what we spoke about at half time; to take more risks and make sure that we’re rewarding strikers’ good runs, so I thought in the second half they started to do that a little bit more.”

Goals from ex-Sydney midfielder Brandon O’Neill and star forward Bruno Fornaroli proved Glory’s improvement upon their first half showing, as they surprisingly cruised to victory in the midst of a horror week for the club, following the backflip upon plans to re-open the Western Australian border by February 5.

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The Glory will undoubtedly be raring to meet the challenge of facing a second-placed Macarthur on Wednesday night, after the win against the Sky Blues on Saturday had shot them all the way up from last to eighth position on the table.

The Sky Blues on the other hand, will be desperate to recover their season beginning with a daunting Big Blue derby on Tuesday night in Melbourne.

Feature Image Credit: Ngau Kai Yan

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Jimmy Alexander
Jimmy Alexander
Covering Sydney FC for the 2021/22 A-League season. Studying a Bachelor of Sports Media (Journalism) at Charles Sturt University.

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