Corica proud of squad’s character despite unsatisfying start to 2022

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Sydney FC have claimed just two points from three A-League Men’s games since the start of 2022. Take this and add to it the disappointment of an FFA Cup semi-final exit, and a glum dressing room atmosphere will come as little surprise.

The Sky Blues have endured a run of five games across two competitions crammed into just two weeks. An intense level of fixture frequency made even more potent with the backdrop of COVID-19 rabidly ripping up domestic football over the last month. 

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Despite the dropping of points in each of their fixtures this year and a 1-0 loss to Central Coast Mariners denying them a grand final return in the FFA Cup, coach Steve Corica revealed his admiration for his squad and commended the temperament his team has adopted both on and off the pitch.

“They’re doing pretty well. Everyone seems to be doing well coming out of the Melbourne Victory game which I thought was a good performance coming back both times,” he said.

“The boys have been showing great character. I’m really pleased with them and obviously we want to bring that into our next game at home in Leichhardt.”

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After nine games, Corica’s men sit in fifth place on 10 points. Similar to their position after nine games last season, when they were in sixth on 12 points.

In the four years previous to that, however, Sydney sat first, third, first and first at this stage of the season. Add to this the fact that they have played three more games than the teams in second, fourth, and sixth place. It’s fair to say this season has been lacklustre, and that they currently sit deep in, albeit, a mighty shadow cast by the club’s vast history of success.

The head coach said he knew a way for the the team to maintain its fighting spirit in pursuit of much needed results.

“Like I said the boys have showed great character but we do need to build on that. We need to start winning and need to pick up some points,” Corica said.

“It’s all about having the desire to win games; that’s all it is. We’ve been good late in matches but I think we’ve been slow at the start which has let the other side into it. That’s how you get caught.”

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With Sunday’s return to Leichhardt against Central Coast Mariners comes a chance of revenge for the side they knocked out of the FFA Cup just 12 days ago. Corica is looking for the same fight and grit he has seen in his team recently to give back to their unwavering support group.

“We definitely want a bit of redemption. Obviously we were disappointed with the result where to be honest I think there was a refereeing mistake that cost us the game,” he said.

“We want all the supporters to come out and cheer on the boys. We know The Cove will be there but we want everyone to turn up. It’s a great atmosphere (at Leichhardt) when there’s a load of people here so we’re looking forward to it.”

Feature Image Credit: Jaime Castaneda

Statistics sourced from Ultimate A-League

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Communications undergrad at Western Sydney University covering Macarthur FC in the 2021/22 season. Newcastle United. Jack Grealish fangirl.

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